Google, Xilinx begins to comply with Trump ban on China’s Huawei
U.S. technology companies have begun to comply with the White House’s ban on China’s Huawei Technologies Inc., with Google and U.S. chip maker Xilinx Inc. saying they are cooperating.
Alphabet-owned GOOGL, -1.33% Google revoked Huawei’s Android license, Reuters reported on Sunday, a move that could cripple the Chinese tech giant’s smartphone business.
An emailed question to Google elicited this response from a spokesman, but the company would not comment any further: “We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications. For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices.”
Last week, the Trump administration moved to restrict U.S. technology sales to Huawei and certain other foreign-owned companies. The U.S. has long claimed that telecom equipment from Huawei poses a national security risk.
Huawei will be restricted to using only the public, open-source version of Google’s Android, Reuters said. Effectively, it means that Huawei will be immediately cut off from receiving Android system updates, including security updates, and future versions of Huawei smartphones won’t be able to use YouTube, Gmail and the Google Play store, among other features.
Via its Twitter account, Google’s Android sought to reassure users of Huawei smartphones on Monday. “For Huawei users’ questions regarding our steps to comply w/ the recent U.S. government actions: We assure you while we are complying with all U.S. gov’t requirements, services like Google Play & security from Google Play Protect will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device.”
Bloomberg News reported Sunday that Xilinx XLNX, -1.29%XLNX, -1.29% and other U.S. chip makers, including Intel CorpINTC, -1.41% Qualcomm Corp. QCOM, -1.58% and Broadcom Inc. AVGO, -2.49% have frozen the supply of critical software and hardware components to Huawei.
“We are aware of the Denial Order issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce with respect to Huawei, and we are cooperating. We have no additional information to hare at this time,” a Xilinx spokesperson told MarketWatch via email. XLNX, -1.29%The other companies mentioned did not immediately respond to requests by MarketWatch for comment.
The Nikkei Asian Review, meanwhile, said German chip maker Infineon Technologies AG IFX, -2.88% has also suspended shipments to Huawei. The company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
MarketWatch also reached out to Huawei for comment, but the company has yet to respond. Last week, Huawei said that the U.S. move was “in no one’s interest.”
“It will do significant economic harm to the American companies with which Huawei does business, affect tens of thousands of American jobs, and disrupt the current collaboration and mutual trust that exist on the global supply chain,” the company said.
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