Breaking: Google Suspends Partial Business with China’s Huawei after Trump Blacklist
Google suspended some business with China’s Huawei following President Trump’s blacklist of the company.
Huawei is not pleased with President Trump’s decision.
Washington's actions against #Huawei will only serve to weaken competition, slow down #5G innovation and prevent U.S. consumers and businesses from accessing the world’s most advanced communications technology. #HuaweiFacts
— Huawei Facts (@HuaweiFacts) May 17, 2019
Huawei was already facing serious trouble following the Trump administration’s de facto ban, but it might get considerably worse. Reuters sources claim Google has suspended transactions with Huawei that require transferring proprietary hardware and software, hobbling much of its smartphone business outside of China. It “immediately” loses access to future OS updates beyond the Android Open Source Project, according to the insider, and upcoming phones would have to go without official apps like the Google Play Store and Gmail.
The company is still “internally” discussing which services are going away, the source said. Google would cut off all tech support and collaboration for Android and services, however.
We’ve asked Google for comment. If accurate, though, the suspension would represent a serious blow to Huawei’s mobile efforts. Although this shouldn’t dent the company’s Chinese business much (it can’t use Google apps in the country), it depends on access to Google apps to remain competitive with devices like the P30 Pro.