Google stops business w/ Huawei, pulls Play Store, Google apps, Android updates

According to a blacklist order, Google is stopping business with Huawei entirely. This means that Huawei devices won’t have access to any Google services or Play Store.


Reuters, taking a closer look at the matter, states that Google will immediately stop the business with Huawei, making it to take back all the apps and services from the company. This means Google Play Store, Google Services and the whole collaboration with the Android operating system will no longer be available to Huawei.

Apparently, specific details are still being discussed by Google internally, but this effective ban would limit Huawei solely to using the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). For future Huawei devices, the Play Store wouldn’t be supported, and Google’s own apps such as Gmail or Chrome won’t be available either.

Alphabet Inc’s Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware and software products except those covered by open source licenses… 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.

Huawei will continue to have access to the version of the Android operating system available through the open source license that is freely open to anyone who wishes to use it. But Google will stop providing any technical support and collaboration for Android and Google services to Huawei going forward, the source said.

As it seems, the whole ceasing will not be affected on current devices carrying the Android system and Google’s services. Only future phones and those sold outside China will be affected, on future releases.

UpdateGoogle confirmed on Sunday evening that the Play Store, Play Protect, and other services “will keep functioning” on existing Huawei devices.

Of course this will affect current running devices as well, as the promised Android Q updates won’t be coming along with Huawei. This can also mean hat Huawei won’t be releasing another Wear OS device.

In any case, losing Google’s various services as well as its support in Android is going to be a major blow to Huawei’s smartphone business. The company has previously mentioned that it has an operating system in the works that could replace Android on its devices, but even that would be a major drawback for customers. After all, it was called a “worst-case scenario,” and now it looks like it’s come true…

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