But for the most part, it is about protecting critical infrastructure, and this could go further to cover sea and airports, transport corridors, agriculture, mining and anything the US relies on.
The US and its five-eye neighbours (including Australia and many more) are wholly within their rights to protect national security in any way they see fit. Why? Because you and I have no clue about the security issues of critical infrastructure. We should demand such vigilance and be very grateful for that.
But Huawei is a huge conglomerate of interests. Its consumer smartphone business growth has been spectacular rising to the #2 global supplier by market share, knocking Apple off its #2 place and tapping on #1 Samsung’s door.
It has done that by continually lifting the bar, over specifying and keenly pricing its gear. No one can argue that last year’s Mate 20/Pro and P30/Pro this year have the best camera technology at the time and the phones are ‘Galaxy’ class.
Whether the Google incident is an unintended casualty of the US Executive Order or a carefully planned grand scheme to put good old US-based Apple back on top is immaterial.
Why? Any government has the right to make any decision for its sovereign territory and its citizens, and we vote for them to do so.
If the action is unintended, then Huawei et al. will solve this rationally and quickly and get back to business as usual.
GadgetGuy has asked Huawei for considered comment but in all
Update: 10.15 AM, 21 May
Huawei has provided a quick response.
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 benefitted 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.
Update: 11.14 AM, 21 May
Jeremy Mitchell, Director of Corporate Affairs, Huawei Australia:
We want to assure Huawei customers in Australia that the US actions involving Google will not impact consumers with a Huawei smartphone or tablet or those that are planning to buy a Huawei device in the near future from an Australian retail outlet.
Consumers with Huawei devices will still receive security updates and be able to use Google apps. Huawei will continue to provide after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally.