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Google to stop android access to Huawei

Staff Reporter, Dhaka
Google to stop android access to Huawei

Google has created a ripple in the tech world by taking a step to stop licensing its Android mobile operating system to Huawei, the world’s second largest smartphone maker. Google’s imposed restriction on Android software usage in Huawei’s upcoming smartphones is likely to have global impacts, including in Bangladesh, where the Chinese brand enjoys a healthy 16 per cent share of the smartphone market.

Google’s move came after the Trump administration added Huawei to a list of companies that American firms cannot trade with unless they have a license.

Existing Huawei smartphone users, however, will be able to update apps and push through security fixes as well as update Google Play services. But when Google launches the next version of Android later this year, it may not be available on Huawei devices. Future Huawei devices may no longer have apps such as YouTube and Maps.

Huawei, however, can still use the version of the Android operating system available through an open source license.

Android in its official Twitter account wrote: “We assure you that while we are complying with all the US government’s requirements, services like Google Play and security from Google Play Protect will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device.”

On Thursday, the Trump administration added Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to a trade blacklist, immediately enacting restrictions that will make it extremely difficult for the company to do business with US counterparts.

Reuters reported that the extent to which Huawei will be hurt by the US government’s blacklist was not yet known as its global supply chain assessed the impact. Chip experts have questioned Huawei’s ability to continue to operate without help from the US.

The details of the specific services affected by the suspension were still being discussed internally at Google. Huawei attorneys were also studying the impact of the blacklist, a Huawei spokesman told Reuters.

Huawei will continue to have access to the version of the Android operating system available through the open source license, known as Android Open Source Project (AOSP), which is available for free to anyone who wishes to use it. There are about 2.5 billion active Android devices worldwide, according to Google.

However, Google will stop providing Huawei with access, technical support and collaboration involving its proprietary apps and services going forward. Huawei has said it has spent the last few years preparing a contingency plan by developing its own technology in case it was blocked from using Android. Some of this technology is already being used in products sold in China.

In a media statement of Huawei’s Bangladesh office, it said: “Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android globally. 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.

 

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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