Trump delays Huawei ban by 90 days

Darnell Taylor
May 22, 2019

In the T-Mobile/Sprint merger deal, the Justice Department was attempting to get the two company's parent companies to stop using Huawei equipment in Germany and Japan, respectively.

Spark and 2degrees have also been approached for comment on the advice they are giving customers who own Huawei smartphones or tablets, or who may be considering buying one, but Vodafone NZ has been the first to respond. Which looked to some outsiders as a potentially crippling blow for the company that derives nearly half its handset sales from outside China.

If Google fully implements the US government order, Huawei will only have access to the public version of the Android operating system, meaning Huawei phones could lose access to proprietary apps and services such as the Google Play app store, Gmail and YouTube.

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross stated that the 90 day grace period is to allow US companies to get their businesses in order before they sever ties entirely with Huawei.

"It is wrong to say that purchasing Huawei's products equals being patriotic ... don't link that with politics", said Ren Zhengfei in a group interview in Shenzhen on Monday with multiple Chinese media, including Caixin.

In response to having its licensing revoked, the company issued a statement: "Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world". Well, it's less than ideal for Huawei users.

Australian consumers will be able to continue using Google services like Google Play and Gmail on their Huawei phones as they normally would.

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Shares of Google-owner Alphabet dropped 2 per cent after the search engine said it would suspend Android services for Huawei. Attacking Apple might be politically awkward for Chinese leaders who have accused Washington of mistreating Huawei.

The U.S. company will still be able to provide key Android security updates under a 90-day reprieve that the Trump administration granted on some export restrictions, a person familiar with the matter said.

The move comes after the U.S. government put Huawei in a blacklist which forbids the American firms from doing business with the Chinese giant.

Frozen business ties with Google are expected to hit Huawei particularly hard.

Google said existing devices will have access to the Play Store but there is no timeline on how long this will last.

This continues the USA government's attempt to blacklist Huawei around the world. That's because the Chinese company continues to rely on Android to power its smartphones globally, and relies on Google's most popular apps to win mobile phone shoppers.

Huawei will have its own Android operating system as a plan B and they could release that, but United States online content creator Matthew Moniz says there will still be the issue of gaining developer support, which hasn't gone according to plan for Microsoft or Amazon in the past.

Unless the USA reverses its position, there's little Huawei can do to salvage its mobile business outside China, said Chetan Sharma, a wireless industry consultant.

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