Huawei and the US government have been at odds for pretty much all of 2018, and unfortunately for Huawei, it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon. And that news gets even worse for companies that have ties to Huawei, as now they’re in the crosshairs, too.
In this case, the US government isn’t pleased with Google’s decision to continue working with Huawei and licensing Play Services to Huawei phones, especially after Google said they wouldn’t be renewing their Project Maven contract when it expires in 2019. This bad blood seems to run pretty deep.
Now as most of us know, Google only licenses Play Services to Android phones that pass Google’s quality control specifications to keep Android somewhat uniform, but they don’t pick and exclude manufacturers based on any other criteria, including what country the OEM is from or what a particular government wants them to do.
Needless to say, increased pressure from certain US agencies could put a damper on things, and Huawei is already struggling to break into the US market. Maybe they can get lucky and land one of those ZTE deals to keep the wheels rolling and keep Google out of the way.
source: Wall Street Journal