In a shocking move, Google has halted its business operations with Huawei, one of the leading mobile phone manufacturers in the world, effective immediately according to a Reuters report.
The halted business streams include anything in relation to the transfer of hardware and software products except the open source ones. If accurate, this can send shockwaves across the world and massively impact Huawei users and businesses all over the world.
“Huawei Technologies Co Ltd will immediately lose access to updates to the Android operating system, and the next version of its smartphones outside of China will also lose access to popular applications and services including the Google Play Store and Gmail app,” said the Reuters report.
Last Thursday, the Trump administration added Huawei in their trade blacklist and owing to that it will be extremely difficult for Huawei to do business with US companies.
Google is one of the US companies with the highest number of consumers in the world using its open-source operating system Android.
The move will put the users of Huawei smartphones in limbo, they won’t be able to get any new Android updates, security patches and will even lose access to Google Play Store which makes a huge portion of Android phone experience.
The list of smartphones includes the recently launched high-end flagships of Huawei including P30, P30 Pro, Mate 20 Pro, and the list continues.
Huawei, in just the recent quarter of 2019, shipped more than 59 million smartphones which makes a huge chunk of devices powered by Android Operating System.
A source closer to the matter mentions that Google was forced to end ties with Huawei as a result of trade blacklisting of Huawei in the US.
Otherwise, Huawei was expected to become the biggest seller of Android-powered devices in the world beating Samsung and other Chinese smartphone manufacturers by a good margin.
Huawei will continue to have access to the licensed open source version of the Android operating system, which is available for everyone to use.
“Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry.
Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products covering those that have been sold or still in-stock globally.
We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally,” said Huawei.
The recent move by Google is going to change the power game between different smartphone manufacturers but only time will tell how Chinese smartphone companies and Chinese establishments will react and respond over this.
Current Android phones will continue to have access to Google services and applications. It means that the upcoming devices of Huawei will be impacted as a result of this development.
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