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Google suspends Huawei's Android license, forces switch to open source version




Having recently approved the rules of the Trump administration, Google has terminated the Huawei Android license, forces it to move to the Android Open Source project.

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The change will not immediately affect owners of Huawei phones, since they will be able to update some apps via the Google Play store, Reuters noted. However, the company must use its own system to create wider OS updates and only once they have been published via AOSP.

It can cut Huawei off from important apps and services like Gmail, YouTube and even Chrome. Most Google mobile apps are already banned in Huawei's Chinese homeland, but they are licensed for units in markets like Europe.

The company has reportedly spent several years preparing for such readiness, and even uses some of the relinquishing technology on Chinese versions of its phones. However, the West is not likely to be happy without access to services many consider cornerstones on the Internet.

Last week, the US Commerce Department left Huawei and 70 affiliates to its "Entity List," and prevented it from buying from US companies without a license showing that there is no national security risk. At the same time, President Donald Trump signed a managerial order that blocks companies from using telecom equipment from companies considered a national security risk – such as Huawei and ZTE.

Trump administration has expressed concerns that Huawei's ties with the Chinese government may lead to backdoors, and in fact, a report has claimed the discovery of such activity in the Netherlands. Huawei has denied such a threat and argued that US action is really supposed to prevent Chinese business.

The US ban could actually kick a leg out from under Huawei since it relied on US suppliers such as Qualcomm. It can give companies like Apple a better chance in China, even though it still has to deal with price barriers and local brands like Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo.


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