Google fires first salvo at Huawei

By Edward Lim

It was only a matter of time before the spat between the US and China went up another level. And this week, Google joined in the fight by pulling out support for China’s world number 2 phone maker Huawei.By withdrawing software support for Huawei’s Android-based smartphones,  the search giant has put itself at the forefront of the trade war, which may just be the foretaste of things to come in the technology industry.

The subsequent 90-day reprieve by the US government is moot because damage has been done. The first shot has been fired. Huawei users around the world are reacting with many reportedly trying to trade in their handsets, and shops are refusing to take them because of fear of not being able to resell the sets.

Some reviewers who have been feted by Huawei and highly recommended the latest Huawei P30 Pro, which scores for its amazing 50x zoom camera, have apologised to readers who have bought the phones based on the reviews.

If anything, this move by Google triggered by the US government, has gotten the world on its feet and concerned about how the trade war will affect them.

Truth be told, it may not just be China and Chinese companies that will come out bruised from this tussle. US companies and consumers may be hit by the tariffs too and end up paying more for their purchases. After all, China is the world’s biggest factory.

It would be interesting to see how China reacts to this. Hopefully, there will be a sensible end to this war. Like Mahatma Gandhi once said, “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.”

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