Huawei gets temporary relief from its USA ban

Joanna Estrada
May 22, 2019

Business Insider reports that tech giant Google has temporarily stopped its plan to suspend all Android licenses used by Chinese tech manufacturer Huawei.

Last week, the USA ordered the ban, and said Huawei was a security risk. "We can not think narrow-mindedly that loving Huawei equals loving its phones".

Two years back, Samsung shipped two devices for every shipped by Huawei.

For customers, anxiety has set in. This leaves buyers of the company's smartphones in a precarious position because the company will only be able to push security updates for the open-source system only when they become available-meaning ceding control of a key component to third-parties.

Turning to social media, some users have vented their anger, demanding a replacement phone or a refund from telecommunications companies.

In response to TODAY's queries, telcos StarHub and Singtel acknowledged the frustrations, with Singtel saying that it is working with Huawei "to get more clarity".

Google will still withhold its apps from future Huawei phones, the person added.

Despite this, Huawei will continue purchasing chips from USA companies and selling Huawei products to US clients, he said, despite mounting restrictions from the US government.

Unless the situation changes drastically, continuing to use Android as the operating system on its smartphones is no longer a viable option for Huawei.

"It is not a great deal for the technologies spat between the USA and China, but it is an example that will see the discontinuation of orders going into the U.S. from Chinese firms - their main buyers - as they are either prohibited or culled due to the further imposed tariffs". For its part, Huawei has accused the United States of discrimination, claiming American telecoms can not handle competition and pointing out the US' own record of backdooring allies' communications.

Talks between Beijing and Washington deadlocked this month as Trump accused China of backing out of a deal that was taking shape with USA officials, saying China reneged on an agreement to enshrine a wide range of reforms in law.

Cybersecurity expert Morgan Wright says Huawei should be subject to the same scrutiny of a publicly traded company.

For Chinese consumers, it's not a big deal given Google is already banned in the country, but for anyone anywhere else, it's going to cause some issues.

Choo also said that he has stopped buying new Huawei phones from suppliers.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by a 4.31-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and by a 2.91-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.

"I will still receive calls and make them so it's not a problem".

Kovrig is a former diplomat who now works with the International Crisis Group, a global think-tank, as its senior adviser on Northeast Asia, while Spavor is a businessman.

"We can not be isolated from the world", Ren said.

A Singtel spokesperson told TODAY: "Huawei has confirmed that customers with existing phones can still access the Google Play Store for downloads and updates".

The United States temporarily eased restrictions on Huawei on Tuesday, granting it a license to buy U.S. goods until August 19, meaning that updates of Google apps like Gmail and YouTube can continue until then.

TODAY has also sought comment from M1. Chipmakers, many of which sell to Huawei, bore the brunt of Monday's sell-off.

Question: Will Huawei products that are not yet launched be affected?

"Most of the important functions on this phone are Gmail and YouTube, and many other Google services, too".

Huawei smartphones could be getting their own Huawei OS in the future. Huawei also held talks with European wireless carriers about spreading this new app store even further, people involved in those talks said.

China's largest technology company told potential partners that by the end of 2018, it would have 50 million Europeans using its own app store, rather than Google's, according to documents viewed by Bloomberg News.

After the 90-day period, provided there isn't an extension, United States companies will not be allowed to engage in trade with Huawei and 68 of its affiliates without permission from Uncle Sam.

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