Huawei is in a huge turmoil and latest developments indicates that the chinese tech giant will be facing a harsh season ahead. Huawei is one of the most valued smartphone company in the world, with second place in worldwide smartphone sales.
Apart from this Huawei is also a forerunner in manufacturing telecom servers and is one of the leading forces behind the 5G adoption. But developments that happened a few months ago revealed Huawei’s smartphones and telecom equipment are potentially being used for espionage for the chinese government.
As a result of it, Trump administration in US has passed an executive order to bar companies in US from providing materials to Huawei, along with the restriction on using Huawei products. While the tech giant made clear that they have enough stock to continue production, Google has stepped forward and declared that they will suspend huawei’s android support.
Google‘s move has put the company under tremendous pressure since they wont be able to use Google Playstore and Play services in Huawei smartphones from now on. It also means that existing Huawei users will not be getting any android or security updates from now on. While Huawei will still have access to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), Google will not lend any support to the company in hardware or software developments.
Huawei has finally broken the silence on the issue by making the following statement:
Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry. Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally. We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.
As the turmoil continues, sources reveals that Huawei has been working on it’s own OS foreseeing this situation for a few years, and will be rolling out the upcoming devices with this OS. At the same time, reports suggests that Intel and Qualcomm will be following Google’s steps and will stop providing chips to Huawei. However, this will not be a major blow to the chinese tech giant, since they have their own HiSilicon chipset which are already deployed in several devices.
Another reports reveals that Taiwan has followed the steps of US government and has restricted the use of Huawei telecom servers amidst fear of espionage activities. The new events will surely make a huge negative impact in the overall business of Huawei worldwide.
And this is the official statement from Android regarding the situation explaining that the ban wouldn’t affect the existing Huawei/Honor devices:
For Huawei users’ questions regarding our steps to comply w/ the recent US government actions: We assure you while we are complying with all US gov’t requirements, services like Google Play & security from Google Play Protect will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device.
— Android (@Android) May 20, 2019