Huawei, which has long consolidated its position in the smartphone market in Italy by removing Samsung’s leadership in units sold, is battling its biggest headache in recent times. Perhaps its history. All since the executive order signed by Trump last week crystallized in Google’s veto, which implies the breakdown of the relationship between both technologies and the consequent demise of the brand’s phones with Android it has been using so far and its access to the Google applications (YouTube, Gmail, Maps, etc.).
This schism, born in the trade war between China and the United States and in which the latter’s trade secretary considers Huawei a “threat to national security”, means that now there are many Huawei smartphone users who are wondering what immediate future awaits the terminals they already own.
For all of you we answer the most frequently asked questions based on the information we have at the time of writing these lines.
Will my Huawei become a paperweight?
No. Both the system and all applications, including Google (YouTube, Google Maps, Google Drive, Chrome, Gmail…) will continue to work indefinitely in the same way as any other Android phone, as confirmed by Google. This also applies to the ability to continue downloading applications through the Play Store.
Will I be able to continue updating my Huawei?
Yes and no. In its exclusive published by Reuters it is explained that the block is of an immediate nature for the support of all Huawei terminals, including those that are already in the mobile fleet. As explained in the original source:
In the same tweet as the previous question, Google suggests this when it comes to “existing Huawei devices” with that nuance. However, one thing is Google’s updates, at the level of the operating system and native services, and another they are monthly security updates, which Huawei users will continue to receive.
Will I be able to use Huawei’s warranty and technical support?
Yup. The company explained that, in addition to security updates, they will also provide after-sales support for both Huawei and Honor phones, tablets and other devices, both already sold and those that are still in stores.
Is it possible that the Google block is canceled and everything returns to normal?
It is possible, but no one can guarantee it and the only real thing today is the veto. A look at these nearly three years of the Trump government suggests what his usual behavior is in similar cases: act with a very hard hand and strong measures and then sit down to negotiate with the knife on the side of the handle.
Sure, everything could go back to normal if he gets something from China in return, but nothing is guaranteed.
My phone is from another Chinese manufacturer, should I worry?
No. At least for now. At least today there are no signs that other manufacturers such as OnePlus, its parent Oppo or Xiaomi will undergo the same procedure.
What can we expect from Huawei from now on?
As for terminal launches, that’s something only the company knows about and to which we haven’t been able to get an answer at the time of this article’s publication. The alternatives that remain are:
a) Market terminals with AOSP, the open and public version of Android, which does not have any of Google’s applications and services installed
b) It sells the terminals with its own operating system. An EMUI that doesn’t need Android’s underground layer to work?
It wouldn’t be a surprise: Huawei has already advanced the fact of having an ace up its sleeve in the form of its own operating system that could be used in case the block is confirmed.
The question is whether it can maintain its good level of sales (it already sells one in five phones in Europe) with that plan B.
In any case, the veto isn’t just for Google at the software level. It also includes the sale of hardware and other companies such as Intel, Qualcomm or Broadcom have also announced that they will follow the same steps as Google, in addition to Western Digital, Micron Technology or Infineon Technologies.
This means that Huawei, which manufactures its own processors and modems under the Kirin brand, will be at least partially saved, but may not use components previously required for other purposes, as for laptops, which use Windows (American company) and Intel (American company) processors. The servers that Huawei manufactures, among other things, use Intel processors.
A year ago, the People’s Republic of China had already announced that it was also working on a Plan B that we now know: it was investing $ 47 trillion in creating its own chip industry.
The goal, of course, was to cut dependence on all the American companies we have named above.