Huawei Responds to Google's Ban

By Tegan Jones on at

Yesterday it was reported that Google, along with a slew of chipmakers, would be suspending its business operations with Huawei.

In real world terms, it would mean that Huawei devices would no longer have access to Google-owned apps, the Google Play store or get Android OS and security updates - other than what is available through an open source license.

Huawei has now responded to the decision.

This ban was the result of an executive order that prevents U.S. companies from purchasing telecommunications equipment from foreign companies that are deemed a national security risk.

The U.S. department of Commerce had already declared Huawei to be one of these countries several days before the order was signed.

Huawei finally responded to the ban and had this to say.

"Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefited both users and the industry.

Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products covering those have been sold or still in stock globally. We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally."

This echoes similar statements from both Google and Android, who also confirmed continued support for current Huawei devices.

"We are complying with the 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," said a Google spokesperson.

While this statement doesn't reveal anything regarding a potential plan to fight the ban, there are a few clues that point towards independence.

Huawei already has its own in-house chipset that it uses for its mobile devices - Kirin. It also has its own OS for its Watch GT smart watch series.

We may be at the start of the manufacturer gearing up for its devices to be completely separated from the Android ecosystem, much like Apple. And that sure will make things interesting.

Until then, Reuters has reported that the U.S. Commerce Department has loosened some of the restrictions.

It will now allow Huawei to buy goods from U.S. companies for the next 90 days for the sake of network maintenance and software updates for existing Huawei devices.

Although this is not a permanent decision, it seems to have been enacted to prevent network crashes and unhappy consumers.

Although the exemption can extend beyond 90 days, it remains to be seen whether that will happen [ReutersLifehacker]


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