Huawei, which has long consolidated its position in the Spanish smartphone market by contesting with Samsung the leadership for units sold, is now suffering its biggest headache of recent times. Maybe its history. Everything since the executive order signed by Trump last week has crystallized in the veto by Google, which implies the breakdown of the relationship between both technologies and the consequent end of the phones of the brand with the Android that used so far and its access to Google applications (YouTube, Gmail, Maps, etc).
This schism, originated in the trade war between China and the United States and in which the Secretary of Commerce of the latter considers Huawei as “a threat to national security”, means that now there are many users of Huawei smartphones wondering not only if They can be done with other Huawei in the future, but also what immediate future awaits the terminals they already own. For all of them, we respond to the most frequent questions based on the information we have at the time of writing these lines.
Is my Huawei going to become a paperweight?
No. Both the system and all applications, including Google (YouTube, Google Maps, Google Drive, Chrome, Gmail …) will continue to work sine die in the same way as with any other Android market, as confirmed by the own Google. This also applies to the possibility of continuing to download applications through the Play Store.
Will I be able to continue updating my Huawei?
Yes and No. In an exclusive publication by Reuters. It is explained that the blockade is of immediate character for the support of all Huawei terminals, including those that are already in the mobile fleet. As explained in the original source:
“Huawei will immediately lose access to Android operating system updates, and the next version of its smartphones outside of China will also lose access to popular applications and services, including Google Play Store and Gmail applications, and Google will stop providing any kind of technical support and collaboration for Android and Google services to Huawei in the future “.
In the same tweet of the previous question, Google is suggesting this, when talking about “existing Huawei devices” with that nuance. However, one thing is Google’s updates, at the level of the operating system and native services, and another is the monthly security updates, which Huawei users will continue to receive.
Will I be able to use the Huawei warranty and technical support?
Yes. The company itself has explained that, in addition to the aforementioned security updates, it will also provide after-sales service to phones, tablets, and other devices both Huawei and Honor, both those already sold and those that are still in stock in stores.
Is it possible that the blockage be canceled and everything return to normal?
It is possible, but nobody can assure it and the only true thing today is the veto. A look at these almost three years of Trump’s government let us glimpse what is his usual pattern of behavior in similar cases: act with a very hard hand and strong measures and then sit down to negotiate having the pan at the handle. Of course, he could backtrack if he gets something that interests China, in return, but nothing is assured.
My phone is from another Chinese manufacturer, should I worry?
No. At least, at the moment. The blockade of Huawei has happened because of its recent addition to the Entity List, the same thing that happened to ZTE and that made it stop all its operations.
At least today there are no signs that other manufacturers such as OnePlus, its parent Oppo or Xiaomi will go through the same circumstances.
Without their names on the Entity List, there is no reason to think they can follow in Huawei’s footsteps.
What can we expect from Huawei from now on?
As for terminal launches, it is something that only the company knows and to which we have not been able to obtain an answer at the time of publishing this article. The alternatives that remain are:
- a) Market terminals with AOSP, the open and public version of Android, which does not have any of the applications and services of Google
- b) Commercialize terminals with their own operating system. An EMUI come to more that does not need Android’s underground layer to run? It would not be surprising: Huawei already advanced that has an ace in the sleeve in the form of its own Operating System that could be used in case the blockade arrived. The question is whether it can maintain its good sales level (it already sells one of every five telephones in Europe) with that plan B.
Huawei has prepared its own operating system and China invested to create its chip industry, but the commercial acceptance of Huawei futures without Google is unknown
In any case, the veto is not just Google at the software level. It also includes hardware transfers, and other companies such as Intel, Qualcomm, and Broadcom have also announced that they will follow the same steps as Google.
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This implies that Huawei, which manufactures its own processors and modems under the Kirin brand name and will be saved at least in part, will not be able to use components that it has required so far for other purposes. , such as the manufacture of its laptops, which use Windows (American company) and Intel processors (American company). The servers that Huawei manufactures, by the way, also use Intel processors.
A year ago, the People’s Republic of China already announced that it was also working on a plan B smelling the possible outcome that we now know: it was investing 47,000 million dollars in creating its own chip industry. The objective, naturally, was to cut the dependence of all the American companies that we have commented. We have no record that you have arrived on time.
Stay tuned to DIYSOMO for the latest developments in this regard.