Google Corp. has warned the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump about the dangers of severing relations with the Chinese company Huawei. The company also said that. Is looking to re-engage with the Chinese
The U.S.-China trade war has provoked some pretty sharp moves on both sides. Thus, President Trump, in his May decree, forbade U.S. companies that own technologies important for national security to cooperate with Huawei. Following the U.S., several companies from Australia, Japan, and South Korea severed relations with the Chinese.
Google says that if Huawei will not be able to update the Android OS on its devices, the Chinese will start developing their own OS. And this means a drop in the position of American companies, because not only China, but also other countries can start developing their own solutions.
According to Google, Huawei’s modified Android OS will be susceptible to hacking. In addition, the Chinese company has already confirmed the development of its own OS. It is unknown how reliable and popular it will be, but the work is underway.
The management of Google Corporation believes that if we break relations with the Chinese, there will soon be two Android operating systems on the market. The first one is the original one and the second one is modified by Huawei, so that users can normally work with it, update and use a variety of services. But the company fears that the modified version will have more bugs than the original. Therefore, Huawei phones will be vulnerable to hacking.
As for U.S. officials, they accuse Huawei of spying using its own equipment supplied to the market for many years. The first accusations were made in 2008 and since then the situation has only been escalating.
In May, the U.S. government banned the Chinese company from selling 5G equipment in the U.S. Also, as mentioned above, companies with access to technology of national importance also cannot work with Huawei.
Google had to suspend its joint business with Huawei. In particular, the company disconnected the Chinese partner’s devices from Android updates. True, the Trump administration then gave the Americans another 90 days to work with the Chinese, but in August the deadline expires and the ban becomes permanent.
For several weeks, Google representatives have been negotiating with officials, trying to find a solution to the situation. But so far no decent way out has been found, so the threat of a complete end to the relationship between the American and Chinese companies is becoming more than real.
Officials deny U.S. businesses the opportunity to rebuild relationships, saying national security is the number one priority. Google has to agree. The other day, its representatives said the following : "Like other U.S. companies, we are fully committed to our stated policy. Our focus is on the security of Google users, who own millions of Huawei devices in the U.S. and other countries.
The head of ARM repeats the idea that the ban on cooperation with Chinese companies puts U.S. business at risk. According to him, other countries are already looking for alternatives to American technologies. Foreign business fears that, at some point, the U.S. Presidential Administration may issue an order to terminate relations with any other country, with subsequent closure of access to U.S. technology.
"All of this is devastating for Huawei in the short term, but in the long term the problems will start in the U.S. technology sector, as well as ARM and Google, " said Hauser. "Companies from different countries will begin to think about how to reduce the threat to themselves from the U.S. president. There is already a discussion going on about European companies building their own intellectual property portfolio and abandoning U.S. intellectual property."