Published on May 21st, 2019 | by Abdullah Sulehri0
Will Huawei Survive Without Google?
Restrictions on Huawei
Recently Google has revoked Huawei’s Android license following US government’s executive orders. Huawei won’t be able to trade with any US-based company anymore. It will not only impact Huawei but will also affect many US citizens who may lose their jobs. Huawei purchased components worth $70 billion for its products last year, including $11 billion from U.S. businesses which is quite a huge amount.
Huawei’s Backup Plan
Interestingly it was not an unexpected move, Huawei has been preparing for it for a long time. Huawei’s homegrown OS is known as “HongMeng OS”. Chinese companies already have 43% of the global Smartphone market share, such restrictions can force them to create an alternative to the Android operating system. Huawei is the world’s second-largest smartphone seller, with Samsung on the first position and Apple behind it.
Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei scoffed at the orders on Saturday, telling Japanese media in Shenzhen, China, that the company would be “fine” without U.S. components.
“We have already been preparing for this,” Ren said.
Huawei has responded by sending an email to “The Verge”
“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 that have been sold and that are 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.”
Huawei Not Deprived of All Google Services
Google has already clarified that the Huawei customers will retain their access to the Play Store and will be able to receive application updates. The only constraint Huawei users will face is lack of Android OS updates from Google.
Huawei will also not be able to do business with other US-based vendors including Qualcomm. But it may not impact Huawei much as a major proportion of its smartphones use chipsets of its subsidiary HiSilicon.
The wavier of this imposed restriction will only be
possible after resolution of US-China trade dispute.