Google has suspended all business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing after the US issued a ban on products made by the Chinese telecoms company, said Reuters.
The move could deter Huawei’s smartphone business outside China as the tech giant will immediately lose access to updates of Google’s Android operating system, reported Reuters. Future versions of Huawei smartphones that run on Android will also lose access to popular services including the Google Play Store as well as Gmail and YouTube apps.
A Google spokesperson said the company is “complying with the order and reviewing the implications” without giving details.“Huawei will only be able to use the public version of Android and will not be able to get access to proprietary apps and services from Google,” the source added.
In addition, the Chinese telecom company remains heavily dependent on outside suppliers for chips, especially US companies, in key areas such as base stations and chip-making. Huawei has said it imports about 30% of its components from US firms, with those components worth about $11 billion annually.
Responding to this, Huawei executives have said that the company has been developing its own chips for years, anticipating an extreme scenario of this nature.