China Trade War: Android to Block Huawei Smartphones

  • Huawei barred from Android operating system updates
  • US declares a state of emergency over IT threat
  • Tensions escalate in US-China trade war

On May 20, 2019, the United States government added Huawei mobile to the list of companies that cannot be traded without a license, and Google has complied to this effect. However, Huawei has promised to continue providing security updates of their products as usual.

Trade war a poor deal for Huawei users

Currently, existing Huawei smartphone users can update their apps and get security patches and updates for their google play services. Unfortunately, the next Android version, which is scheduled for next year may not be accessible with Huawei devices.

Ren Zhengfei, Huawei’s chief executive officer, gave his first comment on the matter to Japanese media this Saturday, telling them that they had been expecting this from Trump’s administration and added that the company will now start its own production of accessories.

Several states have condemned Huawei citing that its products are being used by China for surveillance purposes. Huawei has strongly denied these allegations saying that the company has nothing to do with the Chinese government; hence, its work should pose no danger or threat. Even so, some countries still have ended up blocking the use of Huawei products in their telecommunication companies.

Contrary, the UK is still adamant on the matter and has not issued any formal ban.

“Huawei has been working hard on developing its own App Gallery and other software assets in a similar manner to its work on chipset solutions. There is little doubt these efforts are part of its desire to control its own destiny,” said Ben Wood, from the CCS Insight consultancy

Trade war grows colder

The US-China trade war has affected the global economy in recent years, making businesses and investments unstable. Hence, now in this case of Huawei, smartphone users may not prefer a phone without access to Google Store, and this could make vendors consider an alternate smartphone brand that is not affected by the trade war. Although Huawei claims to have already prepared their own operating system, this move could still compromise their ambition of becoming the bestselling smartphone by 2020 ahead of Samsung.