Google has decided to cut ties with Huawei. The U.S. based tech conglomerate has done so to remain in operational compliance as Huawei has been added to the Bureau of Industry (BIS) Entity List. This means that any American firm that wishes to sell products to Huawei requires a license to do so.
The problem that this creates for Huawei is for the use of the Google’s licensed Android operating system for its phones. The only version the Chinese based firm can use is an open-source version that is available to the public. This means that Huawei phones can no longer ship with common Android services that users are now accustomed to seeing on their phones.
In an interview last Monday, a spokesperson from Google indicated that the tech conglomerate is simply complying with the order from Washington D.C. The representative also went on to indicate that Google Play security protections and the base Google Play app still work on existing Huawei Android devices.
A spokesperson from Huawei was also interviewed that stated that the Chinese based firm is now evaluating the impact of the decision on consumers.
While it is a huge hit to Huawei, the firm has committed to providing security updates and after sales service to devices that are already in stock or have already been sold worldwide.
Apart from the operating system, Huawei, which is one of the largest mobile phone providers in the world, also does business with many U.S. based businesses for equipment and component. Some of these businesses such as Intel, have advised Huawei that they cannot sell to them until further notice.
In terms of preparation, Huawei states that it had created an operating system just in case a time came where it could no longer use those provided by Google and Microsoft. Additionally, it has also been working on chip technology.