Huawei is dominating the tech news again but for the wrong reasons this time.
Somewhere in May, the US government issued a ban that prevents US companies from supplying hardware or software to the Chinese tech giant. As a result, companies including Intel, Qualcomm, and Google have been forced to stop selling components and software to Huawei.
The new ban will have a significant impact on anyone using a Huawei device, regardless of where they live.
THE US BAN
Early May this year, the US government banned Huawei from, US companies from supplying hardware or software to the Chinese tech giant, according to Bloomberg.
President Trump’s administration accused Huawei of being a front for Chinese spy activities. There’s no evidence that Huawei is a vehicle for Chinese spying, but the rumors have been going on for a while. The result has been a fairly tense relationship between the US and the company.
However, the company is one of the most visible Chinese brands operating outside China. And the Trump government has been trying to bring China and the US into a trade war. It’s possible that this latest move by Trump administration is an extension of that policy.
However, in a fascinating twist, Microsoft has said nothing about whether it will stop Huawei from using Windows to power its laptop lineup.
Indeed, the biggest hit yet to Huawei happened in the form of the Huawei Mate 30, which along with the Huawei Mate 30 Pro has been launched without access to Google’s apps or services. That includes the Play Store, and Huawei has confirmed that side-loading it won’t be possible.
What does the ban mean if I have a Huawei phone?
According to Huawei, it is not the end of the world. The company’s founder and CEO, Ren Zhengfei, said that the ban “may slow growth, but just slightly.”
Also, it is worth noting that the Huawei Mate 30 range is the first Huawei handsets to be heavily affected by the ban, as you won’t be able to access Google software or services on them.
Even security patches will only be offered once they’re made available to Android open source (which is what the phones use), meaning they won’t be offered as fast as you might hope.
Huawei phones appear as less viable for consumers because of the ban. There’s little point buying a phone that isn’t going to get access to the software updates its needs to function.
Has the ban on Huawei been lifted, as at November 2019
Trump administration has now decided to lift the trade ban on Huawei and that means it can once again use Android legally on its devices. Huawei’s current smartphone ecosystem is based on Android – whether itis a flagship device or a common device
With the ban slated to be removed, Huawei can continue to support its existing devices and use the good-old Android for its phones.
Huawei also said their own operating System is in processing, which they named HarmonyOS.