Google ends partnership with Huawei as US-China trade war intensifies

Google has announced it is cancelling its partnership with Huawei on the back of the US Commerce Department’s move to place the Chinese firm in the Entity list. What that means in that Huawei will have to seek the US government’s approval to do business with any US tech firm.

Google’s move to tick Huawei off of its Android partner list will also have huge ramifications for the Chinese company. It won’t have access to exclusive Google services such as Google Play Store as well as the security features that Google Play Protect comes with. YouTube and Gmail too will be offline for the company, which along with much more makes for some of the biggest reasons anyone would opt for an Android phone in the first place.

The critical Android security updates too won’t be available to Huawei. The company will have to remain contended with only the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) which happens to be only the basic Android version available to just about anybody.

This can also be a death blow to its ambitions to become the world’s largest smartphone maker as its sprawling smartphone business is going to be seriously hit. The company which right now happens to be the biggest supplier of telecommunications equipment and the second largest smartphone maker however said the development isn’t entirely unexpected and that they have already been planning for it for years now.

It remains to be seen what exactly it has planned and how it can cope with the situation where it is denied access to the latest Android features and services. It can also serve as a wake-up call for other Chinese smartphone makers as well all of which are Android based at the moment.

Trump has earlier signed an executive order banning Huawei from setting up 5G infrastructure in the US on charges of spying for the Chinese government.

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