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Tech firm Google has cut ties with Chinese phone manufacturer Huawei Technologies and will no longer license its Android operating system to the company. One industry expert called the move an “instant kill switch” to Huawei’s desire to overtake Samsung in the global market.
CNBC reports that tech giant Google will no longer be licensing its Android mobile operating system to Chinese tech manufacturer Huawei, severing ties with the firm. Google has reportedly suspended all business activity with Huawei which includes the transfer of hardware, software and key technical services.
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This move was made by Google after Washington chose to place Huawei on the “entity list” which means that American companies must obtain a license in order to do business with the Chinese firm. As a result, Huawei can no longer license Google’s Android mobile operating system and is forced to use a public version of Android obtained through the Android Open Source Project.
A Google spokeswoman commented on the news stating: “We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications. For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices.” A Huawei spokesperson stated that the Chinese firm is “evaluating the possible impact of this U.S. government action on consumers.”
The spokesperson added:
Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry.
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