Published: Wed, May 22, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

The Huawei ban is MUCH bigger than you think

The Huawei ban is MUCH bigger than you think

Google said it would continue to support existing Huawei smartphones but that future devices would not have some apps and services, including maps, Gmail and search.

British and Japanese mobile phone companies said Wednesday they're putting on hold plans to sell new devices from Huawei, in the latest fallout from US tech restrictions aimed at the Chinese company.

It spent about $11 billion previous year buying components from US firms such as Micron Technology, Intel and Qualcomm, according to CNBC, about 15% of the $70 billion that Huawei spent buying components worldwide.

Huawei was one of 69 groups added to the Entity List. Many western countries allege that Huawei's close ties to the Chinese government could allow for spying through Huawei hardware, but the US has never produced evidence for this claim. "Who can trust USA companies now?" some tweeters asked.

Huawei NZ deputy chief executive Andrew Bowater says there's no need for owners of the company's phones to panic or return them to retailers after restricted on the software services.

Trump administration officials have argued that Huawei's continued access to USA technology poses a national security risk, given concerns about intellectual property theft and cybersecurity that have overshadowed ongoing trade negotiations between the US and China.

In what was seen as a reprieve for the Chinese company, the U.S. Commerce Department issued a license on Monday allowing Huawei to continue to trade with U.S. firms for the next three months. Existing phones will function as always, but they may no longer be privy to future software and security updates.

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With Huawei facing sales bans in the USA and United Kingdom, and the fate of Google's Android operating system on its devices uncertain, The National digs into the questions consumers may have about what comes next, and Huawei alternatives.

Ren said the measure had "little meaning" to Huawei, and his company had anticipated future conflict with the US and the company had been working on a backup plan to develop its own chips for many years.

However, the exact details of Huawei's mysterious operating system are anyone's guess, but it looks like taking a fork off of AOSP and building its OS around that would be the easier and more logical course of action for the company.

"We have sacrificed individuals and families only for the goal to stand at the top of the world", Ren said, adding that with such a goal, conflict with the USA was "inevitable".

"We sacrificed [the interests of] individuals and families for the sake of an ideal, to stand at the top of the world", he said according to a report in the South China Morning Post. However, it is unclear what if anything Google can do to help Huawei under the current sanctions.

Right now, Huawei relies heavily on outside suppliers for components that go into everything from its smartphones to its network base stations.

Zhao Runhua contributed to the story.

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