Huawei found itself in the middle of a global tussle between the US and China which was after the Trump administration placed the brand which is Chinese on the ‘entity list’. This caused a limit on the business US companies could do with it, this has cause ripples worldwide.
Why are Huawei phones under fire?
The core issue is because Huawei is seen to be cozy with the Chinese government and there are fears that its equipment may be used to spy on other countries and companies. This is one of the main reasons why the US banned companies from using Huawei networking equipment in 2012. The company was then added to the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security Entity List on May 15. This was due to an executive order from President Donald Trump which banned Huawei from US communications networks.
However, a reprieve came to Huawei in the form of a temporary license issued on May 20 by the US Commerce Department allowing it to work with businesses in the US, which indicates that US companies can resume partnerships on a short term basis with Huawei. It has also Trump offering hope in the form of future trade deals. Trump was quoted as saying, “If we made a deal, Huawei could possibly be included in some form or other of it,” hence indicating that the conflict could be resolved with further negotiation. This temporary license only lasts until August 19 and it is not immediately clear how Huawei will be able to gain the required permits needed to work with US companies when it is considered a threat to natural security.
However many companies like Microsoft and Panasonic do not seem to be too keen to rekindle any efforts with business with Huawei and this list now also includes the Wi-Fi Alliance and the SD Association, which govern the technology used for connectivity and mobile storage. This ejection means Huawei can play no part in shaping the future of these technologies, though it can use them.
Huawei in a statement said that they are not unduly affected by all this and it is a greater loss to the bodies banning it. They claim that the Wi-Fi, SD card, Bluetooth, and NFC functions on Huawei smartphones will not be affected. The temporary license is regarded as nothing more than a slight reprieve over a hugely difficult time for Huawei. It has been stated that in a few months Huawei will be unable to offer access to crucial Google apps. As the ban begins to cast a shadow, the company has already seen growth slow in the month of April. Despite all this, Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei has managed to maintain a positive outlook for the brand. He states that they will continue serving their customers. With a huge mass production capacity, Huawei to the Entity List won’t have a huge impact on them.
What does the ban mean for those with a Huawei phone?
Google has stated that they are complying with the order and reviewing the implications. They say that Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will be functioning on all existing Huawei devices. So for those who have spent huge amounts on phones like the Huawei P30 Pro, they needn’t worry as they will continue to get security updates and access to the Play Store in the near future. Google has since resumed its relationship with Huawei, to enable it to deliver benefits for longer.
With Google’s statement, the temporary support for current and future models, meaning that Huawei will be able to do business like before. Its current customers will be able to benefit for longer. Google has since resumed its relationship with Huawei, to enable it to deliver benefits for longer.
How will the other brands in the smartphone world be affected?
While these sanctions don’t affect other brands currently, it can be seen that global politics can have dramatic implications. This is more for the manufacturing and marketing of consumer devices which have become indispensable for billions of people. The Huawei news has ensured that the technology stock prices spiral downwards too, affecting the market as a result of the US ban. While there’s currently no issue with brands from other parts of the world, this kind of sanction could see other smartphone manufacturers being forced into a costly rethink.
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