Following the blacklist of Chinese tech firm Huawei by the Trump Administration Google has followed by restricting Huawei’s access to its Android Operating system.
This, therefore, puts Huawei’s long-term plans in jeopardy as Huawei whose goal is to be the top smartphone brand by 2020.
Following this announcement chipmakers such s Qualcomm, Intel, Xilinx and Broadcom have insisted they won’t supply to Huawei until further notice.
Huawei will still have access to the version of Andriod that’s available through the open source license.
Google stated consumers who already own Huawei smartphones will largely be unaffected for now.
The ban severely puts a threat to the Huawei’s supply chain and could delay possible the release of 5G services all over the world.
The Chinese tech firm said it has been working on its own operating system for about 3 years now.
Most of Google’s most popular products — like Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps — are banned in China, where Huawei offers domestic alternatives like Tencent’s (TCEHY) WeChat and Baidu (BIDU) Maps.
“Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices,” the spokesperson added
Huawei has been building an alternative operating system just in case it is needed,” said Huawei spokesperson Glenn Schloss. “We would like to be able to continue operating in the Microsoft and Google ecosystems,” he added.
The company, which is the world’s second largest smartphone vendor based on shipments, said it will continue to develop a safe software ecosystem for its customers across the globe.
Huawei will also extend the support to Honor, a brand of smartphones it owns. Nearly 50% of all of Huawei’s sales comes from outside China, research firm Counterpoint told TechCrunch.
Here’s the statement in full:
Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world.
As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry,
Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products covering those have been sold or still in stock globally. We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.
The Android-maker is complying with a U.S. Commerce Department’s directive that placed Huawei and 70 of its affiliates on an “entity list” that requires any U.S. company to gain government approval before doing business with the Chinese tech company.
Moreover, when customers start finding out that Huawei can’t get Google’s ecosystem on their phones, “it will affect trust, they will question if anything is wrong with the device,” she added.
Even if customers were able to independently download Google apps on Huawei phones, the phones may still not have access to so-called Google Mobile.