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US warns Philippines against using Huawei technologies

America is on the warpath again

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Last year, Huawei swirled into a maelstrom of geopolitical strife. Rooted in American insecurities, Huawei’s supposed problems ranged from shady Iran deals to cybersecurity concerns. The American government went on a controversial war against the Chinese company. Unfortunately, two months into the new year, the war sputtered on without a conclusion.

Now, the US is on the warpath once again. Recently, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a special press conference at the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. In the conference, Pompeo answered questions about Huawei’s involvement with the country. Currently, Huawei’s modern 5G technology can potentially act as an appropriate replacement for the Philippines’ aging equipment.


Pompeo adamantly reiterated his own country’s concerns with the country. “Our task has been to share with the world the risks associated with that technology: the risks to the Philippine people, the risk to Philippine security, the risk that America may not be able to operate in certain environments if there is Huawei technology adjacent to that,” he said.

As with past incidents, the US government is placing a lot of pressure on its allied countries. Last year, America has also warned other countries of a potential partnership with Huawei. So far, reception is varied. While some countries have agreed with the US, other countries have conversely gone ahead with Huawei support.

To the American government’s defense, “[they] want to make sure that the world has their eyes wide open as to the risks of having that technology to be part of infrastructure, backbone, or networks,” according to Pompeo.

Currently, the Philippines is in a tug of war between American and Chinese support. Unsurprisingly, Huawei has become a potential centerpiece in the debacle. Huawei’s phones are currently a huge hit in the country.

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Huawei granted 90-day extension before total ban

You can use Google on Huawei for at least three more months

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For the last 24 hours, the tech world struggled to regain its footing following the huge news about Huawei. In an unprecedented attack, the American government definitively banned the company’s dealings on American soil. As a result, Google has blacklisted Huawei from using its Android services. Other American companies followed suit. Naturally, the quick succession of developments spells an impending doom for the world’s second-best smartphone maker.

Of course, no one really knows how the ban will ultimately affect consumers. Both Google and Huawei have issued comforting statements despite the bad news. Likewise, local telcos have promised continued support for Huawei devices. At the very least, everyone is hunting for a tentative solution for the future.


Thankfully, both parties now have more time. The U.S. Department of Commerce issued a new statement regarding the incident. Instead of an immediate ban, Huawei will enjoy a 90-day extension of its commercial license. The extension will “authorize specific, limited engagement in transactions involving the export, reexport, and transfer of items.” It will allow Huawei, Google, and other affected parties a workable amount of time to find a more long-term solution. For the American government, the extended license will allow them to patch up cybersecurity flaws in existing hardware.

Besides companies, consumers will also benefit from the extension. Existing users can find better app solutions and, at worst, new hardware alternatives. Currently, Huawei users are worrying about continued Google services. Google has ensured continued support in the meantime. Sadly, everyone’s support might eventually run out before a government-led solution. Three months is hopefully enough for a commercially led solution.

SEE ALSO: Huawei and Samsung settle three-year patent dispute

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Huawei and Google release official statements regarding trade blacklist

Existing users shouldn’t worry

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The tech world erupted earlier today when a Reuters report claimed that Google is blacklisting Huawei devices after an executive order by US President Donald Trump imposed a trade ban between Huawei and the US.

To be specific, Huawei may not buy equipment from US companies without the approval of the North American government. At the same time, US companies also aren’t allowed to deal with Huawei for parts and services.


It was the deadly blow dealt after a years of accusations between the two camps. Previously, fellow Chinese brand ZTE experienced similar banning on North American soil because of concerns over security and data breaches.

With this order in action, Google must pull out its apps and services from future Huawei devices. These include YouTube, Gmail, and the Google Play store itself. To add insult to injury, other US-based tech companies have followed suit in the trade ban, namely Intel, Broadcom, and Qualcomm.

Fortunately — and this is the most positive spin to this developing story — Google released a statement explaining that existing Huawei products will continue to function and won’t be affected by this blacklisting.

The keyword here is existing, meaning Google isn’t promising support for future Huawei products. This hopefully doesn’t mean that other Chinese brands like Xiaomi and OnePlus will go through the same fate as Huawei’s.

Huawei had its own statement to share, and it’s just as reassuring to existing users:

“Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefited both users and the industry. Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products covering those have been sold or still in stock globally. We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.”

The sentence in bold may be the biggest takeaway here. Not only is Huawei committed to providing promised firmware updates and support for current Huawei device holders, sub-brand Honor is part of the company’s reassurance, as well.

This also confirms that current Huawei and Honor users don’t have to sell or trade away their gadgets. Even a newly bought unit from the companies’ present lineups will work just fine with Google’s services and apps.

In effect, only future products will be affected, which brings into question how Honor will treat the Honor 20 launch in London tomorrow, as well as what the landscape will look like by the time Huawei’s flagship Mate 30 rolls in.

Additional questions at the moment are: How will upcoming Huawei smartphones look and function without an Android operating system? Will Huawei release its own OS in time for the next batch of handsets? Will American companies soon block trades with other Chinese manufacturers, too? For now, we’ll have to wait and see.

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Globe, Smart downplay Huawei ban imposed by US government

Subscribers won’t be affected — at least for now

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In light of recent (and shocking) news about the US government’s ban on Huawei, Philippine telcos have issued their respective statements to guarantee subscribers who are using Huawei devices on their networks.

In a statement posted on Facebook, the PLDTSmart group assured its subscribers that Huawei handsets and other devices availed via official PLDT-Smart channels will continue to work despite the trade ban.


“In light of the recent trade ban of the United States government on Huawei products, PLDT and Smart Communications, Inc. wish to assure its customers who have availed of Huawei handsets and devices via its official channels that said products will continue to function normally on the PLDT-Smart network,” the statement read.

Moreover, PLDT and Smart promised to work closely with Huawei to address concerns regarding future firmware and software updates for its devices. Currently, Smart offers Huawei phones and pocket Wi-Fi devices on both postpaid and prepaid services.

Globe also reassured their subscribers about subsequent security updates and after-sales services of Huawei phones and devices. “We wish to assure our customers that the current situation at Huawei will not impact its network services,” the statement added.

Like PLDT and Smart, Globe also sells Huawei phones under their postpaid and prepaid line, plus they offer prepaid home Wi-Fi solutions using Huawei LTE routers.

Additionally, both major Philippine telcos use Huawei infrastructures to deploy their services nationwide. However, the reported Huawei ban mainly affects consumer devices like phones because they rely on software and parts provided by US companies as well.

SEE ALSO: Intel, Broadcom, and Qualcomm reportedly staying away from Huawei

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