Google breaks with Huawei
Google has suspended businesses with Huawei that require the transfer of hardware and software products, except those covered by open source licenses, this decision comes after the government of Donald Trump included the Chinese company in a commercial blacklist, although in the case of Huawei the conflict is prior to the last tariff offensive because it extends to accusations of espionage.
What will happen to Huawei phones in the short and long term after Google’s announcement?
In the short term, security is the main concern.
Android regularly publishes updates that make phones safer from hackers and solve technical problems.
In the medium term, uncertainty is the main concern.
Applications that are updated through Google Play will continue to be updated for existing users. However, the operating system may not be available when the new Android OS is released later this year.
In the long run, problems are the main concern.
The company’s next generation of phones will most likely run on that operating system, which means that customers will have to make a tough choice: keep their Huawei phones and get used to the new operating system or switch brands and continue to use the operating systems we’ve always had.
On the other hand, it is not difficult to imagine the company investing its considerable funds and experience in creating an operating system capable of surpassing Android, since the mobile phones with Android operating system, in China, are already very modified and do not have Google applications.
“If we ever can’t continue using these systems, we have to be prepared,” said Richard Yu, one of the company’s CEOs.
Plan B: a new operating system.
Huawei has provided no further information about the operating system, but according to Global Times, it is already being tested and would “gradually” replace Android.
Even if it could create a new operating system out of nothing, the Chinese manufacturer would find it very difficult to convince potential buyers, as they would also run out of applications. And is that 70% of app downloads are made from the online store Google Play Store, by 22.6% of the Apple Store.
Huawei is the second smartphone seller in Spain, a position it has held since May 2015, only behind Samsung and leaving Apple behind. Almost one out of every three mobiles sold in Spain is from Huawei, which has a market share of 28%.