Technews: Google "kill switch" Huawei's global smartphone ambition

May 20, 2019 | Monday



Google's decision to withdraw the license on the Android mobile operating system of Huawei impacts the Chinese tech giant and its aspirations to be the top smartphone brand worldwide.

The U.S. tech company suspended its business activity with the Chinese tech giant that includes hardware transfer, software transfer, and key tech services.

The U.S. technology conglomerate decisions mainly caused by Washington's decision to include Huawei on its "Entity List," wherein American firms are required to have a government license before selling their product to the Chinese company.

As a result, Huawei is no longer licensed to avail Google's Android operating system, including all the services it offers. The Chinese tech giant, as of now is able to use Google's public version of its operating system, via Android Open Source Project. That also means in the future, Huawei future devices will not have Google services in which users expect to form Android devices.

On Monday, according to Google's spokesperson, the company are just "complying " with the government's order. Google address its users that Google Play and security protections coming from Google Play Protect are to continue working on currently existing Huawei devices.

The tech conglomerate's decision has been a huge blow to Huawei. The company hugely rely on Android for its smartphone devices sold outside of China. In China, the tech company uses a modified version of Android in which doesn't include pre-installed Google apps.

According to Canalys, during the first quarter of 2019, Huawei's smartphone shipments and international market outside of China is at about 49 percent of its overall. The Chinese tech giant is the second-biggest smartphone brand around the globe.

Recently, the Chinese tech giant laid its goal to be the top player among smartphone products by 2020. However, Google's recent reports put a huge dent on Huawei's goal.

For the Chinese tech giant's part, it says it has been looking forward to such a scenario. During March, the tech company said it developed its own operating system that can be used on its consumer products if the time comes that it is not allowed to use Google's and or Microsoft's.


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