Huawei in a tight spot as its Android licence with Google just expired

    The real motive behind the extension of the license is said to be the time given to US for acquiring new equipment.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Aug 16 2020, 22:41 IST
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    Although it has been almost a year ever since the US-China trade ban took place, the only reason why Huawei is still coming with Android phones was due to the ongoing licence between it and Google. But things are likely to get tougher for the Chinese smartphone maker as that licence too has now ended. As reported by The Washington Post, the licence between the two ended this Thursday. It allowed Google to work with Huawei on maintaining current phones. 

    However, the real motive behind the extension of the license is said to be the time given to US for acquiring new equipment. They mostly relied on Huawei equipment for now. It is not for sure what the future looks like now for Huawei, however, with an expired Android licence and even the Kirin chips witnessing its end, things don't really look good for Huawei.

    What's interesting here is that Huawei's Honor has already announced that it will hold a September 4 IFA event and has teased new smartphones, watch and more. 

    On the other hand, US chipset giant Qualcomm has reportedly been pressuring the Trump administration on allowing them to sell chips to Huawei. As per Qualcomm, the restriction has resulted in foreign competitors get access to a market worth as much as $8 billion each year. We are talking about Taiwan's MediaTek Inc. and South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co.

    Adding to all this is that Huawei will reportedly be kept out of India's plans to roll out its 5G networks since the relations between the two countries haven't been on a positive note off lately.

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    First Published Date: 16 Aug, 11:38 IST
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