Google Restricts Huawei’s Access To Android Operating System

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It has been reported that Google has suspended Huawei’s access to updates of its Android operating system and chipmakers have reportedly cut off supplies to the Chinese telecoms company, complying with orders from the US government as it seeks to blacklist Huawei around the world. According to the story, Chipmakers such as Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx, and Broadcom have told employees they will not supply chips to Huawei until further notice, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Oleg Kolesnikov, VP of Threat Research at Securonix:

en be able to source some of the advanced Intel, Qualcomm, and other components through other channels, strategically, it may be much more difficult to rebuild the user and application ecosystem, including Google apps, which is likely going to require significantly more time and effort to replace from a user adoption perspective. Additionally, it is important to keep in mind the possibility of further steps in light of the U.S.-China trade tensions as well as possible national security/cybersecurity implications, particularly those related to the software supply chain risks that were pointed out earlier by National Cyber Security Centre, GCHQ etc (HCSEC) report regarding Huawei products and the lack of proper software security practices, as well as the U.S. executive order issued by the President on May 15 declaring a national emergency with respect to the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain, which can also potentially result in significant additional impact beyond the recent actions.”



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