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Thursday, June 20, 2019
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Masbad: On Huawei's predicament

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IS IT a tech war or a trade war? Is there really truth to the accusations of espionage? Is there really a way in through their network equipments?

I’ve wondered those myself. And the more I read about it, the more questions that I have instead of answers. Cliché as it may sound but it is what it is.

Huawei has been in a world of hurt these past week. The tip of the spear for that is Google pulling the rug out of Huawei’s feet when it announced it’s suspending business ties with the phone company. What that meant was basically, Huawei lost access to the Android operating system and will no longer be able to access Google services. And from there, things snowballed.

ARM, Qualcomm, the SD Association and, more recently, the Wi-Fi Consortium, among others, have all cut ties with Huawei. On each point and collectively, these puts Huawei in a very, very difficult position. They basically lose connection and supply for pretty much core components for both their phones and laptops. We don’t really need to stress the importance of these components for each tech device we currently own, and in turn, what Huawei sells.

How things will go is anyone’s guess. Like I said, there isn’t a clear answer whether this is a tech war or a trade war or what is going on in the minds of those in the US government.

What I will definitely say though is that there is already an effect of what’s been happening. Current owners of Huawei devices are concerned. Very concerned. The longevity of their devices are put into question. Even with just the fact that the phones that are already out in the market and being used won’t be able to get security updates for Android. And that loss of security updates translate to less and less secure mobile devices.

In the end, let’s just wait and see what happens in the next few months. Anything can still happen. Things go either way still.


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