This week has been a bit of a roller coaster in the tech world as the US government’s trade war with China is starting to have quite the impact. At this point. Huawei has had its full Android license revoked by Google and according to reports, US chip makers are also going to stop supplying to the company.
According to sources speaking with Bloomberg, chip makers ranging from Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom, Xilinx and others will be freezing their supply to Huawei. Losing out on that revenue is expected to cost these US companies hundreds of millions of dollars in the long run, so the ban is a double edged sword that hurts both sides.
Microsoft is another major tech firm involved in all of this at the moment. Right now, the company is staying quiet on pulling Windows 10 access from Huawei, but reports suggest that Microsoft Store employees have already been pulling Huawei laptops from sale.
On the smartphone side, Huawei has been preparing for this outcome by developing its own alternative operating systems for some time. The company has also been stockpiling chips so that it can continue to meet supply demands for its currently released devices in the months to come.
KitGuru Says: We’ve been chatting with some industry sources and there does seem to be quite a bit of concern around the US-China trade relationship right now, even in the PC hardware space. Huawei is making a lot of headlines right now, but if this continues, there will be an impact on plenty of other companies that rely on the China, whether its for additional sales or manufacturing capabilities.