Huawei is now the world’s No. 1 telecom supplier and No. 2 smartphone maker. But it might not last long because of the trade war between China and USA.
Last week, the United States added Huawei to the ‘Blacklist’, which means that companies in the US cant do business with Huawei without a licence from the government. Reuters claim that Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing.
In a statement, Google said it was “complying with the order and reviewing the implications”
Owners of current Huawei smarthphones with Google Apps will continue to be able to use and download apps updates provided by Google, a Google spokesperson said.
“For users of our services, Google play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices”, the spokesperson said without giving further details.
However, new versions of Huawei smartphones are also set to lose access Google’s popular services, including Google Play Store, Gmail, Facebook and Youtube applications. A source said, Google will stop providing Huawei with access, technical support and collaboration involving its propriety apps and services.
The official Android twitter account also posted a similar statement:
For Huawei users' questions regarding our steps to comply w/ the recent US government actions: 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.
— Android (@Android) May 20, 2019
In the short term, this could be very damaging for Huawei. Smartphone shoppers would not want an Andriod that doesnt have full accessed to Google’s Play Store, its virtual assistance or security updates.
In the long term, though, this might give Huawei a determination and motivation to work harder on improving their app gallery and developing other software assets, this also give other Smarthphone vendors a reason to consider the need for a viable alternative to Google’s operating system.
Even so, this move would knock their ambition to overtake Samsung and become the best selling smartphone brand in 2020 off course.