The World’s largest telecommunication maker and the second-largest smartphone maker, Huawei has been under huge criticism since the last few months. With its full-blown trade bans and also extraordinary cancelation of Android license, US has also sought the arrest of Meng Wanzhuou Huawei CFO and also the daughter of CEO Ren Zhengfei in fraud cases.Thus, leading Huawei equipment, gadgets and other devices were banned in many countries and the tension continued to mount for more than half a year. It started with the carriers pulling out of deal to provide Huawei phones and ended with banning Huawei equipment.Intel is currently providing Huawei with processors for their laptops and servers whereas Qualcomm provides chips for its budget phones. However, Huawei has its own chip company by the name ‘HiSilicon’ and Huawei says it can handle this blow. Huawei also claims that it has been preparing to deal with such incidents and HiSilicon will be able to ensure steady supply of most parts.US President Donald Trump has emphasized the importance of 5G on many occasions. He said, “the race to 5G is a race that America must win.” Now, America’s biggest competitor is? Well, you guessed it, China! President Trump also introduced initiatives to speed up the 5G rollout process because he doesn’t want America to finish in second place. President Trump urged the private telecom sector to lead the way in rolling out 5G networks. Verizon and AT&T have rolled out the network in selected cities but with limited success so far. Experts say that blocking out Huawei is Trump administration’s plan to knock out Huawei out of the 5G race. Since Huawei is the world’s biggest supplier of telecommunications equipment and China using a centralized approach to roll out their 5G networks is a threat to the US in the 5G race!
Where did all the tensions start from?The Founder of Huawei is the former technologist in the People’s Liberation Army and it is more closely tied to Government than many other Chinese Firms. As this company grew, the international concerns also grew that Huawei’s equipment could be used to spy on Companies and Governments around the world. In the Year 2003, the company was accused of stealing intellectual property and violating international economic sanction. However, in 2018, the activities of the company signaled a level of concern in the International intelligence community. In February 2018, the head of six U.S Intelligence agencies declared in a Senate Committee that they did not trust Huawei and ZTE, both based in China. In July 2018, a set of Western Countries plan to publicize their concerns about allowing Huawei to operate in their country. This led Huawei under growing backlash from various countries.
Huawei blacklisted in the USLast week, US President Donald Trump added the Chinese Mobile Company ‘Huawei’ to the list of companies that American Firms cannot trade with unless they have the license. In the same time, many countries have also blocked their telecom companies from using Huawei equipment in their 5G Mobile networks. Trump declared a national emergency and blacklisted the companies which he seems was an unacceptable risk for the national security of the US. At the same time, the US Commerce Department announced an effective ban on the firms dealing with the Chinese company Huawei.
Google restricted HuaweiAmerican Companies were barred from selling to Huawei without US Government license in a significant escalation of a trade war with China. Similarly, the Internet Giant ‘Google’, that powers Android mobile operating system to most of the telecommunication companies was also ordered to cut off all ties with Huawei. Huawei is known as the world’s second largest mobile phone seller and relies on a group of Google services for its smartphones including Android play store. However, admiring the order of Trump administration Google started restricting Huawei’s access to its Android operating system which is believed to have a serious impact on Huawei’s Android devices. On Monday the spokesperson of Google declared, “We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications.”
Existing devices will be unaffectedGoogle also presented a statement for Huawei users regarding their steps to comply with the recent US Government action. It said, “We assure you while we are complying with all US Government requirements, services like Google play and Security from Google play protect will keep functioning on the existing Huawei devices”.
This means that Huawei will not be able to use Public version of Android and will not be able to access some of the apps and services provided by Google but the consumers who already own a Huawei smartphone will not face any loss.
For Huawei users’ questions regarding our steps to comply w/ the recent US government actions: We assure you while we are complying with all US gov’t requirements, services like Google Play & security from Google Play Protect will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device.— Android (@Android) May 20, 2019