The trade feud between the United States and China has come to a head with the US adding Huawei to its “Entity List”, which is a group of companies that American companies are banned from doing business with, unless express government approval is obtained.
Reuters reports that American technology giant Google has stopped providing Huawei with support for hardware and software products and features, except for those with open source licenses. This means that while Huawei can run Android on their devices, proprietary Google services might be inaccessible, including the Play Store itself, along with Gmail and the Google suite of office applications.
This might strand Huawei and its devices without software updates, although Google is reportedly currently still negotiating the situation internally.
Much speculation around Huawei’s potential development of an in-house operating system might prove to be ever more so pertinent, although the company could potentially opt for direct partnerships with software providers outside of the United states to avoid the effects of the trade war.