One of the companies that is barred from trading with Huawei has just come out in defense of the Chinese. According to the Financial Times, Google claims to be a security risk the impediment imposed on Huawei in negotiating with US companies.
Google thus warns the Trump administration that its recent order can have the effect it should counter. According to Google, preventing Huawei from using Android may prove a risk to national security in the long run. It should be noted that this was the argument used by Donald Trump to justify this measure.
Google fears that Huawei’s operating system may have security holes
Huawei is developing its own operating system instead of Android. Thus, Google fears that China will accelerate the development of this software and create some security holes that can be exploited.
The hasty development of an operating system may lead to some details going unnoticed. This is one of Google’s fears after Huawei is no longer able to use its Android.
Google also points out that preventing the use of Huawei smartphones in US territory is not the solution. After all, we may not know what brand of equipment is on the other end of the line. In case of being a Huawei, the alleged Chinese spy scheme against the US would continue to bear fruit.
Economic issues may also motivate Google’s position
Huawei is currently one of the most relevant smartphone developers in the world. In that sense, if these restrictions remain, Google will lose one of its largest partners.
Google thus uses the security letter to try to unlock an issue that will have far more repercussions for the business than you might imagine. Losing business with the world’s second-largest smartphone seller will certainly impact the US phone company’s finances.
What happened to get to this point?
Last month, Donald Trump signed an executive order that barred any US company from buying material from Huawei. Following this decree, companies such as Google, Intel, Qualcomm or Microsoft discontinued their business with Huawei, otherwise they will face legal action.
A few days later, the US government granted a three-month period to allow domestic companies to continue working with Huawei. A measure that served to alleviate some of the tension between the parties, but does not solve the problem.
Given the possibility of losing access to Android, Huawei informs that it will launch its alternative later this year. The Chinese says it will have its operating system ready in the fourth quarter of the year. This will be used if your inability to use Android remains.