Google pulls Huawei's Android Licens

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Yesterday Huawei was dealt a large blow for their consumer smartphone business as Google cut off support for Huawei phones from Google Play services removing all the essential Google apps from their future phones.

The reason for all of this comes down to the US Government and the US Commerce Department, which recently placed Huawei on the "Entity List." The Entity List is a list of companies which the US does not allow to buy technology from US companies without government approval.

Since Google develops and distributes Android to Huawei, this new block prevents Google from continuing with this relationship without violating the US Government.

"We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications." said a Google representative speaking with The Verge.

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With this ban in place, all future Huawei smartphones will be unable to run Google's version of Android, and won't have access to features like the Google Play Store, Gmail, Google Drive, Google Photos, and many more.

Huawei will also only be able to push security updates from Android once they are made available through an open source system. Without access to software updates from Google, this will drastically slow down software updates in the future and could leave their phones vulnerable to attacks for considerably longer than competitors.

The primary reason for the US Government to include Huawei on this Entity List is due to their close ties to the Chinese government which could demand access to Huawei technology at any time for use to spy on other countries or to cripple opposition in a time of trade disputes or war.

Huawei still states that it's not possible for the Chinese government to take such actions, but their close ties with the ruling government in China still sits unwell with many nations around the world which are blocking Huawei technology.

See what others are saying: TheVerge, Reuters

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