Victimised by the great war: 🇺🇸 vs 🇨🇳
Major American companies including Google, Qualcomm & Intel have blocked supplies to & from Huawei – the world’s 2nd largest smartphone brand.
A cancellation of the Android license suggests (theoretically) that future models will lose access to the essential range of applications and functions that Android provides. This will force Huawei to either develop its own OS & app ecosystem or partner with someone else.
The ban is a major blow to the company’s future (which looks gloomy already) and while Huawei has the resources to create and sustain its own platform (its net profit in 2018 was approximately ₹60,000 Cr), slow user adaptation may be potentially devastating for the company.
Such a move is only going to intensify the ongoing trade war. Let’s just hope it doesn’t create more of such no-win situations for users & the financial markets of the world.
In case you didn’t know 🎉
The US government has accused Huawei (since 2012) of secretly working with the Chinese government to supply ‘rigged’ hardware that allows the Asian leader to access data on any device that uses its parts.
The Trump government has blacklisted Huawei by citing it as a ‘threat’ to national security.