Richard Yu, CEO of the Huawei Consumer Business Group presents the Matebook X Pro laptop, ahead of the Mobile World Congress (MWC 19) in Barcelona, Spain (Reuters)
Richard Yu, CEO of the Huawei Consumer Business Group presents the Matebook X Pro laptop, ahead of the Mobile World Congress (MWC 19) in Barcelona, Spain (Reuters)

After Google, will Microsoft block Windows updates to Huawei laptops?

  • Last week, the Trump administration added Huawei to its "entity list" which means American companies cannot provide tech to Huawei without government permission
  • Seven Windows laptops are listed on Huawei's global website, out of which the Matebook X Pro and Matebook 14 were launched this year

After Google, Microsoft may take a call on Windows 10 updates to Huawei laptops, the media reported on Monday.

According to TechRadar, the tech giant has declined to comment on whether they would continue in this role, saying "we have nothing to share."

Seven Windows laptops are listed on Huawei's global website. Two of these (the Matebook X Pro and Matebook 14) were launched earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 at Barcelona.

Some speculations suggest that the Chinese electronics major might just switch to Linux-based operating systems.

Last week, the Trump administration added Huawei to its "entity list", which means US-based companies cannot provide technology to Huawei without gaining government permission.

Google has already announced to block Android updates for Huawei and chip makers Qualcomm and Intel have said they can no longer provide chips to the Chinese giant.

Google has barred Huawei from some updates to the Android operating system, dealing a major blow to the world's second-largest smartphone seller.

It also means loss of Android licence for Huawei, forcing it to use the open source version of the operating system.

However, the US Department of Commerce on Monday created a temporary general licence allowing Huawei to restore its ability to maintain existing networks and provide software updates to existing Huawei handsets.

Huawei said it would continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products. It covers all the devices sold as well as in the stock globally.

US stocks also fell on Monday, as Washington's crackdown on China's Huawei Technologies stoked fears about a hit to the broader technology sector and ratcheted up trade tensions between the world's two largest economies.

American suppliers of Huawei, including Qualcomm, Micron Technology and Broadcom Inc, fell between 3% and 5%, while the Philadelphia Semiconductor Index slid 2.9% to its lowest level in over two months.

Meanwhile, Indian telecom regulator Trai on Monday said the issue of whether India needs to take a stand on Huawei is a "larger question" and that it is up to the government to take a call on the matter.

With inputs from IANS, PTI and Reuters.

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