Just this week, Google dropped the bomb on Huawei as it’s obeying the US government directives after Huawei was added onto the country’s Trade blacklist. Google and a host lot of other companies like Qualcomm, Intel, NVIDIA all joined in ditching Huawei. Now the biggest being Google’s Android and it’s other services.
Meanwhile, Google itself had been finding it extremely difficult to find it’s place in the Far East World most populous country. The year was 201 when the search engine giant pulled out of the Chinese market amid a citation made by the company’s co-founder Sergey Brin stating the country’s policies are “Totalitarian” which also includes censorship of the web.
Afterwards, Google had tried and failed in many attempts to sneak back into the Chinese market but it kept hitting the snag especially with Lawmakers and Human Right Advocates all screaming against the company’s dominance as well. Dragonfly, a censored search product for China, and an AI lab in Beijing have been particularly controversial.
So fast forward to the 15th of May when the Trump’s Administration upended the tech world by effectively banning Chinese most biggest Tech company, Huawei from doing business of whatever sort with any US company.
A host of US companies quickly heed to the government order among which are Qualcomm, Broadcom and Intel all ditching the second largest smartphone maker in the world just after Samsung and over Apple. Microsoft in fact removed Huawei’s MateBook X Pro laptop from its online store, an apparent reaction to the ban.
So Google was the biggest one because of the rate at which Huawei smartphones are now being adopted by people all around the world causing a big innovation and healthy competition among other smartphone makers. By the way, Google ditched Huawei…SAD! and said it would no longer have access to it’s services outside of China.
Services such as GMail, YouTube and the Play Store are the biggest services offered by the company which will be halted. But then the move was temporarily reversedon Tuesday after the US said it would issue a 90-day license for US mobile companies to figure out long-term solutions.
In comparison to other tech giants like Apple, Google’s biggest product/service, its search engine isn’t available in China and losing it’s business relationship with such a big deal in the Chinese market will definitely have it’s downside.
“They are walking more of a political tightrope than the other players are,” said Bob O’Donnell, president of Technalysis Research. “Google’s biggest money maker — search — isn’t there.”
Google declined to comment.
Although Google isn’t the only company blocked in China. Facebook too can’t render it’s services in the country even though it has a host of advertisers from China. Twitter as well can’t be accessed in China. (You can check whether a website is available in China with the Blocked in China tool.)
Just as Google had been tiptoeing around trying to penetrate the lucrative market for quite a while now, other tech giants are also trying the same according to O’Donnell. Dragonfly, the censored search product, would reportedly blacklist search terms disapproved of by the Chinese government, such as “student protest” and “Nobel Prize.” It also may have tied searches to people’s phone numbers.
When the news of DragonFly broke last year, it was filled with negative responses. Google even called the project off stating that it has no plan to launch the search service in China. When Google CEO Sundar Pichai was dragged in front of Congress last December, Dragonfly was a key topic in the grilling.
Google had also faced other backlashes over it;s AI Lab in Beijing which was opened in 2017. By March, Gen. Joseph Dunford who is also the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff accused the search giant works in “indirect benefit of the Chinese Military but even after the meeting between Google CEO, Sundar Pichai and Gen. Dunford was over, things wasn’t just over yet when it involved the US President, Donald Trump the same month while discussing Google’s relationship with China.
One can say Google is trying to distant itself from what Dunford said by quickly reacting to the early ditch but one cannot conclude as such since the US government was said to be with “Immediate effect” until Tuesday when a 90 days grace period was given. Now with the Huawei case, that might have just blown Google’s attempt or chance of entering into China away. “Google,” says Technalysis’ O’Donnell, “is in a particularly tough spot.” And concerning Huawei smartphone fans, like Me, we all hope things gets resolved soonest.