Following the US offensive against Chinese technology companies, Reuters reports that Google has cut off Huawei's Android license, which would represent a major blow to the besieged handset maker. Reuters reports the news from a single anonymous source; The Verge requested comments from Google and Huawei about the suspension, but received no response from either company at the time of publication.
If the report Reuters is correct, Huawei could be restricted to using the Android Open Source Project (ASOP), which would eliminate the company from Google's critical applications that consumers outside of China They wait on Android devices. Reuters says Google is still debating the details of how this sanction would work, but that Huawei "will immediately lose access to [Android] updates," and that future smartphones will lose access to the Google Play Store and the applications. like Gmail.
Huawei has been under increasing pressure from President Trump and the United States government over fears that his team could be used by the Chinese government to spy on US networks. These fears have been under construction for a long time; In 2018, US intelligence agencies warned against the use of Huawei and ZTE devices, and US politicians have described Huawei as "effectively an arm of the Chinese government."
Huawei argues that it is not possible for the Chinese government to poison its equipment with rear doors, and has remained optimistic about the future of its business. However, this latest Google mishap could pose a serious risk to the future of Huawei's main mobile business. The company was already preparing its own operating systems should it be banned from using Android and Windows, but given the United States' fears about foreign interference, it is likely that an operating system of its own will face even more Google software.