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Updated: Google suspends some business with Huawei amid US restrictions

After the U.S. blacklisted Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Alphabet Inc.'s Google LLC suspended some of its business with the Chinese telecom equipment provider that involves the transfer of hardware, software and technical services, except those available through open source licensing, Reuters reported, citing a source familiar with the matter.

The move will reportedly see Huawei losing access to updates to the Android operating system, hitting its smartphone business outside China. In addition, the next version of Huawei's smartphones will also lose access to popular services and applications such as the Google Play Store and the Gmail and YouTube LLC apps.

In an emailed statement shared with S&P Global Market Intelligence, a Google spokesperson said the company was complying with U.S. government requirements after Huawei's recent placement on a list of foreign entities perceived to be a threat to U.S. national security or foreign policy interests. U.S. companies now must obtain a special government license to do business with Huawei, according to information published May 15 by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

"For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices," the Google spokesperson said.

Reuters reported May 17 that U.S. officials were considering temporarily scaling back restrictions on Huawei so the company could continue to provide service to its existing equipment customers.