Huawei smartphones that were doing more than good in the smartphone market, already number one in Asia and in the US market, it was on its way to the world throne of the mobile industry.
And it was precisely in the United States where the tragedy has been forged because Donald Trump and his cabinet had already been warning him for a long time: Huawei and ZTE are not welcome and exports of technology or components to Chinese manufacturers were to be limited to the shadow of suspicion.
Yesterday the veto to Huawei was confirmed by the Trump administration, which has forced the American technological giants to suspend business with the Chinese company leaving Huawei without Android license or Google service, without support for future updates and without components that have North American origin.
President Trump is thinking it will surely have consequences in the short term for Huawei seeking to become the biggest phone maker globally long – term basis for a market that will certainly be resent before or after a war commercial at times worsened and, however, does not seem to benefit anyone.
The question is now clear and thousands of users are doing it, what about our Huawei smartphones?
Do not panic, do not throw your Huawei in the trash!
The first thing that happens with our Huawei smartphones is that nothing happens – or almost nothing – at least at first, and that both Google and Huawei have already confirmed that smartphones sold to date will keep their license and access to Play Store without any problem.
So, calm in the short term as Huawei phones will continue to work as usual, and also continue to update with the security patches to keep us as safe as possible from vulnerabilities now and in the near future. This is a very important detail confirmed by Google, and that will save us many worries.
Yes, the loss of the Android license and the blocking of Google services will be applied from now to future Huawei smartphones, preventing access for example to new versions of the Android operating system and compromising the global sales of the Chinese giant.
Google’s announcement has been clear, stating that Huawei will not be able to access applications and services owned by Google and will only be able to use the public version of Android, giving them a scenario similar to that of the Chinese market where Google’s services are not accessible and Use proprietary or third-party services for basic functions such as email or maps.
But that, the first thing is not to panic, since the short answer to what will happen with our Huawei smartphones is that, for now, nothing will happen. Only that they will remain anchored in Android 9.0 Pie and without future possibility of accessing new versions or Google services, but with security updates and access to Play Store and other services as up to now.
The Consequences of the Decision will go Beyond our Huawei Smartphones
The veto of the government of Donald Trump to Huawei does go beyond our smartphones and will have major consequences, and is that the Chinese giant not only sees its relations with Google but also with Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom and basically any US company can sell them or transfer technology of their property.
A commercial war that leaves Huawei without key components such as chipsets, processors or modems for their smartphones, laptops and other devices, something that will only affect them partly considering that the Chinese manufacturer already had proprietary components, for the most part, courtesy of its subsidiary HiSilicon.
This entry of Huawei into the “commercial blacklist” of the United States also puts at risk the deployment of 5G networks and is that Huawei is a technology partner of many of the major operators worldwide as a supplier of latest network equipment technology.
The US government has long sought to impede Huawei’s massive control of 5G networks, alluding to suspicions of industrial espionage by China through its technological giants. The latter is something that since Huawei has always denied sharply, giving rise to think of measures only aimed at intensifying a trade war that Trump has waged since his arrival in the White House.
Huawei Responds by Defending Himself, but What Options are left to the Chinese Giant?
Huawei’s response was not long in coming, and in statements to The Verge this morning the company based in Shenzhen remembered their contributions to the advancement of Android worldwide promising also to maintain the after-sales support of their terminals.
So, what we said is that in the short term the smartphones and tablets of both Huawei and Honor will continue to receive security updates and support for Google services, including the globally distributed stock that can continue to be sold without problems and with all the guarantees of access to basic Android services:
The biggest problem for Huawei is the future, and the next step of a giant of the smartphone market that depended, like most, of the Android operating system globally will be key.
However, not all is so bad for Huawei, and it is that for them it will not be new to stop using Google services as it is not for any Chinese manufacturer and that in their home market is already prohibited access to main services of the search engine signature.
Since Huawei had already claimed in the past that they were working on limiting their dependence on Android with the development of a proprietary operating system, which could now enter the scene under the EMUI brand or a new one as an alternative that could even reach smartphones from other manufacturers.
Many have been the attempts drowned by the binomial Android /iOS, from Sailfish OS Jolla to Firefox OS, through a webOS relaunched for Smart TVs and even the Windows Phone option of a giant like Microsoft who never got to understand smartphones.
Huawei was already working on limiting its dependence on Android with the development of a proprietary OS, although they could also opt for a ‘fork’ using AOSP
Be that as it may, Huawei has the potential of its experience and a solid hardware base, as well as a huge number of users that could serve as a shuttle if it was possible to replace Android with a new OS in its current terminals Honor and Huawei, something that would be key next to a store of reliable, safe apps and with a good amount of applications and games available.
The other option for Huawei will be to use the open source Android version, using the AOSP base to prepare a fork with its proprietary services or other third-party services , something that Amazon already tested with Fire OS and that even an illustrious the platform as Cyanogen tried to get in his day with his well-known ROM, now unfortunately gone.
It is difficult to know how Huawei will proceed now, but we assume that the first thing will be to try to negotiate some kind of agreement before taking false steps. The deck of options is nevertheless open, and solutions are for a veto that will have important consequences in the advance of the market, with a Huawei Mate X on the near horizon that promised a lot and for now it has run out of software.
Si3 Digital Agency wishes good luck to Huawei to overcome this obstacle and look forward to its success in the global market.