Google has officially terminated Huawei’s Android licence following new rules from the Trump administration.
The new rules
Last week the president Trump added Huawei to an “Entity List,” which preventing it from buying from American businesses without a license demonstrating there’s no national security risk.
President Trump also signed an executive order blocking corporations from using telecoms equipment from firms deemed a national security risk such as Huawei.
What that means for Huawei
Huawei has been planning for this event for years and has created its own operating system (OS) ready for this exact situation. The OS is built on Android Open Source Project which is rumoured to already be running on some of its Chinese’s phones Huawei already uses its own OS.
How does this affect existing customers
The ban won’t affect owners of Huawei phones immediately, since they’ll be able to update individual apps through the Google Play Store. Huawei will have to use its own system to push broader OS updates to customers once they’ve been published through Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
“Huawei will only be able to use the public version of Android and will not be able to get access to proprietary apps and services from Google,” says a source for Reuter’s.
Why the ban
The Trump administration initiated the ban because they are concerned that Huawei’s ties with the Chinese government could lead to backdoors in its software that can spy on users. A recent report claimed the discovery of such activity in the Netherlands.
Huawei has always denied any such threat, and argued U.S. actions are really meant to thwart Chinese business in the US. The U.K. has agreed to using some of Huawei’s technology in the 5G network, however, they say the technology will be closely inspected and will not be used in any. National Security infrastructure.