Last week, the US included Huawei in its Entity List, meaning that US companies can not do business with Huawei without the government's express permission. According to a report from Reuters, Google has discontinued most of its partnerships with Huawei, and the company's future phones will not have access to the Play Store and other services.
Reuters claims that Google Huawei, with the exception of hardware and software products, no longer supplies those covered by open source licenses. In other words, although Huawei can still use Android itself, most proprietary services can not be accessed. This also applies to the Google Play Store, Gmail, and presumably all other services that require the closed-source framework for playback services, according to a source that talked to Reuters, this was discussed internally at Google. The move could also prevent Huawei from updating its existing phones, as updates to access the Play Store can not be re-certified, compromising the security of Huawei device owners. While security updates are part of AOSP and Huawei continues to be available, the WebView Android system is being updated via the Play Store, and Play Protect is a key component of Google's Android services.
Oh man. We'll see where the Google / Huawei thing happens, but it's no fun to stop consumers from updating Android (more).
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̵1; Lesley Carhart (@ hacks4pancakes) May 19, 2019  If true, this would be a blow to Huawei's smartphone business. While the company could theoretically work with non-American companies to provide alternatives to Google's applications (or use the internal operating system it has been working on for some time), lack of access to the Play Store would be a major disadvantage 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 turned to Huawei and Google, but none of the companies has made a statement so far. Since the publication of the first report, Engadget and The Verge have independently confirmed the details.
A Google spokesperson made the following (brief) statement:
"We comply with the order and review the implications."
"The Order" refers to the recent inclusion of Huawei in the Entity List of the US Department of Commerce, which we previously discussed.
Google has released an updated statement:
"We're sticking to the order and checking the implications: For users of our services, Google Play and Google Play Protect's 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 not clear yet that updates to these devices will cause them to lose play certification. The official Android Twitter account also released a similar statement:
For questions from Huawei users about our steps to comply with recent US government action: We assure you that we meet all US government requirements, such as Google Google Play Protect Play & Security will continue to work on your existing Huawei device.
– Android (@Android) May 20, 2019
Official Statement by Huawei and Sub-Brand Honor
In an e-mailed statement to Reuters, Huawei has agreed to Huawei and Honor Devices that are already in the hands of consumers continue to provide security updates before a cryptic response to what might happen in the future. The full explanation is as follows:
Huawei will continue to provide security updates and customer service for all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products that have already been sold and are still in storage worldwide.
We will continue to build a secure and sustainable software ecosystem to deliver the best possible experience to all users worldwide.
It is known that the company has been working on its own operating system that is completely separate from the Google ecosystem and the Android Open. So it could be that these plans are brought forward as a result of recent developments.
We also received a separate statement from the sub-brand Honor, which is scheduled to launch its latest smartphone series in London on Tuesday, May 21st. It mimics Huawei's comments on Reuters, but adds the following paragraph at the beginning of the statement:
Huawei has made a significant contribution to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android's key global partners, we've worked closely with their open source platform to develop an ecosystem that benefits both users and the industry.
The opening event for the Honor 20 series will take place as planned tomorrow, a clear business-as-usual for our correspondence. We can not expect much from official commentary on this evolving story at the event, but it will be interesting to see what the atmosphere is like.
According to WinFuture, the Chinese government has cautiously responded to the news, claiming to be watching the situation closely.