Google terminates Huawei’s Android license after Trump administration blacklist

“Alphabet Inc’s Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday, in a blow to the Chinese technology company that the U.S. government has sought to blacklist around the world,” Angela Moon reports for Reuters. “Holders of current Huawei smartphones with Google apps, however, will continue to be able to use and download app updates provided by Google, a Google spokesperson said, confirming earlier reporting by Reuters.”

“The suspension could hobble Huawei’s smartphone business outside China as the tech giant will immediately lose access to updates to Google’s Android operating system,” Moon reports. “Future versions of Huawei smartphones that run on Android will also lose access to popular services, including the Google Play Store and Gmail and YouTube apps.”

“The Trump administration on Thursday added Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to a trade blacklist, immediately enacting restrictions that will make it extremely difficult for the company to do business with U.S. counterparts,” Moon reports. “Chipmakers including Intel Corp, Qualcomm Inc, Xilinx Inc and Broadcom Inc have told their employees they will not supply critical software and components to Huawei until further notice, Bloomberg reported late on Sunday, citing people familiar with the matter.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Buh-bye, Huawei. Will the world even notice one less iPhone knockoff peddler?

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20 Comments

      1. That’s petty even for you. You know very well that macOS is based on Apple’s own fork and the actual OS layer is Apple’s own work and that is the vast majority of the work that makes macOS what it is. If you’re a cynic then be a cynic but don’t be this petty.

      1. Who’s “fault” is it that “everything” is made in China? Trump’s? Yes, Apple might end up being the fall guy. Who’s “fault” is that? Foxconn is making moves in Vietnam and India… but it will take years to get operations anything even close to what the Chinese can do. (Just a side note… Foxconn is a Taiwanese company. Taiwan is not in China.)

        1. The fault is all those greedy English speaking countries (US, UK) looking for lowly paid non union workers at every turn since 1960, watch this… Apple should make their devices in the US, Europe, and China spread out the risk, how? Apple is wasting 100 billion dollars in stock buyouts this year (about 300 billion total over the years).
          Sorry… I said this before on this site and on SA.

  1. “Will the world even notice one less iPhone knockoff peddler?”

    Huawei is a $100+ billion dollar company. If you think that Trump can unilaterally knock Huawei off the world stage, then you are not only delusional, you are a victim of MAGA exceptionalism.

    It also appears that you are forgoing the right wing mantra about “competition” and substituting a love for monopoly positions in the tech industry. Nice.

    1. I thought the main concern was Chinese-made 5G equipment forming the backbone of the US 5G network. Isn’t this a security issue? If US security improves and the possibility of Chinese meddling in US affairs is reduced, isn’t that a good thing? If US tech industries get a boost along the way, isn’t that a nice side effect? How much of an obligation does the US have to boosting foreign companies (countries, in Huawei’s case)?

      1. There’s security issues with any system in the 5G backbone. Hell, the 4G system is completely transparent to U.S. spy agencies. The main concern from the U.S. isn’t that a Huawei backbone would be insecure, it’s that our spy agencies wouldn’t be able to control the porosity.

  2. Good, now if we could just ban China outright, that would be so awesome, the slimy thieves and cutthroats. The world would be a better place without China and Chinese.

    1. That’s a pretty racist view of China. And one that would ultimately lead to WWIII. Ready to do battle with Chinese hypersonic, lasers and nukes? On the west coast?

      Diplomacy is our best path. And unfortunately it is something that is severely lacking in the Trump presidency.

  3. “Buh-bye, Huawei. Will the world even notice one less iPhone knockoff peddler?” – MDN dreams…

    Unlike iOS, being blacklisted from Google Android doesn’t mean you completely lose the OS. With the blacklist, the worst Huawei will face OS wise will be using AOSP for their devices making it still Android compatible. As it is Android, it also means that should you have an ‘older’ Google Android device you could use that to download Apps and sideload that to the ‘newer’ AOSP Huawei devices. Having this option also allows Chinese Android OEMs to not lose too much ground when the blacklist is removed.

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