The Google company has slapped hard China Telecommunications giant Huawei by blocking it from using critical apps like Gmail and Youtube in what has now been termed a technical cold war.
Existing products will no longer receive Android updates, which bring new features and security improvements, and future releases will lose access to the vital Google Play Store, through which users download new apps.
Huawei will instead be restricted to using a public version of the operating system called Android Open Source Project, which does not include standard Google apps like Gmail, Google Maps, Google Photos and YouTube.
Android has stepped on to clarify questions regarding the recent US government actions. The have affirmed that although they are complying with the US government requirements, services like Google play and security Google play protect will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device.
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
Many consumes have since expressed their thoughts on the new US business move.
This is ridiculous. The P30 Pro is better than any iphone I've had and now because Trump is overreacting. I'm in support of Huawei and I hope a solution is found soon!
— ~*Em.K*~ (@MarySedai) May 20, 2019
Some thought it should be their basic right to decide whether or not to ban the use of devices of their choice
I am just a regular user. I like Android, but I will decide to ban the use of google if it disregard my opinion on what device to choose. This is my basic right. Google should try to keep its stance to stay neutral on this mess.
— Pat Sam. (@somponnat) May 20, 2019
Other makes phone users were sent into a panic mode of not knowing if the ban will soon hit them as well.
Is not about keep functioning. What if tomorrow Trump decides to put Samsung or Xiaomi on that black list? As users, consumers and customers we need to know you're looking for us, not for that crazy man craziness
— Maho (@mahoricioo) May 20, 2019
One plus, Xiaomi and oppo the next?
— Miguel (@miguel_ocm) May 20, 2019
And then there are those who got extremely mad that their newly acquired gadgets have been rendered useless.
Wtf? I just bought a Tablet for work and now it’s trash?Keep that shit to america! The rest of the word doesn’t give a fuck about your trading problems!
— Zeles (@Zeles123) May 20, 2019
The ban comes after the US administration led by President Donald Trump blacklisted the tech company from conducting business with American firms without government’s approval.
The US and Huawei relationship has been strained recently, with the former suspecting the tech company colluding with Chinese intelligence to steal US tech, T-Mobile robot arm, and selling to to Iran.
How do you feel about Google’s new decision?