Intel, Qualcomm and Google are cutting off business with Huawei

It seems that USA-China trade war has really started now: America was the land of free trade … precisely until it is not anymore.

Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom, and Xilinx have reportedly moved to stop supplying Huawei. Google has also suspended business with Huawei in the wake of the ban.

According to Bloomberg, semiconductor companies Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx and Broadcom will no longer supply Huawei until further notice. Another report says that Google has suspended some trade with Huawei, leaving it with access only to the open-source version of Android.

I am a bit worried because I am just posting with a smart phone made by Huawei.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Huawei is shipping a lot more phones in spite of it all

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Trump May Win His Battle With Huawei, But He Stands To Lose The Tech War With China

    Trump’s attack on Huawei has galvanized China’s tech firms to accelerate their own development of advanced technology.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Donald Trump said his tariffs on Chinese imports would bring factory jobs back to the US, but that’s not happening
    Donald Trump said his tariffs on Chinese imports would bring factory jobs back to the US, but that’s not happening

    American companies are pulling out of Chinese plants, but they’re not returning the work to the US

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    American companies are pulling out of Chinese plants, but they’re not returning the work to the US

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Trump administration bans federal agencies from buying Huawei, ZTE tech

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The new rule will take effect in a week — August 13 — and will also take aim at Chinese tech giants ZTE, Hytera, and Hikvision, amid fears that the companies could spy for the Chinese government. The rule comes in a year before Congress’ mandated deadline of August 2020 for all federal contractors doing business with Huawei, ZTE, Hytera, and Hikvision.

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Huawei launches own operating system to replace Google’s Android

    Huawei has rolled out its long-rumored Hongmeng operating system (OS), known as the HarmonyOS. The company says it can switch to the new system at any time, including on phones, if it is unable to use Android.

    The Chinese tech giant officially unveiled the new platform on Friday.

    While the company said that it currently prefers to power its smartphones with Google’s Android, it did not rule out the future use of its own system on smartphones.

    The tech giant also stresses that the new platform will officially be open source, which could be a part of the firm’s efforts to fend off US spying allegations.

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Huawei reveals HarmonyOS, its alternative to Android
    This is Huawei’s Android backup plan.

    Huawei’s long-rumored Android alternative, Hongmeng, is finally official. At today’s Huawei Developer Conference, the company’s Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu surprised the audience by unveiling “HarmonyOS,” which he says is faster and safer than Android. That said, the software is primarily aimed at IoT products (such as smart displays, wearables, smart speakers and in-car devices) instead of smartphones. Yu says that when Huawei can no longer access Google’s Android ecosystem, the company can deploy HarmonyOS “at any time.” Until then, Huawei will continue to support Android.

    Yu’s presentation was rather technical but in a nutshell, HarmonyOS is positioned as a future-proof, “microkernel-based, distributed OS for all scenarios.” The platform is open source, and it’s actually more of a competitor to Google’s upcoming Fuchsia, given that both are microkernel-based and can be used on multiple types of devices at once.

    With a microkernel design, HarmonyOS should be safer from the get-go as there is no root access available; the microkernel is protected by isolation from external kernel services.

    The system also applies formal verification — a set of mathematical approaches used in security-critical fields — to reliably spot vulnerabilities, whereas traditional methods are likely to miss some.

    According to Yu, HarmonyOS has been in the works since 2017, and the version Huawei unveiled today will initially target smart display products, such as the Huawei Vision due later this year. While this release still packs a Linux kernel and Huawei’s earlier LiteOS kernel alongside its own microkernel, version 2.0, which is expected sometime in 2020, will feature just a HarmonyOS microkernel, thus making it a true HarmonyOS.

    It’s clear that Huawei has intentionally avoided mentioning “smartphones” in its slides and press materials today

    developers will be able to port their Android apps over to HarmonyOS using Huawei’s ARK compiler.

    While the exec claimed that HarmonyOS is ready to go “at any time,” it’s hard to tell whether all its supposed advantages will win over developers and users — especially those in the US. We’ve seen Samsung’s attempt to overthrow Android back in the days using Tizen, but nowadays it’s nothing more than the software powering its Galaxy wearables.

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    HarmonyOS is Huawei’s Android alternative for smartphones and smart home devices

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Mishaal Rahman / XDA Developers:
    Huawei announces its first device running Harmony OS, an Honor Vision smart TV launching on August 15 — Companies that have traditionally been known for their smartphones are venturing into the smart TV business. Xiaomi has been in this game for some time now, while OnePlus is also gearing up to launch its own smart screen product.

    Honor Vision smart TV is the first device with Huawei’s Harmony OS

    Companies that have traditionally been known for their smartphones are venturing into the smart TV business. Xiaomi has been in this game for some time now, while OnePlus is also gearing up to launch its own smart screen product. Honor, an independent smartphone brand under Huawei Technologies, started teasing its own smart TV device late last month. What makes Honor’s TV so interesting is that it doesn’t run Android TV, but rather Huawei’s new Harmony OS. That makes the Honor Vision the first device with Huawei’s new Harmony operating system.

    Harmony is a microkernel-based OS, like Google’s Fuchsia OS, and it’s described by Huawei as a “distributed OS” that can run on multiple device types including smartwatches, televisions, smart displays, car kits, and more. It can also run on smartphones, but Huawei isn’t ready to ditch Android just yet because the company doesn’t want to destroy its relationships with its partners and they aren’t ready to compete with the Android ecosystem.

    The Honor Vision is the first device to run Huawei’s new Harmony OS. Since this is a TV, the UI is adapted for a large screen. Honor describes the Harmony OS UI as “magazine-style.” The OS has integrations with multiple local Chinese services and will serve as a hub for multi-device interactions when other Harmony OS devices are released.

    Screencasting uses the DLNA or Miracast standards so a dedicated app is not needed for casting. Honor says that low-latency casting (between 50-100ms) is possible, enabling screen sharing for games. You can also beam media content straight from your phone with Huawei Share

    The Honor Vision TV is powered by the new 28nm Hongjun 818 chipset, developed by Huawei’s HiSilicon in collaboration with Baidu. The chipset is optimized for outputting high-quality audio and video which is critical for the operation of a smart TV. It has 2 ARM Cortex A73 and 2 ARM Cortex A53 CPU cores, and a 4 core, 600MHz Mali-G51 GPU that supports H.265 4K video playback at up to 60fps and H.265 1080P video playback at up to 60 fps. The chipset also supports 64MP image decoding, HDR, noise reduction, super-resolution upscaling, MEMC (Motion Estimation/Motion Compensation), DCI, local dimming, and more imaging features. Baidu’s involvement brought improvements to the far-field voice commands used for the YOYO smart assistant, powered by the Hi3516DV300 NPU in the chipset.

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Huawei’s new OS isn’t an Android replacement… yet

    If making an Android alternative was easy, we’d have a lot more of them. Huawei’s HarmonyOS won’t be replacing the mobile operating system for the company anytime soon, and Huawei has made it pretty clear that it would much rather go back to working with Google than go it alone.

  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Why The U.S. Will Win The China Trade War

    The ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China has intensified to full pitch, and the likelihood of a compromise is fading fast.

  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    US Treasury just designated China as a currency manipulator, so expect more economic shocks

    The U.S. Treasury has just taken the extraordinary step of designating China as a currency manipulator, something no administration has done since the days of Bill Clinton.

  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    US Commerce Department adds 46 Huawei affiliates to entity list

  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    This week in Huawei – bipartisan legislation introduced in Congress would authorize the spending of $1 billion to enable rural and small wireless providers to replace networking equipment from Huawei Technologies, ZTE, and other Chinese companies that present a national security risk. The bill is similar to one passed by the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee in July. Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei said Thursday that the company is making 5G base stations without any American components. He added that Huawei is willing to license 5G technology to a U.S. company to alleviate security concerns. Skyworks Solutions and Qorvo stand to lose business with Huawei, even if the Trump administration ends its ban on American chip companies doing business with the embattled Chinese company, according to Susquehanna Financial Group. Those two companies offer radio-frequency semiconductors, often used in smartphones. Meanwhile, the government of Norway said it would not prohibit Huawei from being involved in the equipping of its 5G wireless networks, a stance that puts the country at odds with the U.S. Finally, Huawei’s chief financial officer returned to a court in Vancouver, B.C., saying her human rights have been violated since she was detained by Canadian authorities last December, following a request by the U.S. government. Meng Wanzhou is fighting her extradition to the U.S. to face criminal charges.


  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Raymond Zhong / New York Times:
    Huawei says its overall sales were $86B, up ~25% YoY, as smartphone shipments grew 26% YoY, to 185M+ units between January and September 2019

  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Huawei Telecom Gear Much More Vulnerable to Hackers Than Rivals’ Equipment, Report Says
    Top U.S. officials say research confirms fears of risks, but report stops short of accusing the company of deliberately building flaws into system

  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    “At its heart, the anti-Huawei campaign is a fraud. It is being sold to us as part of the trade war or as a strike for cybersecurity, but it is really part of a military-strategic cold war strategy that most Americans would reject if it were presented to them honestly.”

    Part 2: Let’s have an honest conversation about Huawei

  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Huawei tunnustaa, että Androidin korvaamiseen menee vuosia

    Huawein oma tuleva käyttöjärjestelmä on nimeltään harmony, mutta kestää vielä vuosia, ennen kuin siitä on korvaajaksi ja kilpailijaksi Androidille. Asian kertoi Financial Times.

    “Yes. We have to find alternative solutions for that ecosystem, but it’s going to take some time to build. There are so many Android users in Europe and south-east Asia, and they’re so used to these Google applications on top of Android phones.”

  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Li Tao / South China Morning Post:
    Inside Huawei’s response to the US trade ban, as the Chinese company remains the world’s top telecom equipment supplier 180 days after being put on a blacklist

    Huawei defies the odds to lead global telecoms market after 180 days on US trade blacklist

    Strategies that include a sharper focus on its home market have helped Huawei stabilise the ship through the trade ban

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  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Paul Thurrott / Thurrott:
    Report: Huawei’s latest Mate 30 handsets do not include any American parts; Huawei also says its 5G networking gear is now “America-free”, thanks to the US ban — Here’s one thing the U.S. government might not have considered when it banned Huawei from doing business in the country …
    Huawei’s Latest Smartphones, Network Gear are “America-Free”

  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Emily Birnbaum / The Hill:
    House passes Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act, barring FCC from funding federal purchases from Huawei, other telcos deemed national security risks

    House passes legislation banning government from buying Huawei equipment

  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Huawei reportedly got by with a lot of help from the Chinese government

    For those following Huawei’s substantial rise over the past several years, it’ll come as no surprise that the Chinese government played an important role in fostering the hardware maker. Even so, the actual numbers behind the ascent are still a bit jaw-dropping. Huawei reportedly had “access to as much as $75 billion in state support,” according to a piece published by The Wall Street Journal on Christmas Day.

    Many leaders have also raised concerns over use of Huawei telecom equipment, as the company looks to be a linchpin in a global 5G rollout.

    Due to such perception and central role in U.S./China trade tensions, it’s no surprise the company was quick to deny any such ties. Huawei has, of course, been hampered by a U.S. trade ban that has barred the use of U.S.-originated hardware and software.

  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Brenda Goh / Reuters:
    Huawei’s Rotating Chairman Eric Xu estimates the company’s 2019 revenue grew 18% YoY to $122B, says it shipped 240M smartphones, but forecasts “difficult” 2020 — SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Huawei Technologies on Tuesday said its full-year revenue would likely jump 18% in 2019 to 850 billion yuan …

    Huawei’s 2019 revenue to jump 18%, forecasts ‘difficult’ 2020

  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Senator unveils bill to stop the US from sharing intel with countries
    using Huawei 5G
    Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., introduced legislation this week that would
    prohibit the US from sharing intelligence with any country allowing
    Huawei to operate 5G technologies within its borders. If such
    legislation passed, it would have a major impact on US foreign policy,
    as well as business for the Chinese telecom giant.


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