19 February 2020
Google is reportedly arguing with the Trump Administration that it should be allowed to work with Huawei as otherwise, the situation could be riskier. The report is coming from Financial Times citing three people familiar with the matter. Google is said to be worried about Huawei's forked OS that can prove to be a national security risk for the US.
If you are wondering exactly how an upcoming OS be a security threat, here is a quick rundown of what Google is arguing with the people who have a say in the matter. It says that with the current ban in place, Google will not be able to provide any new Android versions as well as other software updates to Huawei devices. This will force the Chinese smartphone giant to come up with its own operating system which Google believes could also be a forked version of Android.
As Huawei devices will not be running any of Google's software or services, it means they will also lose access to Play Protect service available on all Android smartphones. It is a service which scans the devices for malware, viruses or any other harmful thing can be a security risk to the phone and its user. The absence of the service will put Huawei devices at a higher risk of falling prey to any hacking attempt or any kind of malware attack.
This is the reason Google wants an exemption of the ban so that it can continue working with Huawei and keep providing software update and services like usual. If we talk about the current state of affairs, the ban is applicable on Huawei but it has been offered a 90-day reprieve. It is a temporary exemption which will be valid until August 19th, 2019 which it is time until which Google can keep providing software support.
Huawei has already said that it is doing nothing about overturning the ban other than waiting for Google's course of action as well as working on its own operating system. The OS development is under works with a release expected to happen either by 2019-end or early 2020. Since there are still two months for the reprieve to expire, we can still see the US government extending the same, completely removing the ban or making a special exemption for Google.