Google has applied for license to work with Huawei

Alonzo Simpson
February 27, 2020

In 2019, Alphabet's Google suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software, and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing.

The Fed's Huawei ban forbid any USA company to transfer or make any business with the Chinese corporation, which effectively meant that - after the P30 Pro - no new Huawei phone or device of any type could use Google's official Android release, apps, services, and Play Store.

The US blacklisted the Chinese giant previous year and introduced special licenses for American firms to do business with the company alleging the company was spying at Beijing's behest.

With this time invested and the improvement it's undoubtedly made to Huawei's own offering, the company has even started launching phones in Europe/UK without Google Play onboard.

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Microsoft successfully negotiated a deal last November that allowed them to sell Windows licenses to Huawei once again. The move would bypass the US blacklisting of Huawei, and it has precedent: Microsoft in November won a similar license to supply Huawei with Windows 10 for use on the Chinese firm's computers. And that means that its smartphones will be able to use Google services once again. Called Huawei Mobile Services, the platform wants to offer alternatives to Google apps and services.

And while it appears that the US government is curiously and unilaterally opposed to Huawei, Google's chance of succeeding here is good. Which means they are huge. However, the issues that the United States government has with Huawei are mainly related to its network equipment, especially in regards to the US' 5G network construction.

And, in the long run, this breakup will also erase part of the power of Android, which is already fragmented enough just by its own versions.

So it's clear that Google needs Huawei.

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