Update 05/20, 9pm: Following last week's ban and Google's suspension of business operations with Huawei, the U.S. Commerce Department has issued a new waiver for the company to continue purchasing limited goods from U.S. companies for maintenance purposes. Under the 90 day waiver, Huawei will be allowed to purchase hardware and software services to maintain current infrastructure as well as provide software updates for existing Huawei Android devices. As noted by Reuters, however, Huawei is still banned from buying parts and equipment for manufacturing new devices – meaning that as things currently stand, the company can only keep building affected products until their stockpiles run out.

While the waiver itself is initially only for 90 days, it can be extended as necessary by the U.S. Government.

Update 05/20: Huawei this morning has responded to reports and the U.S. Commerce Department’s ban, issuing the following statement:

Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry.

Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally.

We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.

This answers one of the most important questions for the moment – what happens to support for current devices – however it remains to be seen what this means for new Huawei smartphones, particularly the Honor 20, which is launching tomorrow.

Original: According to a recent report by Reuters, sources claim that Google is to suspend some business operations with Huawei due to the U.S. Commerce Department’s blacklisting of the company earlier in the week on Thursday.

Huawei is said to lose access to non-open source software and services provided by Google, which in layman terms means essentially all Google services besides baseline Android. Losing access to the Play Store would be a major blow to Huawei’s mobile operations besides the Chinese market where Google doesn’t operate any services.

Huawei will continue to have access to the version of the Android operating system available through the open source license that is freely open to anyone who wishes to use it.

But Google will stop providing any technical support and collaboration for Android and Google services to Huawei going forward, the source said.

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  • wilsonkf - Monday, May 20, 2019 - link

    You are quoting Disposable Income, which is after tax. It is $3500 under current exchange rate.

    However this is a country wide average. The Average Disposable Income last year of its capital Beijing is $9000. Beijing ranks the third among all Chinese cities.
  • s.yu - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - link

    I don't remember whether that figure was after tax or not, not that it matters because the personal income tax threshold is CNY5000, even earning $1000 you pay minimal income tax, there's also a high VAT and other taxes on specific sales.
    OTOH, Beijing's had the vast majority of its industrial activity transferred to neighboring provinces, you get very few "average factory laborers" in Beijing simply because there are very few factories. Granted, any factory worker left in Beijing probably earns more than "average", but the price of commodities in urban Beijing also approaches that of major US cities.
  • RadiclDreamer - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - link

    Seems like someone has touched a nerve for daring question the great and powerful Winnie the Poo
  • Notmyusualid - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - link

    @ s.yu - sounds about right.
  • ZolaIII - Monday, May 20, 2019 - link

    Same could be said for Chinese social infrastructure where government provides a lot (food, education, yob, roof...) of things when you are pore & homeless. In US you get deported to concentration camp (Hawai). Try to look at some of Adolfs political speeches then compare it to Trump's. Freedom of speech when no one is listening doesn't worth a dime same can be said for the press which is already in the interest sphere. In China it's a same old political corruption but at the end no matter how much their stole it always comes back to state (owned property). Then there's racism which is very alive and kicking in US and non existence (in its primary form at least) in China. More examples could be made easily so don't think twice it's all right.
  • s.yu - Monday, May 20, 2019 - link

    "Chinese social infrastructure where government provides a lot (food, education, yob, roof...) of things when you are pore & homeless."

    I don't know where you got that idea but you're mostly wrong. This *could* happen only when 1.you're systemically poor i.e. you're poor because you live in a poor place in China that's underdeveloped, and 2. you're poor in the absolute sense, in the sense that you lack purchasing power for basic commodity, not that you earn little compared to the national average but it's in line with your local economy. It's part of the state's policy for economic development, and it could reach you, but whether or not it does depends on their progress.

    If you're simply a guy with a college degree who once succeeded in getting a low rank white collar job in a major city but somehow became unemployed and have trouble finding another job, the state gives you nothing. If you wander the streets, you won't be allowed to sleep under bridges like in the US, if you try to build some makeshift home it gets demolished as illegal squatting, you'll be caught and thrown back to wherever your Hukou sits. That's why there are few slums in China, most people who fail in major cities get thrown back to rural areas where they're out of sight of "city people" and the international community.

    Despite what the Party claims, China practices state capitalism. The party calls itself Communist and calls its policy Socialism, but it's capitalism. As far as I can recall, China has defaulted at least twice on its old age pension system, meaning you don't get nearly what you're promised when they claimed your contributions, when you start collecting payments, this has already happened twice (of course any report about the topic is banned from the media, but it's not sensitive enough that academic articles are also banned) and current projections indicate that it's set to happen a third time. You should think that government filthy rich like China's should do a bail-out and give the poor retired seniors what they were promised, but no, China remains dedicated to commercial subsidies and international investments rather than making good on its promises to its citizens.
  • ZolaIII - Monday, May 20, 2019 - link

    Well still better than getting sick, losing a job, not being able to pay your bills & ending up homeless. Sure you will get your social check but if you agree to move to Hawai.
  • s.yu - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - link

    "Well still better than getting sick, losing a job, not being able to pay your bills & ending up homeless"
    You need to reread the post, nothing guarantees that you won't get sick, won't lose your job, will be able to pay your bills and won't end up homeless.
    Getting sick in China is serious and somebody like the example above will not get covered by state insurance, that's only for people who's Hukou is located in certain major cities. Not that rural citizens don't get insured at all but their plans are basic and *any* major illness could destroy a family.
    When you lose your job, I should have been more specific, if you've worked at least a year in that position and meet some other criteria, you may claim ~850CNY a month for up to a year without employment, but you will certainly starve to death on that amount, much less pay your bills.
    The only reason the above example usually wouldn't end up homeless is that there's a high chance he has family where his Hukou sits he could fall back to, and he could probably help out as a farmer, that's the only reason, not that the state ensures employment if you would just cooperate with the relocation.
  • Notmyusualid - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - link

    @ s.yu - I like you. Well informed & honest.

    I've been to China twice already this year, and will be back in China end of June. Wish me luck. It certainly tests my patience.
  • s.yu - Monday, May 20, 2019 - link

    "Try to look at some of Adolfs political speeches then compare it to Trump's."
    And try to look at some of Adolf's policies, then compare it to Xi's.
    LMFAO. The suppression of dissent and encouragement of citizens to report disloyalty or in fact anything not "positive energy" is much like the era of the Gestapo, or Red Guards.

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