In all markets outside of China.
Google stopped cooperation with the Chinese smartphone maker Huawei, associated with the transfer of developments in the field of hardware and software, except for those regulated by open licenses. It is reported by Reuters , citing a source familiar with the situation.
According to the agency, the decision took effect on Sunday and in fact means that from now on Huawei smartphones will no longer receive future Android updates. The next generation of smartphones will not have access to Google services, including applications like Gmail, and the Google Play application platform itself.
Huawei will have access to the open version of Android, which is available to all developers, but Google will no longer cooperate with the Chinese manufacturer. Details of the decision are still being discussed inside Google, and Huawei lawyers are studying the impact of the actions of the US government, but companies do not publicly comment on the situation.
Reuters does not specify directly, but apparently Google’s decision is related to the inclusion of Huawei in the black list of the US Department of Commerce, which the agency announced on Thursday, May 16.
Back in March, Huawei representatives said that the company developed its own OS to replace Android in case of deterioration of relations with the US authorities. According to media reports, the company took care of the development of “Plan B” in 2012 after the first investigation by the US authorities against Huawei. However, Huawei smartphones in the version for European markets work on Android – for example, the newest flagship P30 Pro runs on Android 9.0 Pie and EMUI 9.1, Huawei’s own shell.