The tech world was shaken not long ago when an official announcement hit the internet that Huawei – one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers will lose its access to the Android operating system. It was revealed that after an exclusive order by U.S. President Trump, Huawei has been added to a trade blacklist by the U.S. Commerce Department. Thus, Google – the biggest American technological company had to take necessary action to comply with the government’s actions.
As a result, it was officially announced that Huawei will lose access to any updates on the Android operating system effective immediately. Further, it was announced that the future versions of Huawei smartphones will not have essential Google services and apps such as Play Store, Gmail, Google Maps, etc.
This certainly won’t be an issue to the Huawei market within China as Google services have always been inaccessible within the country. But, this definitely is going to affect the global market of the company. It is hard to even imagine an Android-based smartphone functioning normally without Google services and apps outside China.
WHY THE SUDDEN BLOW TO HUAWEI?
According to most recent data, Huawei is the smartphone brand with the second highest sales rate, whereas Samsung stands at the top with Apple in the third place. In a rapidly digitizing world, it isn’t a surprise to see powerful countries trying to mark their dominance. And so, some might see this as the start of a trade fight between two dominant countries.
On the other hand, there have always been many speculations. It is because China does not use any other technological service other than its own. There also have been many instances when the U.S. government accused Chinese technological companies. That is because of trying to steal consumer data and information as well as State secrets. Therefore, this could also be a step taken by the U.S. government to stop any kind of information leakage.
HOW WILL YOU BE AFFECTED?
If you are already a Huawei consumer outside China and is worried after this news then here is something that might give you a bit of reassurance. The day after the announcement, Google took things to its official Android Twitter account and stated that, “…We assure you while we are complying with all US gov’t requirements, services like Google Play & security from Google Play Protect will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device”. Now, this clearly means that the existing users won’t be highly affected by this ban.
However, the latest update as of 20th May 2019 from the U.S. Commerce Department states that existing Huawei devices will only get software updates for another 90-days. It means that Huawei will lose the ability to provide any software update to its existing devices. This will happen roughly after 19th August 2019. So, it seems to be like the Huawei consumers around the globe will have to wait and see what happens next. That is because of the next step of Huawei is yet unclear.
THINGS ON HUAWEI’S SIDE
Following the restrictions, Huawei has stated that they have always been ready to release an operating system of their own, in case of any ban on Android. So, it can be expected for their upcoming smartphones to have a newer operating system. But, how well the consumers will accept the change is a big question. As per the latest updates, Huawei has also stated that they are “working closely” with Google to come up with a solution to face this sudden restriction.
Reportedly, some of the major chip makers have also fallen in line with Google in cutting ties with Huawei in order to comply with the U.S. government decisions. Chip manufacturers such as Intel, Qualcomm and Broadcom have stated that they have frozen all deals with Huawei until further informed. Although these chips aren’t used in Huawei smartphones specifically, these are a must for the Huawei Matebook laptop series.
Whatever happens next, without a doubt this sudden blow is going to a bit of a hard challenge for Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.