Update 05/20, 9pm: Following last week's ban and Google's suspension of business operations with Huawei, the U.S. Commerce Department has issued a new waiver for the company to continue purchasing limited goods from U.S. companies for maintenance purposes. Under the 90 day waiver, Huawei will be allowed to purchase hardware and software services to maintain current infrastructure as well as provide software updates for existing Huawei Android devices. As noted by Reuters, however, Huawei is still banned from buying parts and equipment for manufacturing new devices – meaning that as things currently stand, the company can only keep building affected products until their stockpiles run out.

While the waiver itself is initially only for 90 days, it can be extended as necessary by the U.S. Government.

Update 05/20: Huawei this morning has responded to reports and the U.S. Commerce Department’s ban, issuing the following statement:

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.

Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally.

We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.

This answers one of the most important questions for the moment – what happens to support for current devices – however it remains to be seen what this means for new Huawei smartphones, particularly the Honor 20, which is launching tomorrow.

Original: According to a recent report by Reuters, sources claim that Google is to suspend some business operations with Huawei due to the U.S. Commerce Department’s blacklisting of the company earlier in the week on Thursday.

Huawei is said to lose access to non-open source software and services provided by Google, which in layman terms means essentially all Google services besides baseline Android. Losing access to the Play Store would be a major blow to Huawei’s mobile operations besides the Chinese market where Google doesn’t operate any services.

Huawei will continue to have access to the version of the Android operating system available through the open source license that is freely open to anyone who wishes to use it.

But Google will stop providing any technical support and collaboration for Android and Google services to Huawei going forward, the source said.

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  • ZolaIII - Monday, May 20, 2019 - link

    Xi's a goldilocks for Trump. Anyway I meant the gesticulation and performance. Well they ware pore & had only one secret police on the other hand US has a cuple dozen of it. How about concentration labour's for US citizens which ware Japanese in WW 2? How about Guatanamo today?
  • s.yu - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - link

    How about WW2?
    How about the Great Leap Forward then? The Cultural Revolution then? How many people died? How about Xinjiang and Tibet today? Many places there are basically under martial law, military and checkpoints everywhere and social network access is strictly restricted. I say this because a family member recently went and experienced it first hand, not that I read it from some western media.
  • s.yu - Monday, May 20, 2019 - link

    "Freedom of speech when no one is listening doesn't worth a dime same can be said for the press which is already in the interest sphere."
    Someone's always listening. I noticed recently that the only reputable dissenter of 5G(who also questions Huawei's role in it) in China has had all his columns and his personal account banned in China. He argued for more independent development, less reliance on ARM, and exposed many shady deals in China's telecoms sector, and because he's in fact a patriot his articles once made Global Times, the most jingoistic state sponsored media in China. He was banned right before the current storm of Huawei's brainwash so now the only way of getting a second, insider's opinion on Huawei's current status is lost.
    Patriots getting silenced, also sounds like the acts of a decent regime./s
  • ZolaIII - Monday, May 20, 2019 - link

    Someone does but not media, they are all paid & orchestrated. In order to be able to listen you need to have the mined of your own which ain't the case in the land of praud. Eastern Europeans still have that ability preserved from a cold war times.
  • s.yu - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - link

    The US media are paid by different people with different interests and that's most of the point.
    In China almost all information comes from Xinhua agency, independent media is basically nonexistent so the Party defines the "truth" and that's too dangerous.
  • ZolaIII - Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - link

    It's the same thing only you are blind to see it.
  • s.yu - Monday, May 20, 2019 - link

    "Then there's racism which is very alive and kicking in US and non existence (in its primary form at least) in China."
    In what primary form? The majority of Chinese (admittedly undereducated, or received the "wrong" education) actively discriminate against almost all other races of the world, it's practically blatant and unchallenged Chinese (the underlying implication usually Han Chinese) supremacism. All European descendants (apart from Jews when they're recognized) and Japanese are "鬼子", Koreans are "棒子", Indians are "阿三", Black Africans are "黑鬼", Muslims are "绿绿".
    Go on Youtube to see the racist ads aired in China, you don't have a clue what you're talking about.
  • ZolaIII - Monday, May 20, 2019 - link

    Wow that's so insulting the sing for to who you belong. Much worser than what African Americans had to bare with & still are or Latin Americans more today. Let's remember what happened to native Americans. That just paints the picture of other Americans. I don't see Chinese did even one tenth of that to other fellow Asians.
  • s.yu - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - link

    "I don't see Chinese did even one tenth of that to other fellow Asians. "
    That's because you're too ignorant on this subject you need to shut up. A naive nationalist motto often used in China before the PRC was "驱逐鞑虏,恢复中华", "鞑虏" meant savages north of (Han) China, referring to other Asians including Mongolians, near the end of Qing it was used by Han to refer to the rulers of the Qing dynasty who are Man people. When the Han conquered what is present day Guizhou they displaced almost all the locals from their homes and broke them up among the Han for cultural assimilation, not unlike what the Japanese did in Taiwan and northeast China during the WWII. The racist policies of the Yuan and Qing rule are also very well documented, where the Inner Mongolians and Man people are all considered part of the Chinese nation today.
  • ZolaIII - Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - link

    Who are today's Americans? A descendents of European criminals. What happened with real Americans? What's that a genocide? Are you trying to compare that with Chinese are doing? Well try a little harder.

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