Huawei is a Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment and consumer electronics manufacturer, headquartered in China. They currently stand as the world’s second best smartphone brand as per market share next only to Samsung and above Apple.

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Since last year, two of the world’s biggest economies are locked in a trade war that is sure to affect the global marketplace. There have also been security issues with Donald Trump accusing Huawei of “spying” on the US. Due to all this Huawei situation has been pretty shaky for the last few months.

The United States believes Huawei is a security risk as it believes that Huawei has close ties to the Chinese government, which Huawei has already denied. The U.S. said that Huawei could potentially tap into and monitor sensitive U.S. communications through its network technology.

The United States said last week that it was adding Huawei to a trade blacklist as they felt that Huawei is engaged in activities that are contrary to U.S national security or foreign policy interest. This means that all the U.S. based firms are not allowed to sell anything to Huawei, unless they get special approval from the government.

One of the major implications of this action results in Google not allowed to sell Huawei its Android operating system anymore.

What happens to existing Huawei users?

If you already own a Huawei phone or one from its sister brand Honor its unlikely that you will receive any major Android updates from now on.

Google has confirmed it will not block security and app updates for existing Huawei devices. “We assure you while we are complying with all US gov’t requirements, services like Google Play and security from Google Play Protect will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device,” the official Android Twitter account wrote on Sunday, May 19.

The worst case scenario would be that all Huawei and Honor users would be blocked from using services such as Google Maps, Google Play, etc.

What happens to the future of Huawei?

The major issue will be that Huawei will no longer be able to use services of companies such as Qualcomm, Intel, Nvidia, Google, Microsoft, etc.
When it comes to laptops and personal computers, both software and hardware will be a big issue to solve. This is as most of the laptops and personal computers majorly use Windows as the operating system and chips from Intel. It will be difficult to imagine laptops and personal computers without these.

On the other hand, when it comes to smartphones hardware, it does not seem to be that big of an issue. Huawei has already started using their chips, displays, and cameras from companies which are not U.S based. Software may be a huge issue, as Huawei phones use the Android operating system. It seems almost impossible to image a non-Apple smartphone not running Android these days. The lack of Google software, security updates, apps make it seem impossible for a non-iOS phone to exist without Android.

What will Huawei do now?

According to some sources, Huawei seems to be developing an operating system of their own, which would be great if it’s good enough. I personally feel that it would be really great if we have another major operating system for mobiles along with Android and iOS. 

But it’s not going to be an easy task keeping in mind about how a huge tech giants such as Microsoft failed to compete with both these operating systems.


Cover Image Source: Nikkei Asian Review