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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  • willis936 - Monday, May 20, 2019 - link

    I work at a test house. The lab director sent out an email that was in legalese saying to halt testing of Huawei devices while this is in effect. Reply
  • eastcoast_pete - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - link

    I suspect that one reason why Google didn't put up a big fight when ordered to stop supplying Huawei with its software is that it didn't have that much to loose. Not that long ago, the Chinese government's insistence to tightly control internet searches led to Google leaving the Chinese search market, so they don't have that much at stake now. That's one of the big upsides of reasonably free international trade: hitting another country also hurts your own country's businesses. Reply
  • Yojimbo - Thursday, May 23, 2019 - link

    The measure is strongly supported by both Congress and the Executive Branch and by both major political parties. It is supported by accusations of national security concerns by US intelligence agencies and it comes via a declared national emergency. I imagine if Google were to try to put up a fight against such a thing they would comply first, and then try to lobby behind closed doors. Reply
  • lejeczek - Thursday, May 23, 2019 - link

    SwitfKey keyboard - can anybody rid of if it on Huawei smart phones and put back original Google's keyboard?
    It always felt to me like overaggressive to force users to this software while not allowing users to remove it. Sometimes I think that Chinese(some) are not just crazy about spying and stealing but also are simply dumb - for how do they not realize that pushing & pressing people can only backfire.
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