Huawei was positioned on the U.S. Commerce Department’s Entity List in May, preventing the corporate from accessing it’s the United States-based supply chain. Sure, this was terrible news for the corporate since it’s prevented from licensing the Google Play services version of Android from Google, parts from Qualcomm and chip designs from ARM Holdings, Intel, and Micron.
However, the ban additionally hurts U.S. firms; in 2018, Huawei spent 11 billion USD for parts and software from the United States.
Just one month ago today, U.S. President Donald Trump introduced that he and Chinese President Xi Jinping had reached a truce temporarily stopping any escalation of the U.S.-China trade war. While Huawei was positioned on the list for security purposes, the president himself stated that the corporate could be used as a bargaining chip to extract better terms for any trade agreement between the two countries. And after the truce was introduced, Trump mentioned, “U.S. firms can sell their equipment to Huawei.
We’re talking about tools where there’s no nice national security problem with it.” While that seemed like good news for Huawei at the time, the reality is that nothing has modified over the last month. Huawei still cannot access its U.S. provide chain and Google’s cut ties with the Chinese producer remain severed.
And today, The Information (by way of Android Police) revealed that the ban had cost the world another smart speaker. An anonymous supply inside Huawei mentioned that the corporate and Google had been working for a full year to develop this speaker that might have featured Google Assistant. And Huawei was going to sell the speaker in the US, although the government will not let Huawei’s phones be purchased through state-side carriers.
However, alas, the ban has put the kibosh on the project. While the world actually doesn’t want another smart speaker, it will have been interesting to see what the two tech giants might have come up.