Huawei considers rivals to Google's Android after US ban
- Author: Anthony Vega May 22, 2019,
May 22, 2019, 0:43
While Huawei's ban might appear as good news for Apple in the USA, the reality is slightly different.
Yesterday's temporary license is likely to allow companies such as Google to continue providing service and support, including software updates or patches, to Huawei smartphones that were available to the public on or before May 16.
Although it didn't clarify which other apps may be affected, Google said "the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices".
The U.S. Commerce Department will allow Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to purchase American-made goods in order to maintain existing networks and provide software updates to existing Huawei handsets.
George Zhao, president of Huawei's youth-focused brand Honor, told hundreds of reporters, bloggers and analysts that he was "really happy to see so many friends" at the event.
For now, it seems like the Huawei faithful will just have to hope and wait for a resolution in the US-China trade dispute. Also in his remarks Tuesday, Zhengfei touted the company's 5G prowess and said that politicians in the United States have not only underestimated Huawei but that rivals won't even be able to catch up to the company for another two or three years.
The Commerce Department on Monday delayed the sanctions on Huawei for 90 days, saying the additional time was needed to allow for software updates and other contractual obligations.
"We have already developed a solution for replacing American chip and component suppliers with suppliers from other countries, so that we can fulfill all contracts signed with our global customers and meet future demand", he said. In fact, according to reports, there has been a surge in anti-Apple and anti-US messages posted on Weibo, China's version of Twitter, following the new US-China tensions over Huawei.
He said Huawei was at odds with the US government, not USA firms, and that Huawei is capable of making the chips it buys from the United States though that does not mean it will stop buying American chips.
In Canada, BCE Inc. and Telus Corp., the country's second and third-largest wireless carriers, used Huawei radios and antennas extensively to build their current cellular networks.
Google is planning on pulling Huawei's access to Android's core accounts.
Its arrest of Ren's daughter, Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, in December on a U.S. extradition bid linked to Iran sanctions violations was followed by the arrest in China of two Canadians, including a former diplomat.
The move to delay the ban on Huawei may follow a familiar script with the Trump administration, which in its attempt to change the U.S.'s trade relations with major economies like China and Europe has often announced restrictions or tariffs only to delay their implementation.
In Brussels, a senior Huawei European representative lashed out at the actions of the Trump administration and warned that other companies around the world should be anxious, too.