Huawei's temporary license to trade with US companies just expired a few days ago following extension after extension, but the Chinese manufacturer is in for even more trouble. The US Department of Commerce and Department of State have announced that they will further restrict access to US technology and add 38 additional Huawei affiliates to the entity list.
Huawei receiving a trade ban from the United States over concerns about spying was one of the most important technology events last year, but its full ramifications have yet to take effect. The U.S. Commerce Department has repeatedly granted companies temporary 90-day licenses to continue selling components to Huawei, which have been renewed time and time again. However, the most recent license has now lapsed, potentially placing the company in further trouble.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors power a lot of Android phones these days, but there are some exceptions. Huawei's tiff with the US government cut the Chinese company off from chip suppliers earlier this year, leading the company to investigate other sources. Now Qualcomm is asking the Trump administration to alter the restrictions placed on Huawei so it can sell more 5G Snapdragon chips.
If you'd told me Huawei would rise to be the world's biggest smartphone vendor this time last year, I would have laughed you out of the room, and yet here we are. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit many companies very hard, but Samsung's decline has been steeper than most as many of its key markets are suffering. Meanwhile, Huawei now sells 70% of its smartphones in China, whose economic recovery has been relatively swift in recent months.
We've extensively reported on OEMs that needlessly kill useful background processes to save battery life, creating problems like missed notifications and alarms, aborted sleep tracking, broken upload schedules, and more. While all of these issues are annoying, they're not exactly life-threatening. However, as soon as we're talking about coronavirus tracing apps, missed exposure notifications could put you or others at risk, and it looks like that happened to the German COVID-19 tracking app, which hasn't been able to alert some people due to background restrictions.