The second biggest
smartphone maker, Huawei, has been dealt another blow as a result of the ongoing
US-China trade dispute.
Following the news that the
telecoms giant has been added to America’s ‘Entity List’ – a move that bans the
telecom giant from buying parts and components without official approval
– Google has barred Huawei from some updates to the Android operating
on Sunday that Google suspended all business with Huawei that requires the
transfer of hardware, software and technical services, except those publicly
available. With new designs of Huawei smartphones potentially losing access to
apps such as YouTube, Gmail and Maps.
In a response to the Trump administration, Google announced it was “complying with the order and reviewing the implications.”
Google has reiterated, however, that current owners of Huawei phones will retain their access to the Play Store and continue to be able to update their apps.
Huawei’s first official response to having its Android license revoked by Google, seems to leave more questions than it answers.
In a statement emailed to DCNN,
Huawei accentuates its contributions to the growth of Android globally whilst
reassuring current owners of Huawei and Honor phones that they will continue to
receive security updates and after-sales service. This promise is extended to phones
that are already shipped and in stock at stores globally, though it is unclear
about handsets beyond that.
“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.”
statement released Monday differs somewhat in tone to an announcement made by
Huawei’s founder, Ren Zhengfei to Chinese media today, who says the US ‘underestimates’
the Chinese telecom makers strength; alluding that conflict with the US is
inevitable in the tech giants quest to ‘stand on top of the world.’
“Huawei’s 5G will absolutely
not be affected. In terms of 5G technologies, others won’t be able to catch up
with Huawei in two or three years. We have sacrificed ourselves and our
families for our ideal, to stand on top of the world. To reach this ideal, sooner
or later there will be conflict with the US.”
The Chinese telecommunications
equipment maker has become a focal point in a protracted trade war with the US.
The new restrictions set to make it extremely difficult for Huawei to do
business with US companies including major companies such as Qualcomm, Intel, Broadcom