Google to ban Huawei’s access to Android

May 21st, 2019 by · 1 Comment

This article was authored by Dylan Bushell-Embling, and was originally posted on

Huawei’s consumer business been dealt a potentially devastating blow to its future prospects after US president Donald Trump formally added the vendor to a list of companies that American companies cannot trade with if they don’t obtain a license.

Huawei was added to the entity list of banned companies covered by the national emergency Trump declared last week, which gave him the power to regulate commerce to ostensibly protect national security.

In the wake of Huawei being added to the list, Google has barred Huawei from receiving some updates to Android, announcing that it is “complying with the order and reviewing the implications,” the BBC reported.

US Chipmakers including Intel, Qualcomm, and Broadcom also reportedly told employees that they will cease supplying Huawei until further notice.

But the US Commerce Department has subsequently issued a three-month exemption allowing Huawei to continue to purchase and access American products in order to maintain existing networks and provide software updates to existing devices, Reuters said.

The exemption will not allow Huawei to purchase US components for new products. On the bright side for Huawei, the Commerce Department has announced it may extend the exemption further than the initial 90 days.

In various communications including one sent to Globe Telecom in the Philippines, Huawei has pledged to continue providing security updates and after sales services for its devices.

Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei has meanwhile taken a bullish stance over the impact of the ban, telling Japanese media that the company’s growth “may slow, but only slightly.”

The vendor had been anticipating the ban for some time, and has been investing in producing homegrown chips and further developing its own operating system in preparation.

Ren has rejected the prospect of building manufacturing facilities in the US – even if the government asks Huawei to.

If you haven't already, please take our Reader Survey! Just 3 questions to help us better understand who is reading Telecom Ramblings so we can serve you better!

Categories: Government Regulations · Other Posts · Wireless

Join the Discussion!

1 Comment, Add Yours!

  • david rickerson says:

    I assume there is a word missing in the following sentence:

    “The exemption will not _________ Huawei to….”

    I guess “allow” was supposed to be there.

    Best regards,

    David Rickerson

Leave a Comment

You may Log In to post a comment, or fill in the form to post anonymously.

  • Ramblings’ Jobs

    Post a Job - Just $99/30days
  • Event Calendar