According to an exclusive report by Reuters, Google has suspended its business relationship with Huawei following the Chinese company being blacklisted by American President Donald Trump last week. This means that all Huawei smartphones will cease to receive Android OS and access to the Google Play Store for apps.
Last week trade talks between China and the USA took a bad turn as Donald Trump announced that Huawei has been added to a list of blacklisted companies that American state departments should not purchase from for fears of spying and national security.
The addition to the blacklist also meant that it will be difficult for Americans, and especially American companies, to do business with Huawei. Some of those affected are companies that offer networking services and use Huawei's various networking equipment to provide such services in the USA.
According to the report, it is not yet clear which other services will affect Huawei smartphones as far as Google's decision is concerned as the company is apparently still discussing further specifics.
Trump blacklists Huawei
Last week Trump's administration suspended and put Huawei on a blacklist that took effect on Friday 17 May 2019. The USA's policy makers stated that the restrictions on Huawei also related to 67 of Huawei's affiliates around 26 countries across the world including in Madagascar.
The decision by Google will undoubtedly affect Africans too given how popular Huawei phones, powered by the Android operating system, have become across the continent. It's important to also note that Huawei was also challenging Apple in the premium range of phones globally too.
At the time of publishing we couldn't get any comment, confirmation nor denial from Huawei representatives in South Africa.
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