In a surprise move, Google has halted its business operations with Huawei, one of the leading mobile phone manufacturers in the world, effective immediately — a report by Reuters notes. The halted business streams include anything in relation to the transfer of hardware and software products except the open source ones. If accurate, this can send shockwaves across the world and massively impact Huawei users and businesses all over the world.
“Huawei Technologies Co Ltd will immediately lose access to updates to the Android operating system, and the next version of its smartphones outside of China will also lose access to popular applications and services including the Google Play Store and Gmail app,” – Reuters
Popular Google apps such as Gmail, YouTube and the Chrome browser that are available through Google’s Play Store will disappear from future Huawei handsets as those services are not covered by the open source license and require a commercial agreement with Google.
The bombshell comes from Reuters, according to which Google is already discussing internally about the details of the various services. Huawei’s lawyers are already working to study the impact of the actions taken by the US Department of Commerce and no official statements on the matter have been received by the Chinese giant.
A source closer to the matter mentions that Google was forced to end ties with Huawei as a result of trade blacklisting of Huawei in US. Otherwise, Huawei was expected to become the biggest seller of Android-powered devices in the world beating Samsung and other Chinese smartphone manufacturers by a good margin.
The government’s decision implies the impossibility for Huawei to release updates, as smartphones would lose certification and access to the Play Store. The possibility remains to offer access to alternative stores, with Amazon and Microsoft that could collaborate, but the absence of the Play Store and Google applications would be a minus point, keeping potential buyers at a distance.
This move by Google is a game-changer for the smartphone industry, as Huawei takes this devastating blow others might use this as a advantage to rise.