Google restricts Huawei’s use of Android
May 20th, 2019 at 3:02 pm
Google restricts Huawei’s use of Android

International desk – The US internet giant Google has barred the Chinese telecommunication technology company, Huawei, world’s second biggest smartphone maker from some updates of the Andriod operating system.

The new designs of Huawei smartphones are set to lose access to some Google apps, according to BBC.

The decision for restriction came after United States considers Huawei’s 5G smartphone as a national threat and accuses company of data espionage through the phone.

The Trump administration added Huawei to a list of companies that American firms cannot trade with unless they have a licence.

Google said it was “complying with the order and reviewing the implications”.

Chinese multinational technology company Huawei

Huawei said it would continue to provide security updates and after sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products covering those 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,” it added.

BBC reported that the existing Huawei smartphone users will be able to update apps and push through security fixes, as well as update Google Play services.

But when Google launches the next version of Android later this year, it may not be available on Huawei devices.

Future Huawei devices may no longer have apps such as YouTube and Maps.

Huawei can still use the version of the Android operating system available through an open source licence.

Ben Wood, from the CCS Insight consultancy, said the move by Google would have “big implications for Huawei’s consumer business”.