Huawei, being one of the leaders in smartphone and telecom manufacturing, has found itself in trouble recently. The US government has accused the company of spying for China and banned all American businesses, including Google, from cooperating with it. Will the Chinese corporation be able to survive this ordeal unharmed, and what are the implications for users of its products?
The issues of the renowned smartphone manufacturer concern not only large corporations who are in partnership or competition with it. Millions of Huawei users across the world are thinking about the implications the ongoing disputes may have for them.
Huawei smartphone and telecom products issues
The Chinese technological giant experienced great success in 2018, with its revenue increasing by 19.5%. However, 2018 was also the year when all the troubles the company is facing now began. Particularly at the beginning of 2018, we heard the first claims about security issues of Huawei products, which later led to a full-blown campaign of the US government against this technological manufacturer.
In February 2018, Chris Wray, the Director of FBI, expressed his concerns about the security threats posed by Huawei and ZTE. His fears were based on the fact that the companies are controlled by the Chinese government and that their products can potentially be used for spying on other countries.
Following this statement, in May 2018, the Pentagon prohibited distribution of Huawei and ZTE mobile phones on US military bases across the world. This decision was justified by eliminating the possible threat of the Chinese devices “to Department’s personnel, information and mission.”
On May 15, 2019, President Trump ordered the American companies to terminate any cooperation with foreign corporations whose products may pose a threat to national security. This means that US businesses cannot use any telecom technology produced by such foreign corporations. The American firms also cannot provide these corporations with any parts used in foreign devices or sell services to them. Though the President did not mention Huawei directly in his order, this ban is aimed at the Chinese company, taking into account the recent history of accusations coming from the US government toward the technological giant.
Following the presidential order, Google, ARM, and retailers announced the termination of their cooperation with the Chinese corporation. However, on May 20, the ban was temporally lifted, meaning that the American companies can continue doing business with the technological giant until August 19. This short reprieve means that there is still a chance that the US government and the Chinese smartphone manufacturer will find common ground.
Implications of Google and ARM terminating cooperation with Huawei
Considering the fact that Huawei smartphones run on the Android OS owned by Google, Google’s decision to stop selling its services to Huawei will have a great impact on the Chinese company and its devices. First of all, devices produced by the Chinese giant will no longer get Android updates. Second, users of such phones will have no access to Google Play and such Google products as Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, and Chrome.
Though ARM is a Japanese company with headquarters in the UK, it has also decided to stop cooperating with the technological giant for fear of losing its favour with the USA. Considering that the smartphone manufacturer uses ARM chipset designs for its products, losing such a partner may affect the company greatly. However, the latest Kirin 985 chipset will likely not fall under the ban. It implicates that the Chinese company will be able to produce at least one more line of smartphones.
Do Huawei technologies have any chance of survival?
Though the problems the corporation is facing now seem very serious, the company has good chances to live through the ordeal. The fact that Google will no longer be supporting the foreign devices does not mean that the Chinese corporation cannot use the Android Open Source Platform (AOSP), which is free for anybody to use. However, the technological giant will still need to substitute the apps and services that will be no longer available.
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Impressively, the corporation announced that it has its own operating system under development. Actually, the Chinese developers have been working on it for the past seven years. The company claims that the new platform will be introduced somewhere between the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020.
As for ARM, their actions and decisions will affect the foreign company only in a relatively distant future. Reportedly, the corporation holds a permanent license on key ARM products. This means that the Chinese manufacturer will be able to use ARM chipsets for all its devices for a quite long period of time.
What are the implications for Huawei phones users?
Google is fast to calm the existing Huawei users. It claims that the company will continue supporting the existing Huawei technology. This also applies to Huawei Honor and its current models. Thus, if you own a device produced by the Chinese company, you do not have to worry that it will stop receiving system updates or that you will no longer have access to Google services.
Will you be able to purchase Huawei mobile phones next year in Nigeria?
As for buying new Huawei smartphones in Nigeria next year, we are pretty sure you will find many models available in retail. According to the manufacturer, devices that are currently in stock are free of any sanctions. Furthermore, taking into account the technological might of the Chinese giant, it will be able to produce new devices without the support of foreign businesses.
Currently, Huawei is under severe pressure coming from the USA. It has found itself in a crossfire between the US and the Chinese governments. Even though the company has resources to survive and thrive under the sanctions, it counts on renewing friendly relations with the American government and regaining its positions on the US market. Although the technological giant has a plan B under its sleeve, Huawei hopes to reestablish its cooperation with Google, ARM, and other long-term partners.
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