Senators say Google’s Huawei smart speaker plan put ‘profits before country’
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Three Republican senators want to hear more from Google after reports that the company was working on a Huawei-branded smart speaker. They are accusing the company of failing to take Americans’ privacy into account on the project.
The Information reported last month that the two companies were collaborating on a new product, but plans shuttered in May after the Trump administration imposed trade restrictions on Huawei. According to the report, the speaker would have been powered by Google Assistant and would respond to voice commands. The product was reportedly set for a September release and aimed at customers beyond China.
Now, senators with a history of sharply criticizing Google and…