The close relationship between Google and Huawei was fractured by the veto imposed by the U.S. Government. The Chinese manufacturer not only relied on Android, but also worked with Mountain View’s company on a smart speaker.
Huawei was developing a loudspeaker with integrated Google Assistant. This device would have debuted at IFA and would later be marketed in the United States and other countries. The information was provided by an employee of Huawei.
A loudspeaker with Google’s integrated assistant would have been key for Huawei to position itself in a competitive market in which Amazon, Apple and Google meet. The Chinese company had already announced the AI Cube in 2018, a device similar to the original Google Home that has support for Alexa and 4G connectivity.
The problem for Huawei is that an intelligent device activated by our voice would also have been a pretext for accusing the Chinese company of possible espionage. The supposed relationship between the manufacturer and the government of that country has been used as a banner by the United States to block the implementation of 5G networks.
While the collaboration with Google on this device is closed, Huawei could focus on perfecting his Xiaoyi smart assistant, a project that has been in development for several months. The technology has already implemented it in its AI Speaker – a clone of the HomePod – as well as in its most recent mobiles.
Huawei’s plans to gain market share in the world of smart speakers may have to wait. The veto on the technology has not been lifted and according to the United States, the Chinese company is still on the “black list”.