Google follows the Trump administration and gives Huawei a temporary reprieve

Google follows the Trump administration and gives Huawei a temporary reprieve
With Huawei on the ropes, yesterday the Trump administration gave the company a three-month reprieve allowing the company to access U.S. components and parts "necessary to maintain and support existing and currently fully operational networks and equipment, including software updates and patches." All eyes then turned to Google to see if the company would revise the position it took on Sunday when it reportedly cut ties with Huawei, denying the phone manufacturer access to the Google Play Store on future phones and the other perks of being a Google licensee.

This morning, CNBC reports that Google has announced that it will continue to work with Huawei over the next 90 days, and promised to send updates to the company's Android phones through August 19th. The U.S. Commerce Department said that it would determine whether the temporary exemptions announced yesterday should run for longer than 90 days. On Thursday, the agency placed Huawei and 68 affiliates on the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Entity list. This prevents the Chinese manufacturer from obtaining U.S. sourced parts and components without a license granted by the U.S. government. This was done because Huawei is considered a national security threat in the U.S. due to a law in communist China that allows the government to demand that the firm spy on its behalf.


Last year, Huawei spent $11 billion dollars to purchase supplies from U.S. companies like Qualcomm, Micron Technologies and Intel. The company also relies on software made by U.S. companies to design its own chips. Even though Huawei said that it has been preparing to be banned from accessing U.S. parts, experts in the chip industry say that it will take Huawei a few years to become totally "self-reliant." The company also claims that it has been developing its own alternative to the Android operating system.

The next 90 days are very important to Huawei


All of this comes while the U.S. and China are engaged in a trade war with the U.S. recently raising the tariff on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports to 25% from 10%. China hit back with tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. exports to China. While smartphones have escaped the tax so far, the next tier of products imported from China that could be hit with a 25% tariff supposedly includes such handsets.

Huawei's current high-end phone, the P30 Pro

Huawei's current high-end phone, the P30 Pro


Huawei was the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world during the first quarter, surpassing Apple and trailing only Samsung. The company expected to take over the top spot from Samsung next year, although that now depends on what happens after the 90-day exemption is over. In March, Huawei launched the high-end P30 line with the flagship Mate 30 series due out in the second half of this year. It isn't clear how all of this will affect the timetable for the release of the foldable Huawei Mate X. The $2,600 outward folding phone was unveiled in February with its release coming sometime this summer.

Some believe that Huawei is being used by the U.S. as leverage to get China to agree to concessions on a trade deal that would end the current trade war. By having Huawei put on the Entity List and then given this short reprieve by the Trump administration, it gives the Chinese government a taste of what could happen if it doesn't come to an agreement on trade. The next 90 days are going to be very important for Huawei, a company whose high-end phones have become very popular among many smartphone enthusiasts.

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17 Comments

1. alanrock

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

how generous of you Google...

3. sgodsell

Posts: 6895; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The thing is Google isn't in China, and before any of this happened Huawei mentioned before they were working on their own OS. So Google is being generous, Huawei is the company that doesn't give a $hit about anyone else.

4. alanrock

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

heart of gold is difficult to achieve, hands down to you and Google.

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6517; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

We need another mobile OS anyway. I'm curious to see what they come up with.

10. jacky899

Posts: 401; Member since: May 16, 2017

It is not google being generous. Google loses huge amount of profits from the worldwide Huawei user base. The playstore app sales and Ads generate billions. Huawei said years before they never intend to design an OS they wanted to put to actual use. It only serves as a backup incase they get too big and the US gov decides to play foul to stop them, which they predicted correctly

12. Vogue1985

Posts: 386; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Google is NEVER at lose and will NEVER BE. Google makes real money from data collection and studying people (off and online activity) and a VERY large chunk of the Google money is from overseeing especially Asia (China and India alone have almost half the population on the planet and that just two country). The money made from playstore and ads is popcorn compared to the money made from Data collected from consumers habits sold to other companies. Why are most google services, os, pps, etc free, its because they aren't,you pay with their data and no privacy collected by Google and its affiliates companies worldwide (even in China).NOTHING is free. And just for your info, folks in China use google via VPN's services to uncensored internet access to the things you and can freely search,music,news,programs, porn lol etc.

13. Kohai

Posts: 48; Member since: Jun 04, 2010

Well...never is a lot of time, I wouldn't be so confident on that (think of Nokia, Motorola, maybe Huawei...)

16. Vogue1985

Posts: 386; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Google is a data miner. your online and offline life history/activity, will remain generations long after you'r gone, it will still be google owned regardless.

2. Zylam

Posts: 1808; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Hopefully they end the trade war within the 90 days. We need Huawei. This whole ordeal has exposed the massive monopoly the US government and Google hold on virtually every phone maker that isn't Apple. This just isn't right. But have to hand it to Google, they played their cards right with Android and their mobile services. While the OEM's were investing in R&D and marketing to beat Apple, Google played it safe and made mediocre Nexus phones for a niche market while they gained experience and the OEM's pushed Android for them. Now Android is a juggernaut and everyone is at their Mercy.

7. lyndon420

Posts: 6517; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Don't blame Google because their platform is so popular...blame the users who like it so much lol.

5. talon95

Posts: 985; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I'm not really sure why any consumers in any part of the world other than China are willing to use Huawei products. I'm curious what sort of audit they would be willing to provide to demonstrate the security of their products. Currently I would never even consider them as an option, so ban or not they have a long way to go to assure consumers they can be trusted.

14. Kohai

Posts: 48; Member since: Jun 04, 2010

Half of the millions of phones that Huawei sells are sold outside China...so there are a lot of people that thinks different.

17. Vogue1985

Posts: 386; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Availability, affordability, non-elitise brand image. Its likely your iPhone or Samsung is made is the SAME factory or by the same hands that make Huawei and other products. Same for the Camera's,sensors, chips etc.your clothing,tv,shoes, underware lol,its not MAGA, #MadeInChina everything

8. pecapello

Posts: 106; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

this makes me not want to use google services anymore, although it's virtually impossible.

11. TBomb

Posts: 1205; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

It's not Google who is going to deny Huawei access in 90 days... its the government. If the gov said yo ucan't use phonearena anymore or else you either get fined up the wazoo/go to jail, you're not going to keep using it. now if google was like "yo, you got a 90 day extension.. but screw that" then you can be mad at google. But theyre just trying to do business while complying to their government's rules.

9. iczer

Posts: 150; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

What you don't understand is that Google is just following a Federal Order from the Government, there is nothing that Google can do. Now imagine a Huawei OS without Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube, Google Drive, Messenger, WhatsApp, Netflix, Pandora, Amazon, Uber, LinkedIn, Paypal, Ebay, Twitter, Google Chrome, Microsoft Apps, and the million of apps developed by american companies? In markets like America, Latin America, Europe, Japan, Russia and others it could be imposible to offer a Huawei OS without all the Apps that I mentioned. It's easy to develop a new OS what is really really really hard is that the developers start to develop the apps that we all know for this new OS. American companies will not be able to support this new OS.

15. surethom

Posts: 1618; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Still have no idea why this is affecting Huawei Mobile phone/ Tablet division? & not just the infrastructure division.

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