On May 16th, Huawei was added on U.S. Department of Commerce entity list which restricts them from doing any business with U.S. companies. The biggest headline from all this is Google. Following the directive. Huawei does business with Google when it comes to smartphones that run on Android software. Google complied by pulling down its license to use their Android mobile operating system forcing them to use the open source version.
A day after the ban United States’ Department of Commerce granted a temporary exemption that will see Google working with Huawei for the next 90 days to ensure its customers have access to software, apps and security updates. The 90-day exemption expires on August 19th, 2019.
Now where the whole fiasco is that what will happen to Huawei users after August 19, 2019. Just to clear the air a bit, Android is open source operating system, you don’t need a license to use it. So, Huawei could opt for it but it is not ideal at all since its far from the version Google uses. Because it does not include; Google Services; Gmail, YouTube, Play Store, Drive among others which are so crucial.
Even though Huawei says that it has its own app store they called App Gallery as its seen on a limited smartphone. Huawei Users right now should start working on backing up everything they have under Google Apps and Services i.e. Contacts, Photos, music, data uploaded in Google Drive by to mention a few or rather to have another Android-powered phone just in case of cases.
In a report, Huawei said, “it saw its reliance on Google like a bad thing and resorted to developing its own mobile software, ‘Hongmeng’ that will support Android apps. So that is how we think the future phones will run or survive. But the market will be totally affected. Already its market is affected.”
The worst case here is that most Huawei users in other continents expect in China relied on Google Apps especially your messengers like WhatsApp, Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, Netflix, etc. Also, there is doing to the security risk for Huawei users since it won’t be receiving a security patch updates from Google. Huawei Users should keep hoping for the best to come out from the US so that they lift the ban for Huawei but l doesn’t see that happening soon. The only bet for Huawei users is to opt for third app apps which are not on Play Store or if Huawei could let its users install custom ROMs on their devices.
Let us just hope that the HONGMENG will be big and better than Google’s Android or Huawei will have to negotiate with the US to do business with US companies.
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