Google to revoke Huawei’s access to Android OS

Google has announced it is set to revoke Huawei’s access to its Android mobile operating system, to stay in compliance with new US sanctions issued by the White House last week.

According to Reuters, Huawei devices will immediately lose access to updates from Android OS, meaning security updates will no longer protect those devices – hugely undermining its line-up of smartphones and tablets which run on Android.

Existing Huawei smartphone users will be able to update apps and push through security fixes, as well as update Google Play services.

Reuters added that new Huawei devices will also lose access to the Google Play Store, Gmail and YouTube apps.

Other than Apple devices which run on iOS, smartphones makers including Samsung and LG are almost all dependent on the Google-developed Android operating system.

The move comes after the Trump administration added the Chinese manufacturer to a list of companies that American firms cannot trade with unless they have a special licence.

Commentators believe the Trump administration’s pursuance of a risky trade war with its chief global creditor, China, comes as the potential unification between the nations of the region looks ever-more likely. At the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona this February, Huawei’s chairman, Guo Ping, used his keynote speech to announce that one of the reasons of the US onslaught on Huawei is because their 5G technology will prevent widespread NSA spying.

“Huawei,” Guo Ping wrote in a Financial Times article, “hampers US efforts to spy on whomever it wants.”



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