World’s second-biggest smartphone maker, Huawei was barred from getting some updates to the Android operating system. The ban comes after Trump’s administration US-China trade war added Huawei to a list of companies that American firms cannot trade with unless they have a license.
This Ban is a major blow to the company and active users of Huawei’s Smartphones after Huawei according to IDC Q1 of 2019 Huawei saw an increase in shipments by 50%, moving 59.1 million units and securing 19% overall market share which made the Chinese company settle at the 2nd in smartphone company shipment.
What implications does this ban have to existing Huawei smartphone users?
According to Google, they will be able to update apps and push through security fixes, as well as update Google Play services. But when Google launches the next version of Android later this year, it may not be available on Huawei devices.
What can Huawei do about this?
Huawei’s Chief Executive Ren Zhengfei told Japanese media on Saturday that the company has already been preparing for this. Reports also said that Huawei has been working hard on developing its own App Gallery and other software assets in a similar manner to its work on chipset solutions. There is little doubt these efforts are part of its desire to control its own destiny.
Huawei has an advantage to this ban because its smartphones are already powered by its own proprietary processors and it also means that Huawei can easily move on developing their own operating system.