Revoking Android license means Huawei future smartphones will no longer have access to Android updates and apps like Gmail or the Play Store, as well as Google technical support beyond services that are publicly available via open source licensing, Reuters report.
Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order declaring a national emergency banning foreign companies—over surveillance fear—from doing telecommunication business in the United States without the government’s approval.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that President Trump “has made it clear that this Administration will do what it takes to keep America safe and prosperous, and to protect America from foreign adversaries who are actively and increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in information and communications technology infrastructure and services in the United States.”
The Trump administration added Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and some 68 affiliates to its so-called “Entity List”—a list of companies that American firms like Qualcomm, Intel, and Google cannot trade with unless they have an approval from the U.S. government.
Also three of the world’s leading chip makers—Intel, Qualcomm, and Broadcom—are also reportedly cutting off their trades with Huawei, effective immediately.
In a statement via Android’s official Twitter account, the company says current Huawei smartphones will continue having access to services like Google Play and security from Google Play Protect. However, they won’t receive any future OS updates, like the upcoming Android Q.
“For Huawei users’ questions regarding our steps to comply w/ the recent U.S. government actions: We assure you while we are complying with all U.S. gov’t requirements, services like Google Play & security from Google Play Protect will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device,” Google’s Android account tweeted.
It seems like Huawei has been prepared for “worst-case scenarios,” specifically for the event of being banned from using Android, and has already been working on its own operating system, Huawei executive Richard Yu said in an interview with Die Welt.