Huawei is as good as dead at the moment; here’s why.

Srivishnu Ramakrishnan

In a recent turn of event, according to a report in ReutersAlphabet Inc (Google’s Parent Company) has suspended all forms of business with the company that involves the transfer of hardware, software and technical services. A source familiar with the matter told to Reuters that, except for those services which are publicly available via open source policy all other business is suspended.

A Google Spokesperson said that;

Holders of current Huawei smartphones with Google apps, however, will continue to be able to use and download app updates provided by Google. We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications.

He further gave more details on this matter stating;

For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices. 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 U.S. Commerce Department said it was weighing options to scale back the restrictions on Huawei to “prevent the interruption of existing network operations and equipment”.

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Though there is no official statement from Huawei. But, according to a report in Bloomberg, the Chipmakers including Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx, and Broadcom has told its employees that they will no longer supply any software and components to Huawei until further notice and clarifications.

However, Google will completely stop collaboration with proprietary apps and services going forward. In an interview with Reuters in March, Huawei’s Chairman, Eric Xu said;

No matter what happens, the Android Community does not have any legal right to block any company from accessing its open-source license.

But what will be a very big blow to Huawei would be popular Google apps such as Gmail, YouTube, and the Chrome browser that is 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.

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