Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced an extension of its export rules preventing Huawei from using U.S. technology in its products. Huawei uses US technology chips made outside the country, and this change fills this particular gap. Now all products that rely on U.S. technology and software require a U.S. license to ship to Huawei.
The change is a blow to the maker of smartphones and laptops, and should give consumers a break before buying Huawei products. Without the ability to use or buy American software and technology from other companies, it will not be easy to make new products and even take over existing hardware.
The U.S. Department of Commerce had already put Huawei on its list of entities, limiting the sale of technology to the company. But in a Tweet today, he explains that the change is to “[a]set up Huawei’s efforts to undermine the list of entities, restrict the products designed and manufactured with American technologies. “
– US Department of Commerce (@CommerceGov) May 15, 2020
When Huawei lost access to Google Play services (and by extension the Google Play Store), it tried to tinker with a new App Store and services to replace it. As noted by Android Police, this effort was not successful.
But as difficult as replacing Google Play, designing and manufacturing chips for laptops, tablets and phones is much more difficult. Without a radical change in the state of affairs, it would be better to avoid Huwaei products for the foreseeable future.