Google has suspended its business with Huawei following the Chinese company's placement on the U.S. Entity List, which means that they are unable to buy parts from U.S. companies without approval from the U.S. government. Reuters, The Verge, and Engadget have all confirmed that Google has suspended business with Huawei.
Meanwhile, Google issued a brief statement regarding this news, saying that it is "complying with the order and reviewing the implications."
This Google decision means that Huawei can only use the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) version of Android. The Chinese company won't have access to Google apps like Gmail, YouTube, and the Play Store. Google will also stop giving Huawei access to and assistance with Google apps and services, say sources.
Google's decision to suspend business with Huawei won't have as big an effect in China, where most Google apps are banned, but it could seriously hurt Huawei's mobile business in other parts of the world. While existing Huawei devices should still have access to the Play Store since they already have it, future devices could be affected since Huawei wouldn't have an agreement with Google for them. Software updates could be affected, too.
Huawei confirmed earlier this year that it's built its own mobile operating system in case it ever loses access to Android, and now it's looking like that may have been a smart decision. Still, Android is the most popular mobile OS in the world, and many users expect Google apps like YouTube and the Play Store to come preloaded on Android phones. If Huawei releases a phone without Google apps, it could seriously hobble that device's odds at success.
For Huawei users' questions regarding our steps to comply w/ the recent US government actions: We assure you while we are complying with all US gov't requirements, services like Google Play & security from Google Play Protect will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device.
— Android (@Android) May 20, 2019