Google Huawei smart speaker halted by Trump trade policies

The project was due to be unveiled in September

Google Huawei speaker suspended

According to a report by The Information, the world just lost another smart speaker. The website claims that Chinese tech company Huawei and Google were working together on a new Huawei-branded smart speaker, but the project was halted when President Trump restricted Huawei’s access to US tech suppliers by putting the company on a trade black-list.

The report, which cites “people familiar with the matter,” says the speaker was due to be unveiled at IFA in Berlin this September, and was targeting markets outside of China, which recently over took the US in smart speaker shares.

Like Amazon, Google has partnered with a variety of companies to include its voice recognition technology and AI voice assistant in devices that are not manufactured by them. The most recent product is a smart alarm clock by Lenovo, another Chinese manufacturer, released earlier this year.

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