Huawei: Google begs US to let it work with Chinese firm

by Jerry

Google is asking the United States to let it collaborate with Huawei. While the Chinese group is implementing alternatives to do without Google's services, the Mountain View firm has reapplyed for a license with the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Google has not yet drawn a line under its partnership with Huawei, report our German colleagues in Finanzen. According to Sameer Samat, vice president of Google Play and Android, Google recently filed a new waiver application to work with Huawei after the U.S. government.

Since November 2019, Washington has been licensing certain firms wishing to collaborate with Huawei. Long promised by Donald Trump, these waivers allow Huawei to purchase "non-sensitive goods" from companies based on U.S. soil.  Unsurprisingly, most applications for licenses are routinely denied by the Trump administration. So far, only Micron has obtained a waiver from the United States.

On the blacklist since May 2019, Huawei is without an Android license. The firm no longer has the right to integrate Google's apps and services into its new smartphones. If accepted, the waiver required by Google should allow the Chinese group to reinstall Google Mobile Services in its phones. When questioned by Finanzen, Sameer Samat did not reveal when the United States will rule on the licence application.

Read also: Google advises 20th to install apps on Huawei and Honor smartphones without Android license

Huawei highlights its alternative to the Play Store

In the event of a refusal (the most likely case), Huawei will have to rely on its own alternatives. At a conference, the Chinese firm recently unveiled details of its alternative to GMS, Huawei Mobile Services. This suite of apps includes AppGallery, the alternative to Google's Play Store.

While Google is begging the United States to lift some of the sanctions, Huawei is focusing on the potential of its alternatives. "AppGallery is one of the top three app stores in the world, serving more than 600 million Huawei device users in more than 170 countries/regions with a rich selection of global and local applications," Huawei said in a statement on February 24, 2020. The group does not hesitate to present its app store as a complete alternative to the Apple Play Store and App Store. With its Chinese alternative, can Huawei do without its partner, Google? We are waiting for your opinion in the comments.

Source: Finanzen

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