Google has long had a complicated relationship with China. Getty Googles troubles in China now include Huawei.For years, the tech giant has been dogged by its relationship with the worlds biggest country.
In 2010, Google pulled out of the search market in China after co-founder Sergey Brin cited the governments totalitarian policies, including censorship of the web. Since then, Google has tried to tiptoe back into the huge and appealing market, only to draw the ire of lawmakers and human rights advocates.
Dragonfly, a censored search product for China, and an AI lab in Beijing have been particularly controversial.Now Google has to deal with another issue in the country. On May 15, the Trump administration upended the tech world by effectively banning Huawei from doing business with US companies. A host of tech giants -- Qualcomm, Broadcom and Intel -- reacted quickly, reportedly cutting off business with the worlds second-largest smartphone maker.
Microsoft removed Huaweis MateBook X Pro laptop from its online store, an apparent reaction to the ban.Google, too, reacted swiftly, saying that it would stop providing Huawei with customer support and that upcoming versions of Huaweis phones outside China would no longer get access to Googles Play Store app marketplace and its marquee slate of services, including YouTube and Gmail.
The decision was temporarily reversed on Tuesday after the US said it would issue a 90-day license for US mobile companies to figure out long-term solutions.
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.. 3:01 The ban highlights Googles unusual position. Unlike other tech companies, such as iPhone maker Apple, Googles biggest product isnt available in China. Losing its relationship with Huawei will only make it more difficult for the search giant to eventually enter the lucrative market.
They are walking more of a political tightrope than the other players are, said Bob ODonnell, president of Technalysis Research. Googles biggest money maker -- search -- isnt there.Google declined to comment.The search giant, of course, isnt the only tech company blocked in China. Facebooks service is blocked in China though it has advertisers in the country.
. Twitter cant be accessed in China. (You can check whether a website is available in China with the Blocked in China tool.)Still, few tech companies are as obviously eager to be part of the market.....