Huawei responds to Google, Android ban

Chinese technology company Huawei has responded following Google’s decision to no longer allow the company to have access to its Android database as the U.S. government attempts to blacklist the company.

In a statement to The Verge, Huawei said it 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,” the statement to The Verge reads. “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.”

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Google will also reportedly no longer allow Huawei to access Android updates, the Gmail app, the Google Play store and new versions of Google phones outside of China. 

"We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications," a Google spokesperson told The Hill in a statement on Sunday.

The decision from Google comes just days after the U.S. government added Huawei to a list of companies on a trade blacklist, making it more difficult for companies to work with the Chinese tech giant.

Authorities have argued Huawei's close connections to the Chinese government could result in spying in places where the company has hardware, though Huawei has denied the claim.

The tension between Huawei and the U.S. government have been amplified amid trade negotiations between the Trump administration and Beijing as the world's two largest economies continue to impose tariffs on each other.