The ongoing US-China trade war has severely impacted several companies, but Huawei Technologies is by far the most affected. There is a ray of hope, however, for the Chinese smartphone and telecommunications giant. The U.S. has just lifted the ban on Huawei. But does this mean upcoming Huawei and its sub-brand Honor smartphones will continue to have Google’s Android as its default Operating System?
In a surprising turn of events, Huawei’s addition to the US trade block-list has been temporarily lifted. This essentially and effectively means the Chinese company can openly and legally work with Google, Intel, Qualcomm, and others. However, Huawei’s future outside China, especially in the United States and the rest of the world, continues to remain uncertain.
Following President Trump’s ruling over the company, which saw Huawei added to the US trade block-list, Google decided it won’t support the Chinese company (or its sub-brand Honor) smartphones and tablets. What this basically means is those future devices would not be able to run Google apps and services. In simple words, core Google services, which are vital to the smooth operation of any device running Android, won’t officially work on Huawei-made devices. If that’s not bad enough, Intel and Qualcomm have also committed to stopping supplying parts to Huawei until further notice.
Huawei has now received a ray of hope in the form of the addition to the US trade block-list been temporarily halted. Sadly, the ban has been suspended only for three months. To be precise, the U.S. ban has been temporarily lifted only until 19 August. Given the rapidly changing scenario, there’s no certainty that the ban will be reinstated or permanently scrapped.
The relaxation of the ban doesn’t impact the existing Huawei smartphones, tablets, laptops and devices that run on Android. Google is committed to providing continued support for these devices. The company clarified that “users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices.”
Essentially, any Huawei devices, including the recently launched Honor 20, Huawei Mate 20 X 5G, foldable Mate X, and any other devices that have already cleared the Google Android certification are safe. These devices will continue to receive support; including security updates, possibly even Android Q. But the same cannot be said for Huawei Mate 30 and any other unconfirmed Huawei devices.
Incidentally, Android is an Open Source OS. Moreover, there’s an Android Open Source Project (ASOP) as well. If that’s not enough, Huawei has clearly hinted it is developing its own OS that will independent of Android and even Microsoft’s Windows. However, none of the platforms will be the same without Google Play Services, which include, Google Play Store, YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps and other important components.