Google restricts Huawei’s access to Android apps
Google restricts the access of its Android operating system and apps for Chinese tech giant Huawei after US’s President Donald Trump administration blacklisted the firm.
The order not only impacted Google but the US chip-makers as well. Intel Corp, Qualcomm Inc., Xilinx Inc., and Broadcom Inc. have all stopped doing business with the Chinese tech giant
“We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications,” a Google spokesperson said on Monday. Huawei, the world’s No. 2 smartphone seller, relies on a suite of Google services for its devices, including the Android system and the Google Play app store.
Huawei will now only be able to use the public version of Android and the new phones will not have Google play store, Gmail, and other services provided by Google.
The users who are now using the Huawei smartphones will not be affected by this order, but they won’t be able to update their phones.
However, the Chinese tech company claim that for the last three years that have been working on their own operating system.
“Huawei has been building an alternative operating system just in case it is needed,” said Huawei spokesperson Glenn Schloss. “We would like to be able to continue operating in the Microsoft and Google ecosystems,” he added.
The company has bought Microsoft’s operating system license for its laptops and tablets. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT) did not immediately respond to a request for comment.