Huawei has been facing a lot of problems lately because the US government has imposed a ban on all America-based companies on continuing business with the Chinese smartphone maker. Right after the US trade ban was imposed, Google stopped its business with Huawei, which means that the smartphone maker no longer has access to Android and other Google services that are vital for the proper functioning of any handset.
The search giant was followed by Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom and even ARM, which UK-based, but manufactures some of its chips in the United States. This really spells trouble for Huawei, as a majority of the chipmakers and the owner of Android has refused to continue their association with the company. While Huawei has said that it has tried to resolve its matters with Google, the California-based technology giant is sticking to its decision because maybe it is in its best interest to do so.
Abraham Liu, Vice-President for the European Region at Huawei, has finally broken silence on what the company thinks about the US trade ban. He said, “Huawei is becoming the victim of the bullying by the U.S. administration. This is not just an attack against Huawei. It is an attack on the liberal, rules-based order.”
When Google announced its decision of halting business with Huawei, a spokesperson from the company said, “We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications. For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices.”
The future devices from Huawei will not get the support of Android updates or popular Google services. The Chinese smartphone app will only be able to use the public version of Android. It will lose all access to proprietary apps and services from Google. The open source license of Android is known as the Android Open Source Project (ASOP) and it is available publicly.
However, we should mention that Huawei has been developing its own technology as a backup plan in case it was blocked from using the Android platform. It has also reportedly stockpiled enough components from US companies to last from three months to a year. May the company did foresee the ban by the US government.
While stockpiling may help it in short-term goals, it is not a permanent solution. They will run out of the stock one day and it is nearly impossible to produce smartphones without all these US-based technology companies.
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