Search giant says Huawei flagship will be affected by US ban
The continuing dispute between the US and China has caused some real problems for Huawei and its devices, making it hard for the renowned Chinese smartphone company to work with American companies such as Google.
Though things started improving recently when the ban was lifted for 90 days, Google has informed Reuters now that Huawei’s upcoming Mate 30 flagship smartphone “cannot be sold with licensed Googled apps and services”.
Huawei ban: Explanation
The reason behind it is that the US Government offered the reprieve only to the current products and deal partnerships that Huawei has with US companies. This means that any new product or deal would not be allowed for any kind of collaboration.
Though at present, there is no certainty on whether it will happen, Google may seek an exemption from the ban for certain products. Recently it was disclosed that over 130 such applications have been submitted to the US Commerce department. However, none has been granted yet.
Currently, Huawei is still believed to be the world’s second largest smartphone maker, falling behind Samsung. However, with the Google support in risk for its future products, it could hugely impact its place on the Western market.
A spokesperson for Huawei while speaking to Reuters, said the company “continue to use the Android OS and ecosystem if the US Government allows us to do so […] otherwise, we will continue to develop our own”.
Huawei has been working on its own operating system for a while, with Harmony OS that will be official in early August, but it would take significant effort for this substitute to reach the same stature of the Google ecosystem, that includes features like Google Maps, Photos, Gmail and others.
It is speculated that the Huawei Mate 30 range of smartphones will launch in late September but we’ll have to wait and see whether the US-China trade conflict causes any delays.