Of Tech And Politics
HWM Singapore|December 2019
If there’s been one thing that stood out for the tech world in 2019, it would be how technology was caught up in politics. Most famously, how the United States of America directly interfered with the sales of products from a single company. That product is Huawei’s Mate 30 series of smartphones, in case you haven’t heard.
Marcus Wong

The US government claims that Huawei has ties with the Chinese government, and so any equipment it produces can potentially have secret backdoors that would allow for spying. Thus, Huawei – one of the world’s largest telecommunications equipment providers – has been placed on the Entity List, which means the company will need special licences to access products and services from US suppliers like Google.

As such, the Mate 30 Pro is shipping without Google Mobile Services (GMS). So even though it’s running the latest version of Android – Android 10 Open Source – many don’t consider it to be an “Android” device. Never mind the fact that you can still access Gmail, Google Maps, and Google Drive through a browser just like a PC. The worry is that other apps which draw on aspects of GMS will stop working.

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