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Google set to deliver a knockout blow to Huawei
« on: May 20, 2019, 06:13:21 AM »

In what could be a huge blow to Huawei, Reuters reports today that Google will suspend any business it has with Huawei except for hardware and software dealings that are covered by open source licenses. This means that Huawei will "immediately" lose access to Android updates and the next series of Huawei phones will not come with the Google Play Store and other Google apps including Gmail. While Android is an open source operating system that is free for phone manufacturers to use, Google does charge those companies-like Huawei-a licensing free to include its Android app storefront and other apps on their phones.

Google is reportedly taking these actions after President Donald Trump used an executive order to declare a national emergency over threats to U.S. technology last Thursday. At the same time, the company and 68 of its affiliates were placed on the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Entity List. This prevents U.S. firms from selling parts, components, hardware, and software to Huawei without obtaining a license from the U.S. government.

While Huawei spent $11 billion procuring parts from U.S. based companies last year like Qualcomm, Intel, and Micron, the company does design its own Kirin chipsets and Balong modem chips for its high-end phones. Both are manufactured by TSMC.


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