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Google Restricts Android Licence to Huawei Amid US-China Trade War

 

Chinese phone maker Huawei’s future now seems bleak, after Google revoked Huawei’s long-term Android license, following the extradition of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, daughter of the founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei, on fraud charges. The Trump-led US government believes that Huawei is acting on behalf of the Chinese government, undermining US national security and posing cybersecurity and privacy risks for American and UK customers. As an Android partner, Huawei phones are dependent on licenses from Google for the Android operating system and Google’s proprietary suite of apps. Apart from Google apps, all other apps that use Google’s APIs for actions like signing in to accounts will also be blocked on smartphones by Huawei and sub-brand Honor. Google has also removed Huawei’s phones from Android.com, which may affect the brand’s sales. However, Google has assured existing users of Huawei devices that all Google services will continue running on their devices and has granted Huawei a temporary license till August 2019. Other companies, like Qualcomm, Broadcom, and Intel, whose license are essential for Huawei’s phone and network businesses, have also withdrawn their licenses.

The executive order and subsequent withdrawal by US businesses are likely to create uncertainty about the future of Chinese businesses and further escalate US-China trade issues.

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