The trade war between the US and China reaches a new peak as the U.S. Department of Commerce put Huawei on the "Entity List", which prevents US firms from selling parts to Huawei without approval from the US government.
As a result, tech firms are dropping Huawei like a rock. The first big news item was Google revoking Huawei's Android license and halting its access to Google Play Services and the Play Store. Huawei will still be able to use the open-source version of Android, and existing devices will continue to be able to use Play.
The Verge adds that Intel, Qualcomm and Broadcom are also cutting ties with Huawei, and even German chipmaker Infineon Technologies adopted a cautious attitude:
According to Bloomberg’s sources, employees across the major US chipmakers have been informed that their companies will freeze their supply deals with Huawei until further notice. Intel provides Huawei with server chips and the processors for its laptop line, while Qualcomm figures less prominently in providing modems and other processors. Huawei’s actually quite well insulated from the Qualcomm impact, as it builds its own mobile processors and modems. Another Bloomberg report suggests Huawei has also been preparing for this eventuality by stockpiling chips from US suppliers to last it at least three months, which should be enough time to tell if the current measure is a scare tactic or a permanent imposition from the US government.