Published: Mon, June 10, 2019
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Google Asking for an Exemption from Huawei Ban

Google Asking for an Exemption from Huawei Ban

Reuters says the development affects not only Facebook's core social networking app, but also other services such as Instagram and WhatsApp.

He said that Huawei has not negotiated directly with the U.S. government and is waiting to see how the Google talks evolve.

Although it won't be able to include them outside of the Play Store as it now does, Huawei phone users will still be able to download the apps and get updates from the store.

According to a Financial Times (FT) report, Google tried to make the case to the USA federal government that its recent ban against Huawei could force Huawei to come up with an alternative to Google's Android operating system (OS).

When the USA ban first went into effect, Google said it would cut ties with Huawei, but now Google senior executives reportedly are pushing for an exemption from the Huawei blacklist, according to the Financial Times, citing three anonymous sources.

Google's senior executives are lobbying USA officials to exempt it from an order that bans American companies from supplying software and components to the Chinese telecom giant, the newspaper said, citing three people briefed on the conversations.

Plus, Huawei tends to abandon most device models (especially the lower-end ones) quickly and stop sending them updates. In other words, Facebook just doesn't want Huawei to pre-load its apps onto handsets before it ships them out to stores and customers, though we don't know why. Google chose to follow the Department of Commerce in allowing Huawei a 90-day grace period in which the company could transition over to a new mobile operating system.

Reuters said Huawei and Facebook declined to comment on the matter. But from how things are developing, it looks like Huawei's Oak OS would be rolled out, even if the trade ban was lifted. And all of this will be a big threat to the U.S. national security considering the smartphone market share Huawei accounts for globally. Apparently, Google is anxious that Huawei will roll out an Android-based system (via the Android Open Source Project) that would be less secure than the regular Android software Google supports through the Android license.

The US has also urged its allies not to use its equipment or face being cut off from US intelligence because of the "unacceptable risk" Huawei poses. "The arrest of Wanzhou has put a significant strain on Huawei's relationship with the USA", surmises Yahoo!'s Daniel Howley. But the security issues reportedly cited by the search giant may not be enough to sway officials. Their argument hinges around national security, specifically the risks that could arise if Huawei were forced to make its own version of Android.

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