What does Google's ban on Huawei mean for its smartphone users?
Huawei has been blacklisted by the Trump administration. This trade ban will restrict the Chinese company from doing business with its US counterparts.
The US government has put Huawei Technologies in the list of companies blacklisted for trade. This is expected to not only impact the smartphone trade globally but also other services related to it. According to Google, there are about 2.5-billion active Android devices worldwide.
Huawei is China’s largest technology company and second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. Complying with the ban, Google has suspended services related to the transfer of hardware, software and technical services. Intel Corp, Qualcomm Inc, Xilinx Inc and Broadcom Inc have also suspended the supply of software and components until further notice.
But, here we will focus on what the ban looks like for the current Huawei smartphone user and the future Huawei consumers.
Don't be scared if you are using a Huawei device currently. For current users, services will not be affected. The users will be able to use and download apps provided by Google. Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will keep coming to the existing 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
But, if you are waiting for an Android operating system update, there might be some problem that could occur because of the ban.
Even though we don’t know the exact time, the ban will start affecting the services of Huawei. This also depends on the amount of stock the company has accumulated and the time it will take it to sell it off.
Google's operating system Android is available through open source license, Android Open Source Project (AOSP). This allows any user to download the software for free. But, users will not be getting updates for the operating system.
If you buy a device after the ban is properly in effect, your smartphone will not have apps like Google Play Store, Gmail, Chrome browser, YouTube, Maps and other apps provided by Google. As, unlike the Android operating system, these apps are proprietary and require a commercial agreement with the company.
Who will be affected the most?
China has its own set of natively developed apps by Tencent and Baidu that offer services similar to these apps. There are Chinese versions of Gmail, YouTube and other apps from Google. So, China will be the least affected, as the users will not be missing more than the Android software on their devices.
But, sales in other countries across the world will be hit by the ban. Also, recent reports suggest that Huawei has already developed its own operating system. This won’t completely stop the company, as it will bring its future devices with the new operating system.
Chip-making companies like Intel and Qualcomm have also put Huawei on hold. If the ban continues, the future Huawei device will not come with any chip that has been manufactured by an American company.