Huawei soon losing access to Android updates, Google apps, after Trump trade ban [Updated]
What you need to know
- Huawei won't receive access to future Android updates
- Future Huawei smartphones may not be certified for Google services like Gmail or Maps
- Current timeline for restriction delayed to August 19, 2019
- Move comes after Huawei was added to U.S. trade blacklist following Trump executive order
Update 3: The U.S. Commerce Department has granted a temporary license for Huawei, restoring its ability to operate existing networks and provide software updates to devices.
The temporary general license is specifically aimed at letting Huawei support existing customers and devices, rather than continue development of future products using software, technology or components from U.S. companies. The license is set to run until August 19, 2019, buying Huawei time to operate somewhat normally and ease the burden on consumers and businesses that currently work with Huawei.
Details are not yet fully available, but the expectation is that this temporary license would not allow Huawei to, for example, work with companies like Google on future versions of Android or Qualcomm on future smartphones.
Update 2: Huawei has furnished an official response, stating that it will continue to roll out security updates and after-sales service to all Huawei and Honor devices. The Honor 20 global launch is also scheduled to go through unchanged on May 21:
Update 1: Google has clarified that Google Play services and Play Protect will continue to work on Huawei devices:
For Huawei users' questions regarding our steps to comply w/ the recent US government actions: We assure you while we are complying with all US gov't requirements, services like Google Play & security from Google Play Protect will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device.For Huawei users' questions regarding our steps to comply w/ the recent US government actions: We assure you while we are complying with all US gov't requirements, services like Google Play & security from Google Play Protect will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device.— Android (@Android) May 20, 2019May 20, 2019
Original story follows:
Reuters reports that Google has put gears in motion to stop working with Huawei on future Android updates and device certifications after an executive order and subsequent U.S. Commerce Department blacklist made it difficult for certain companies to pursue business with U.S. entities.
Google is merely complying with the trade blacklist, on which Huawei and 68 of its subsidiaries were placed last week. The ban was enacted when Huawei was placed on a so-called Entity List, which bars the company from purchasing equipment from U.S. companies without prior government approval, something the Commerce Department is unlikely to give in the near future. The Trump administration has accused Huawei of working with the Communist Party of China to undermine international networks by potentially installing backdoors in network equipment. No proof of such vulnerabilities has been made public.
Because of the trade ban, companies like Google, Qualcomm, Intel, and NVIDIA are not allowed to sell or make deals with companies on the Entity List; Huawei relies on Google for access to the closed portions of Android, as well as its Play Services suite, which must be approved for every phone a manufacturer releases. According to Reuters, Google won't retroactively remove Play Services support for existing phones, but it will no longer provide software updates for them, and it won't certify new phones. Huawei already released a list of phones to be updated to Android Q, but it's unclear whether those devices will receive it once it's released to the public later this summer
Huawei isn't barred from using Android's open-source components, which are freely available to any organization so long as they abide by the licensing terms. Huawei uses Android's open source libraries, also known as AOSP, to build EMUI's core codebase as well as release updates to its phones in China, where Google services are not available.
More likely: This is just leverage and eventually Huawei will get permission to do business with Google, Intel, MS, etc. After all, US worked things out with ZTE last year, and the real concern w.r.t. Huawei is about infrastructure, not phones.More likely: This is just leverage and eventually Huawei will get permission to do business with Google, Intel, MS, etc. After all, US worked things out with ZTE last year, and the real concern w.r.t. Huawei is about infrastructure, not phones.— Alex Dobie (@alexdobie) May 19, 2019May 19, 2019
It's not clear whether the U.S. government intends for this to be a death blow of sorts to Huawei's western prospects — it also has a thriving PC business where it purchases components from Intel and NVIDIA — or if the trade ban is to be used as leverage with China in trying to reach better terms on an overall trade deal with the country.
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I'll get a Samsung if they release Tizen, either one of those companies can find themself in the same position. Why would i support Android when its used by ***** like Trump as a political weapon?
Google is the one who enforced the two years of updates for new devices. If Google is withdrawing those updates then they are to blame.
They may have reasons but they need to deal with that themselves
It's Huawei today.
Could be Samsung tomorrow.
Its a shame Blackberry died. We needed more competition and at this stage i'd welcome it from Japan, or Korea, possibly even China
The majority of people arent as invested as you think. I ant think of one person I know who uses google for music. Mobile gaming is a joke. Settings only really matter on Android.
My contact list can easily be imported and is backed up seprately anyway The only issue would be apps, but again, if other OEM's didnt want to be held hostage like this and worked together thats something that would be bridged
No word of a lie, there was an American on facebook earlier, who genuinely thought only Samsung made Android phones. I'm fairly certain thats not an isolated case.
Yeah what I'm saying is kind of wishful, but not really, I mean companies are doing it right now, Samsung are the biggest who recognises that they cant be dependent on Google and Android.
The foundations has always been there. Its whether they want it enough to work together to do it.
I mean the biggest risk, is the market ends up with a dozen OS's, but that would be interesting. Android dominates because it has partners. if those partners are now competition, what then?
Yeah it'll be a blow, and it may kill off Huawei, but its the start of a new era of OEM's suddenly realising that reliance on Android and Google is not a good business model after all, and it'll be Android that suffers ultimately
America has given them nothing. Its kind of telling
they can make their own updates and store they have the money to do an better job then google.
google maps ad gmail are the major culprits. apple has no gmaps either and it does just fine.
there are 20 ways out of this mess for huawei so no worries there
Consumers have a right to know. this isnt diplomatic negotiations. Dont treat it as such. This is very much in the consumers interests.
And information should be shared
And everything to do with the billions that Huawei were investing in 5G research well before American companies started doing the same.
Why would the Chinese government put back doors in their tech? They dont need to. They risk far more than they would gain by doing so.
And have we forgotten the hypocrisy of American spy agencies doing the same thing a few years back. Stop spouting off the party line and actually think about it
Huawei would have no choice but to hand over network data to the Chinese government if Beijing asked for it, because of espionage and national security laws in the country. Major governments
the u.s have no partners, sorry, but the U.S thinks about the U.S and that is that and since Trump took over it has got worse. TBH, I hope this all blows back in Trumps face, if I hear him on the radio I turn the radio off, I can not stand hearing that nits voice.
pretty sad when you are so known for spying on people that you would need to sign a no spying agreement with the U.S.
bye bye Huawei
Almost as if the yanks were feeling threatened for being lazy
Maybe this may make companies sit up and combine to get an open source spy free OS, on both computers and phone. Stranger things have happened. does make me laugh that the U.S is worried about people spying on them and yet they spy on their own citizens.
Would be interesting to see the reactions on an iphone ban :-) Regarding Google stopping android for Huawei: it´s just politics and leverage in the ongoing trade negotioations. In a month or two it´ll be business as usual. Smart move by mr T to find a method to bring the worlds attention to his little beef with china, by the way.
No coincidence of course that he's doing this now with Chinese trade talks due next month. Those blaming Google, its not their fault, President Trump made an executive order, Google, Microsoft, Intel etc etc have to comply.