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Updated on May 20, 2019
Huawei has released an official statement saying that the already sold Honor and Huawei devices and existed stock of devices will be supported with updates and security patches. It is also being said that the Honor 20 launch event will happen as per the schedule. The statement can be referred to as below:
“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.”
Original Post: May 20, 2019
The US-China trade war is escalating with each passing day and Huawei’s weekend has got further spoiled. Earlier today, Google was forced to announce that it will restrict Huawei from using Android and all popular Google applications to comply with the order.
Three of the World’s largest chipmakers Intel, Qualcomm, and Broadcom have also announced that they will comply with the US government’s block on Huawei being able to do business with US companies. These restrictions come in place with immediate effect and leave Huawei, World’s second-biggest smartphone maker, beleaguered and forced to develop its own version of open-source Android. Though there have been rumors that Huawei has already developed its own custom mobile operating system.
Huawei, on the other hand, has not responded on the issue yet. Honor, a Huawei group company, was supposed to launch its new flagship Honor 20 series tomorrow in London
Google’s spokesperson has said that current users of Huawei’s smartphones will be able to continue to use and download apps from Play Store. “For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices. Huawei will only be able to use the public version of Android and will not be able to get access to proprietary apps and services from Google,” said Google in a statement.
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The sanctions came into place after the Trump Government signed an executive order to blacklist Huawei and its 68 affiliates. This is the same sort of list that ZTE found itself in 2018 and was subsequently removed after paying hefty fines. However, as of now, Huawei cannot buy any components, parts or software from US companies without the US government approval.
The US has time and again blamed the Chinese company for spying and has raised questions on its ownership. As per the US, Huawei is controlled by the Chinese Government. Though it is not just the smartphones, Huawei's cellular infrastructure and components are in question as well. In the US itself, a lot of small and regional carriers may face issues and will have to switch hardware as they've been using the Chinese company's equipment, which is by fast the most advanced globally and economical too.
Huawei has repeatedly stated that has been readying itself for such an action for a long time and has got its own Operating system in place to counter this. The company also uses in-house chipsets made by HiSilicon and is not dependent much on the US companies for components for smartphones at least. The company is also said to have built a stockpile of chipsets and components for its computer and server businesses, ahead of this ban. It is said that Huawei has at least 3-month of stock and hopes that the issue might be resolved within this timeframe.
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Though this ban will surely dent Huawei’s reputation and may slow down its progress, however, if the company is forced to come out with its own operating system, it will eat up a major chunk of pie off Android’s market share. Even a company like Google might not want to lose a big piece out of its market share and may not like to see a competitor OS as big as iOS in terms of sheer size.
Mobilescout has reached out to the officials in Huawei and Honor to get an official statement. We will keep this story updated as we get official insights.