The fight between the US tech industry and the Chinese-based cellphone manufacturer, Huawei, has been escalating for some time now, but companies are now starting to take pretty serious action against the Chinese technology giant.
Google has started what is now being dubbed the "Huawei Ban", when it officially banned Huawei from using Android as their OS, by revoking their license. This has now forced Huawei to use the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), which creates problems for current and future Huawei devices.
When asked for comment, Google stated that, "we are complying with the order and reviewing the implications". However, Google has also shifted Huawei onto the "Entity List", which essentially means that they will need the US Government's approval if they want to buy any new technology. This, along with the forced usage of AOSP, means that Huawei users are cut off from critical Google updates to apps and services. However, Google has stated that current users will still be updated, but how long that will last, we aren't sure. Furthmore, Huawei is now developing their own operating systems, just for this occasion, which emphasises the concern over the Chinese government's influence
According to Bloomberg, Intel and Qualcomm are compounding Huawei's problems, two of the world's largest computing chip manufacturer, are compounding Huawei's problems and have also banned Huawei from their services. Huawei uses these two chipsets as their American suppliers for their smartphone range, along with Broadcom, which makes the three largest American chip manufacturers cutting their business with Huawei, effective immediately.
The German chip manufacturer, Infineon Technologies, have now also banned Huawei from using their services, reported by Nikkei, as well as Micron Technology and Western Digital.
These rebuffs from manufacturers spread across their smartphones, laptops, smart watches, servers, and more, and while this will impact device sales in the US - which they are not allowed to sell - the support from Google will affect users worldwide. Considering that Huawei is one of the three biggest brands in South Africa, competing with Samsung and Apple, this could have major consequences locally.
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