The Trump administration has recently added Huawei Technologies Co Ltd on the trade blacklist. This move will cause restrictions and make it very hard for Huawei to do business with U.S counterparts. As it is, Google is suspending some business with Huawei already.
The suspension of business includes the transfer of hardware, software, and technical services except those which are publicly available. These may be available through open source licensing. Through this ban, the Chinese smartphone company will have its business outside of China impacted.
Huawei will lose access to updates to Google’s Android operating system which will leave them behind other phone brands. And the next generation of smartphones won’t have access to popular services including Google Play Store, Gmail, and even YouTube.
The effects from Trump’s administration blacklist is still unconfirmed as Huawei’s global supply chain tries to assess the impact. Experts are questioning if Huawei will be able to survive without access to business with U.S counterparts.
However, details on the specific services that will be affected are reportedly still being discussed at Google internally.
As of now, Huawei will still have access to the public version of the Android operating system. This is available through the open source license that is known as Android Open Source Project and is free for anyone to use.
In spite of that, Google will not provide the Chinese company with access to technical support. And collaboration involving proprietary apps and services moving forward will also be halted.
Huawei has been preparing over the last few years in case this situation ever arose. These is a contingency plan and some of this technology has already been introduced to their products sold in China.
Existing owners of Huawei devices will still be able to access the Google Play Store. And through the app store they can receive updates on apps such as Gmail because the updates are through the store. However, future products of Huawei will not have access to popular Google apps including the Chrome browser.
The Chinese market is expected to have little impact as most Google apps are already banned in China. But Europe is Huawei’s second largest market and will definitely be impacted somehow.