05/20/2019, 09.21
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Google against Huawei

by Wang Zhicheng

The network giant will block updates to the Android operating system and access to apps like Google Play, Gmail and YouTube. Possible consequences for sales in Europe. Trump has blocked trade with companies that undermine national security. The risks for Huawei are similar to those of ZTE.

Beijing (AsiaNews) - Since yesterday, the network giant, Google, has decided to block some updates (updates) for Huawei phones, with possible damage to the development of the Chinese technology giant.

The move, expressed in a statement yesterday, follows the decision by US President Donald Trump to add Huawei to a list of companies with which Americans cannot trade unless they have a special permit.

Due to Google's decision, all the Chinese company's smartphones will lose access to updates to the Android operating system. Furthermore, all new versions of Huawei's smartphones will lose access to popular apps such as Google Play, Gmail and YouTube.

So far there has been no comment from the Chinese company, but some experts tend to detract from the impact of this obstacle in China: in the country, many Google apps are already blocked by censorship. But outside of China, and especially in Europe, this is likely to reduce the sale of the new Huawei smartphones.

Trump's decision is more serious, which reduces the possibility for Huawei to procure components necessary for its technology to almost zero. 36% of Huawei's components come from the US, whose call could be followed by Taiwan - which offers 11% and Japan, with 12% of the components.

Trump has also given orders to ban the use of telecommunications tools by companies that are suspected of being a threat to national security. Although the order does not cite Huawei, or other Chinese company, it is directly aimed at it, given that it is charged of being at the service of Chinese security.

Huawei has declared that it will be able to do without the US components and even the Android operating system, having developed some projects in its own right over the past few years. But several technological experts doubt that it can do without US aid.

Last year, ZTE, another Chinese telecommunications company, underwent the same treatment that is now bing applied to Huawei. The American move has led to the temporary closure of many of its operations and a collapse of its stock market shares. ZTE was accused of violating the US embargo for the sale of technological tools in Iran. The ban was lifted only after ZTE agreed to pay a fine of one billion dollars.

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