Google has blocked Huawei access to Android updates in what seems to be a blow to the Chinese technology company.
This block comes after United States President Donald Trump signed an executive order declaring a national emergency which bars the use of telecommunications equipment made by companies that are deemed a security risk and a threat to United States national security.
The executive order did not name any countries or companies, however this has effectively cleared the way for an outright ban on products made by Huawei.
Currently holders of existing Huawei smartphones with Google apps will still be able to continue using and download app updates provided by google.
“For Huawei users’ questions regarding our steps to comply w/ the recent US government actions: We assure you while we are complying with all US gov’t requirements, services like Google Play & security from Google Play Protect will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device.” was tweeted on Android’s Twitter page.
For Huawei users' questions regarding our steps to comply w/ the recent US government actions: We assure you while we are complying with all US gov't requirements, services like Google Play & security from Google Play Protect will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device.
— Android (@Android) May 20, 2019
“We have already been preparing for this,” Mr Ren Zhengfei, the founder and CEO of Huawei told a group of Japanese journalists Saturday in his first interview since United States President Donald Trump’s move.
According to a twitter post by Huawei Facts, states that the company Huawei will be “fine” without U.S chipsets as it has already been preparing for this.
No big deal: #Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei comments on Washington’s decision to blacklist the tech giant, saying the company will be “fine” without U.S. chipsets as it has “already been preparing for this”. #HuaweiFacts https://t.co/sybxrzXQqx
— Huawei Facts (@HuaweiFacts) May 19, 2019