News Roundup: Huawei hit hard as US-based businesses suspend ties
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News Roundup: Huawei hit hard as US-based businesses suspend ties

A very tough week for Huawei and China/US trade relations

In what is certainly one of the biggest developments in the ongoing technology and trade dispute between China and the US, reports surfaced this week that Google had suspended some of its business with Chinese big tech provider Huawei. Google's decision comes as a result of the US Commerce department's decision to add Huawei to its "entity list", which effectively restricts the capacity for American companies to do business with Huawei without Government permission.

According to the initial Reuters report, the business that Google has suspended with Huawei pertains specifically to the transfer of hardware, software, and technical services, except those publicly available via open source licensing. One of the most obvious ramifications is that Huawei will no longer have access to some of Google's updates to the Android operating system, with future versions of Huawei smartphones running on Android but losing access to popular applications and services including the Gmail and the YouTube mobile application. Huawei will also be unable to use Google's brand of Android on future devices, although existing owners will still have access to the Play Store.

Following Google's announcement, the US announced it would temporarily ease the trade restrictions, allowing Huawei a 90-day license to buy US tech, so that it can maintain existing telecoms networks and provide software updates to Huawei smartphones. This move, according to Reuters, is primarily designed to allow time for US telecom operators - relying on Huawei - to look for alternatives. After the ‘grace period' was announced, Google said it would continue to work with Huawei over the 90-day period.

In a statement from a Huawei spokesperson, the company responded by saying, "Huawei 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.

"Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products covering those have been sold or still in stock globally. We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally."

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