GOOGLE HAS STOPPED HUAWEI FROM USING ANDROID
Chinese telecommunications company Huawei is facing a crisis in its phone division after Google stopped the company from using its Android operating system.
In a short statement on Twitter, Google blamed US trade sanctions and security concerns for the move.
"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," they told customers.
Several other key partners such as Intel have also ended relations with the troubled organisation.
This is a major kick in the teeth for a company which wants to become the number one phone brand in the world.
Huawei stormed onto the global phone market only a few years ago offering affordable phones with competitive specifications. It quickly gained a strong following of value-conscious customers looking for devices that directly compete with the top phones from Apple and Samsung, but at a fraction of the price.
However, in recent months, governments around the world have become increasingly concerned about Huawei's involvement with the Chinese government, and its apparent lack of security.
Many reports have suggested that Huawei's rapid expansion is being directly fuelled by the Chinese government and using it as a way to discretely distribute spying equipment.
Just a few days ago, a Dutch security firm claimed it may have uncovered a major backdoor used by Huawei to access European telecommunications firms. Security firms in the Philippines also claim to have recently discovered similar concerns.
Huawei has continued to deny this, however even if they aren't spying on us, they've also been illegally dealing with countries such as Iran and North Korea, according to the FBI.
During a short visit to Canada, FBI officials arrested Huawei's CEO for these offences. She was later released, however the issue is still being investigated.
It's currently unclear how this will affect Huawei, however Google has said customers will still be able to use their phones as normal.
Since Huawei has lost its license to use the Android operating system, all phones currently in production will not be allowed to have the system installed.
The loss of its license also means all upcoming Android updates will not be available to Huawei users, as well as new additions to the Google Play store.
It currently seems unlikely that Huawei will be able to win over Google, so the only option they may have is to start developing their own operating system, which would be a major setback.
Even if they can get an operating system together, they would still have to overcome the loss of manufacturing partners. Several companies which produce key parts for use in Huawei's phones have ended business with the firm, meaning they'd essentially have to redesign their products from the ground up.
Could the sun soon set on Huawei?