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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  • Notmyusualid - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - link

    @ Zolall - W H E R E are the missing Falun Gong?

    What happened to them, is a new 'low' for humanity. All in Chinese 'Military Hospitals'. Look it up.
  • Sushisamurai - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - link

    I really don't think you understand the conversation topic, and you keep deferring to other random things to distract from the true topic. Racism is rampant throughout China, and how they deal with "foreigners". Hell, they even refer to foreigners as that, foreigners and treat them as such. There are separate rules for all "foreigners". If I didn't look Chinese, I can guarantee you I'd be treated extremely different than foreign born Chinese, which would also be classified as "foreigners" - Racism is racism, there are no degrees of racism.
  • ZolaIII - Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - link

    There's emigration lows in US that separate children from their parents right now and US is making a border wall with Mexico. So there are different levels of racism. Not to mention plundering, killing & pouting all around the world.
  • Notmyusualid - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - link

    @ s.yu - you've beaten him down to the ground. His distorted world view, verses our ACTUAL experiences and knowledge of China, he cannot argue.

    I'm glad you touched on the 'supremacism' issue. I have seen that since the late 90's. The China-centric view that they are center of everything, and best culture, most powerful, and on, and on. Thailand, were I live, has this sort-of too. It might be the 'land of smiles' but the supremacism, and racism, are right beneath the surface of their culture. Skewed laws, court decisions, property / aircraft ownership, visa mess, restricted occupations, and more.
  • ZolaIII - Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - link

    Well how about my knowledge of US?
  • tuxRoller - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - link

    I'm not sure what you mean by "primary form", but it doesn't take much effort to discover that discrimination isn't "non existence" in China.

    Here's a quick one:

  • s.yu - Monday, May 20, 2019 - link

    "you think that you have a choice but in reality you don't"
    There's no denying that the flow of information is more free in the US, or in most places around the world actually, than in China. If you're in China you won't believe the brainwash the Party and its drones are spreading around about Huawei these days. I'd rather see two factions exposing each other and make my own conclusions than one faction freely deifying itself.
  • ZolaIII - Monday, May 20, 2019 - link

    You lived in some Communist country before so you know how bad it is? I did in one which passport would at the time alow you to travel freely to more than 200 countries. Can you do that with US passport today? You also had a; good paid job, social security, free medical care & you had a two (full month) annual vacation every year among other things you're kids had quality free education and extra curricular activities. It whosent really communist country in hard meaning of the word at it's time it whose rather developed having advanced prestige nuclear institute and semiconductor manufacturing (bought a part of Honeywell). Trought if you have worked/speak against government you would end in prison but don't think how this is any different in today's home of proud & free for instance take a look at Julians example.
  • Notmyusualid - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - link

    @ Zolalll - you are nuts pal. If you think the US was ruled by a handfull of people, then explain how Trump, someone people love to hate, got elected.

    You can't.

    He won a democratic vote. You think that is the same in Beijing?
  • ZolaIII - Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - link

    Think you will find out after he isn't president anymore. How much of it's own stuff did Barack menage to push? Do you really think Trump decides about much things or that it would be much difference if it whose someone else?

    Well in Venezuela the current government is democratically elected one, same as it whose in dozen other places US did occupy in last 20 years.

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