Google asks US for license to let Huawei use its services

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After Huawei was added to an entity list last May that prevented it from doing business with US companies without a license, the firm was unable to use Google Mobile Services (GMS), such as the Play Store, Gmail, Maps, and YouTube, on its latest phones and tablets.

According to German wire service Deutsche Press Agentu, Vice President of Android and Google Play Sameer Samat confirmed that Google has applied to the US government for a license to resume working with Huawei.

Only two Huawei devices have launched without GMS: The Mate 30 series and Mate XS foldable, neither of which are available in the US. The company said if Google is granted a license, its newest phones would be updated with Google’s suite of apps and services.

While the US government continues to battle against Huawei—the US Department of Justice recently charged it with conspiracy to steal trade secrets—it did grant Microsoft a similar license late last year, allowing Windows 10 to ship on Huawei’s latest laptops, including the MateBook 13 and updated Matebook X Pro. As such, Google will likely be feeling optimistic about its chances.

Google recently warned users of new Huawei devices not to sideload its apps, explaining that doing so brought a high risk of installing an app that had been tampered with in ways that could compromise security.

Huawei has developed its own alternative to the Play Store called the AppGallery, but it lacks some of the world’s most popular apps, including Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, Uber, Netflix, Amazon, and Spotify.

Earlier this month, Huawei told the US to look at its own history of spying on phone networks before accusing it of doing the same thing.

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But you’ll have those out there with a blind trust of China, riddled with false information and misconceptions who will vehemently say we’re being “mean”.

If they’re also unvaccinated we may have a chance at raising society’s IQ by a few points one day.
 
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dangh

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I think it's for better if Google won't be allowed to do so. Huawei is a solid tech company, which will simply build their own system, which will allow us to get less dependent on Google and would bring some competition to the market. It is not very smart to be dependent on technology from a single country, and strong Huawei would be a welcome diversification. Google knows that and is trying to push their services everywhere to keep dominant position, so it's up to the goverment to help rest of the world and cripple google a bit.
 
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Dosahka

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I think it's for better if Google won't be allowed to do so. Huawei is a solid tech company, which will simply build their own system, which will allow us to get less dependent on Google and would bring some competition to the market. It is not very smart to be dependent on technology from a single country, and strong Huawei would be a welcome diversification. Google knows that and is trying to push their services everywhere to keep dominant position, so it's up to the goverment to help rest of the world and cripple google a bit.
Google's competitor is Apple, but agree that there should be another network to get your apps, which would create more work for devs
That means killing Samsung's one of the biggest competitor, Don't get me wrong there is a huge Huawei userbase, but getting regular apps on their store won't be that easy, but time will tell.
Specially now that Apple is so close to create one OS for all of its devices (yes same OS on iPhones/iPads and Macs).

I'm surprised Microsoft were given the exemption. If Google is now refused, it would lend credence to the theory that this is being done to destroy Huawei as a competitor to Apple.
and competitor to Samsung!