Update 05/20, 9pm: Following last week's ban and Google's suspension of business operations with Huawei, the U.S. Commerce Department has issued a new waiver for the company to continue purchasing limited goods from U.S. companies for maintenance purposes. Under the 90 day waiver, Huawei will be allowed to purchase hardware and software services to maintain current infrastructure as well as provide software updates for existing Huawei Android devices. As noted by Reuters, however, Huawei is still banned from buying parts and equipment for manufacturing new devices – meaning that as things currently stand, the company can only keep building affected products until their stockpiles run out.

While the waiver itself is initially only for 90 days, it can be extended as necessary by the U.S. Government.

Update 05/20: Huawei this morning has responded to reports and the U.S. Commerce Department’s ban, issuing the following statement:

Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry.

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.

We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.

This answers one of the most important questions for the moment – what happens to support for current devices – however it remains to be seen what this means for new Huawei smartphones, particularly the Honor 20, which is launching tomorrow.

Original: According to a recent report by Reuters, sources claim that Google is to suspend some business operations with Huawei due to the U.S. Commerce Department’s blacklisting of the company earlier in the week on Thursday.

Huawei is said to lose access to non-open source software and services provided by Google, which in layman terms means essentially all Google services besides baseline Android. Losing access to the Play Store would be a major blow to Huawei’s mobile operations besides the Chinese market where Google doesn’t operate any services.

Huawei will continue to have access to the version of the Android operating system available through the open source license that is freely open to anyone who wishes to use it.

But Google will stop providing any technical support and collaboration for Android and Google services to Huawei going forward, the source said.

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  • Calabros - Sunday, May 19, 2019 - link

    China will have the right to spy and dominate the world, but they need to bend the knee. Respect the rules, and then do whatever you like to do. Reply
  • Lord of the Bored - Monday, May 20, 2019 - link

    'S right! They have to pay tribute! Reply
  • webdoctors - Monday, May 20, 2019 - link

    Huawei doesn't even let you unlock the bootloader so you can't even load your own ROMs if the official ones are locked out. Its like they purposely shoot themselves in the foot. Reply
  • s.yu - Monday, May 20, 2019 - link

    Actually >90% of users probably won't even flash another ROM even if it's unlocked in the first place, so that's a puny caliber shot in the foot. Reply
  • npz - Monday, May 20, 2019 - link

    I guess the Chinese national phone (founder and current head of Huawei was from the PRC military and still has gov funding) will be for China only now.

    It's kinda ironic that China has to use non-Chinese software and services outside of their borders. Their own locked down economy and political environment made it so that they cannot develop anything native that was worthy of exporting.

    When Chinese companies expand beyond their borders, they always, without fail, make two different versions -- a native, inferior version for the local Chinese market, and a different version for the global market. This includes even hardware and machines, not just software and services. Unlike Japanese and Korean and European companies, they have to buy or use foreign establishments to expand, as opposed to simply exporting their native product.
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  • nevcairiel - Monday, May 20, 2019 - link

    Even if Huawei would develop a full app ecosystem without "western" technology, which westerner would be happy about that?

    Would you buy a phone with its own exclusive ecosystem, without the ability to run Android apps? Unless its a super budget option, noone would do that. So they have no choice but to do that if they want to sell out of China. It could be the best phone OS and best bundled apps ever, but still noone would be buying them, since it has no US/EU ecosystem to draw from. Hence, Android.
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  • kingmouf - Monday, May 20, 2019 - link

    I am pretty sure that you could change only Huawei with Apple in your argument and no other words, and you would be surprised how well it fits. And guess what? Apple is (or at least is close to being) the most valuable company. Reply
  • nevcairiel - Monday, May 20, 2019 - link

    Apple got into the market when it was basically empty and build their system from scratch, filling an empty space. Now the market is saturated already, and an entirely new ecosystem has a far steeper hill to climb before it gets accepted, nevermind that the other participants are not going to stop in the meantime. Reply
  • wilsonkf - Monday, May 20, 2019 - link

    Given the OS is still AOSP, you still can use android apps (or even playstore) by installing apk directly. I doubt Huawei will block this function completely. Reply
  • wilsonkf - Monday, May 20, 2019 - link

    I remember How furious Steve Jobs was at Android phones first release, when iphone with ios just overthrew Nokia phones and dominated the market.

    It could be against US's national interest to force Huawei to create another Ecosystem - which always has its own solid ground (Chinese market).
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