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Google pulls Huawei’s Android licence days after US govt put it on trade blacklist

In a huge blow to the Chinese company, Google has cut off Huawei’s Android licence, Reuters reports. The development comes just days after the US government added Huawei to a trade blacklist, preventing it from buying components from US companies without prior government approval. Google’s decision means Huawei will only be able to use the public version of Android, known as the Android Open Source Project. It won’t be able to use Google’s proprietary apps and services such as the Play Store, Gmail and YouTube, which are not covered by the open source license and require a commercial agreement with Google. Chipmakers including Intel Corp., Qualcomm Inc., Xilinx Inc. and Broadcom Inc. have told their employees they will not supply Huawei till further notice, per Bloomberg. People who already own Huawei smartphones with Google apps will continue to be able to download app updates provided by Google. A Google spokesperson told MediaNama, "We are complying with the (government’s) order and reviewing the implications. For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices.” But future phones will lack these, potentially crippling Huawei’s phone business outside China. Huawei has said it has spent years developing its own technology in case it is blocked from using Android, the report said. Google’s decision comes days after the US government added Huawei and 70 affiliates to its ‘Entity List’, thereby preventing them from buying components from US companies without government approval.…

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