According to a report by Financial Times, Google is in talks with the U.S. Commerce Department asking to be exempted from the Huawei trade ban.
Google argues that the ban currently implemented on Huawei will actually compromise National security. How? You wonder? Well, Google’s execs believe that preventing Huawei from accessing American technology that it needs to develop its devices will not only hurt Huawei in the short-term but will also have a detrimental effect on U.S. companies, since Chinese companies will be forced to develop their own ecosystem thus cutting off the reliance on American companies.
“In the short term, there is some impact on our business. In the long term, we will have to develop our own operating system and ecosystem,” said Huawei Chairman, Liang Hua.
The issue of National security comes at play where Google argues that lack of access to Android, will push Huawei to create its own Operating System since Google can no longer supply updates to Huawei devices. This new operating system will not only cut off Google’s business but, according to the search giant, Huawei’s OS might be more susceptible to security threats.
Huawei acknowledges that it knows Google is in talks with the U.S. government and the company says they are not directly involved in the talks, however, they are waiting to see the outcome of it before they decide on the next step which could easily mean an ingrown OS which Huawei says that can do “very quickly.”
Google’s push to be exempted from the ban could lead other American companies to hold similar negotiations, considering that it’s Google’s first-move to cut off Huawei that led to a tsunami of negative effects on the Chinese company.
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