At this time Huawei must be rubbing its hands with glee. If popular accusations in the United States and Europe pointed to Google for conducting a monopoly and for violation of privacy, now the US Department of Justice is preparing an antitrust investigation on Google, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The measure is surprising in this context since Google was the first company to abide by Donald Trump’s veto on Huawei, announcing that the Chinese company would no longer have access to Android operating system updates.
The new research (there was one in 2013) seeks to counteract the growth of the main technology companies that dominate key segments of the internet economy. In fact, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has argued that Facebook, Google and Apple should be divided through the application of the antitrust law.
Google’s earnings in the first three months of this year decreased by 29% due to an antitrust fine in the European Union. Google’s response is that it is working to satisfy EU regulators who investigate their Android devices.
Earlier this year, Google said it would offer mobile phone users five browsers and search engines, and not just their own, as part of the company’s effort to meet EU competition issues.
In recent months Brussels had accused Google of using the Android system domain of smartphones and tablets to promote the use of its own search engine, Chrome, and exclude rivals.
This whole scenario has a clear beneficiary: Huawei. At the same time as this is happening in the United States, China has decided to create its own blacklist of companies. And, we must not forget that the Asian giant has in its possession about a billion euros in United States debt.