Google restricts Huawei's use of Android

Google restricts Huawei's use of Android

Rishabh Pachory

If you've been keeping up with tech news, you would know that of late, there seems to be some issue regarding Huawei and their privacy settings. They are said to have sold users data and it is said that they collect data through the back door. Now, with this in mind, Google is banning Huawei from using their open source software, Android OS.

Google has cut phone maker Huawei off from some updates to the Android operating system, dealing a blow to the Chinese firm. New Huawei smartphones will also lose access to popular Google apps. This could potentially lead to a dip in the number of consumers that use Huawei smartphones.

The move comes after the Trump administration added Huawei to a list of companies that American firms cannot trade with unless they have a licence. In a statement, Google said it was "complying with the order and reviewing the implications".

Huawei has declined to comment. Only about two months ago Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei's consumer products division had told a German newspaper that the beleaguered Chinese smartphone brand had been prepping a mobile OS as a kind of Plan B if the company ever got cut off by Google from relying on Android, reported.

The move by Google, means the company has just lost its Android license, and its devices will no longer receive Android updates -- nor will its future handsets be able to access Google apps as well as the Google Play Store. Any new Huawei devices would no longer have apps such as YouTube and Maps.

Huawei can still use the version of the Android operating system available through an open source licence, though. Ben Wood, from the CCS Insight consultancy, said the move by Google would have "big implications for Huawei's consumer business". At it's core, it seems like a dead end for Huawei and they have to get on top of their game. Though there are no important phones that they are about to launch, they will have to figure out a way to wriggle out of this one.