Bad News For Huawei Users. Some Google Apps Might Stop Working Amidst US-China Trade War
US tech-giant Google announced on Sunday that it was planning to cut ties with China-based android smartphone maker Huawei, which Washington considers a ‘national security threat’.
The move could have dramatic implications for Huawei smartphone users, as the telecoms giant will no longer have access to Google’s proprietary services, which includes Gmail and Google Maps app services. The move has come after US President Donald Trump barred US companies from engaging in trade with foreign telecommunications companies which are considered a threat to national security.
US Commerce Department has listed Huawei, the world’s second-largest producer of smartphones, among foreign firms which need a ‘green light’ from the American authorities to trade with US firms.
A Google spokesperson told AFP that the firm was complying with orders and reviewing the possible implications. “For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices.”
While apps such as Gmail and Google Maps app are currently accessible on existing Huawei devices, there is no guarantee that Google will continue to allow users to access them considering the ban. A person familiar with the matter who requested anonymity told Bloomberg News that Huawei will be unable to offer Google’s proprietary apps and services in the future.
Huawei is the target of an intense campaign by Washington, which has been trying to persuade allies not to allow China a role in building next-generation 5G mobile networks.
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