However, Google will stop providing Huawei with access, technical support and collaboration involving its proprietary apps and services going forward, the source said. Google will not be allowed to aid Huawei in development of its phones, and those phones will not be allowed to carry official Google apps like Gmail, the Play Store and more. Although the initial report claimed Huawei smartphone will no longer receive Android and apps updates via Google Play, as well as access to other Google service, it appears that things aren't that bad as we thought.
Huawei has denied, and keeps denying the accusations.
If Huawei were to develop a version of Android based on the open-source licence without Google integration, this would be similar to a custom ROM installed on a rooted device.
Last week, the US Department of Commerce said Huawei Technologies and its entities had been placed on a US trade blacklist for engaging in activities that go against the interests of US national security.
View of a store of Chinese tech giant Huawei in Shanghai, China. Huawei is now on a list of entities that are banned from doing business with US companies without licenses that will be extremely hard to obtain.
That's not to say Huawei devices can not run Android, since it is an open-source operating system, but the Google Play store and Google services are out of bounds.
Google said it was "complying with the order and reviewing the implications" but Huawei users have been assured that their current phones will continue to work. If you now own a Huawei phone, you will still be able to access your third-party apps.
Huawei is now effectively prevented from selling its products and technologies to the USA market.
The move is definitely going to hamper Huawei's networking and smartphone business despite the company already anticipating such a move from the USA government months ago.
Huawei executive Richard Yu was reported to have said: "We have prepared our own operating system".
That, however, raised questions if withholding software products from the Chinese OEM also affected existing phones in the market. Within its home country, the company doesn't need Google's Android ecosystem owing to the availability of in-house alternatives likely made possible by a blanket ban on using foreign software and services.