Report Claims Google Could Be Pulling Huawei's Android License

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Buying a new Huawei phone poses a "real risk" to people in the wake of Google's restrictions on the Chinese firm using its Android software, industry experts have said.

Google apps such as Gmail and Maps should remain functional on Huawei phones at least initially, another source told AFP.

The danger of relying on a US-based operating system has been exposed today after major tech companies responded to the Trump administration banning Huawei from receiving technology support from usa companies.

Following orders from the United States government in an attempt to curb technology trade with China, Google has revoked Huawei's Android licence.

The news means Huawei will no longer have access to Android updates, and will only be able to use what's open-sourced and public.

Lu Kang from the Chinese foreign ministry says his country will take measures to make sure its businesses' rights are safeguarded. Google will still allow users to update apps on their devices, as well as use other Google services.

Huawei has been hit by a damaging Android block which could affect both its current devices and future smartphones. This also means that all future phones from Huawei will not have access to Google services including the Google Play Store and any other app that relies on the Google Services Framework.

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Will this have an impact on Huawei's existing sales?

A woman uses a smartphone outside a Huawei store in Beijing Monday, May 20, 2019.

The extent to which Huawei will be hurt by the US government's blacklist is not yet known as its global supply chain assesses the impact.

In reference to the blacklisting of Huawei, a Xilinx spokesperson said, "We are aware of the Denial Order issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce with respect to Huawei, and we are cooperating". Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally.

"The conflicts between U.S. and Chinese producers will have no impact on Russian users as everything works out well", Volin said.

Huawei have reportedly started to develop an alternative operating system, but it is unclear as to when this will be available, or how the move would go down with users of their devices. As XDA Developers points out, there are more than 30 American tech companies that supply Huawei with software and hardware components, and all of them are likely to follow suit.

'The products we have sold and now sell will not be affected.

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