Recently, the United States added Huawei to its "Entity List", which means that US companies cannot trade with Huawei without explicit state approval. A Reuters report claims that Google ceases most partnerships with Huawei, and future business phones do not have access to Play Store and other services.
Reuters claims that Google has stopped supplying Huawei with hardware and software products, except those covered by open source licenses. In other words, while Huawei can still use Android itself, most proprietary services will be inaccessible – including the Google Play Store, Gmail, and possibly anything else that requires a closed-source Play Services Framework.
The exact details are still discussed internally on Google, according to a source who spoke to Reuters. The move could also prevent Huawei from updating its existing phones as the updates cannot be re-certified for access to the Play Store, risking the security of Huawei device owners. While security updates are part of AOSP and still available to Huawei, Android's WebView system is updated via the Play Store and Play Protect is a core part of Google's Android services.
Oh man. We see where the Google / Huawei case plays out, but to prevent consumers from updating Android (more) in any way does not spark joy.
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̵1; Lesley Carhart (@ hacks4pancakes) May 19, 2019  If this ends up being true, it would be a critical blow to Huawei's smartphone business. While the company could theoretically collaborate with non-US companies to provide alternatives to Google's applications (or use internal operating systems, it has been working for some time), the lack of Play Store access would be a major drawback for any potential buyer. Huawei already has clones of many popular services in its home country, including an app store, but most of these services are currently limited to China.
We've reached Huawei and Google, but neither company has made a statement yet. Since the first report was released, both Engadget and The Verge have independently confirmed the details.
A Google spokesperson gave us the following (brief) statement:
"We comply with the order and undergo the consequences."
"Order" refers to Huawei's recent addition to the US Department of Commerce's unit list, which we have previously covered.
Google has released an updated statement:
"We comply with the order and review Implications. For users of our services, Google Play and the Google Play Protect security protection will continue to work on existing Huawei devices."
It's great that existing devices still have access to Google Play, but it's still not clear If updates to these devices will cause them to lose Play certification. The official Android Twitter account also released a similar statement:
For Huawei users' questions regarding our steps to comply with recent US government actions: We assure you while complying with all US requirements, services such as Google Games and Google Security Play Protect continues to work on your existing Huawei device.
– Android (@Android) May 20, 2019
Official statement by Huawei and submarker Honor
In a statement to Reuters by email, Huawei has promised to continue to support Huawei and Honor devices that are already in the hands of consumers, with security updates before giving a cryptic answer about what can happen ahead. Its full statement reads as follows:
Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales service to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products covering those sold and still in stock globally.
We will continue to build a secure and sustainable software ecosystem to provide the best experience for all users globally.
It is known that the company has been operating on its own operating system completely separate from Google's ecosystem and the Android Open Source Project, so it may be that these plans are being implemented as a consequence of recent developments.
We have also received a separate statement from Honor Honor, which is due to reveal his latest smartphone series on Tuesday, May 21 in London. It mimics the comments given to Reuters by Huawei, but adds the following paragraphs to the beginning of the statement:
Huawei has made significant contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android's major global partners, we have worked closely with their open source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefited both users and industry.
The launch event for the Honor 20 series takes place tomorrow as scheduled with a clear business-as-usual air for our correspondence. We can expect a bit as an official comment on this development story at the event, but it will be interesting to see how the atmosphere is.
According to WinFuture, the Chinese government has responded cautiously to the news and says it is closely monitoring the situation.