So by now you might have heard about the carry on about Chinese tech giant Huawei getting caught up in the US/China trade war.
With the US Administration placing a trade ban on Huawei, US companies are unable to do business with the embattled hardware provider including Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom and others. Most notably is Google that supplies the Android operating system and access to the Google Play Store.
Huawei has released a statement in response to the ban:
“Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally.
We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.”
Doing my best to unpack this statement tells me that existing owners of Huawei smartphones will get security updates with maybe a Huawei-built operating system for future models.
Google’s take on the ban can be found in this statement:
“We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications. For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices.”
So what does this mean for Huawei fans?
Right now, nothing but in the months to come we may see existing phones lose access to the play store as Android is updated which could effectively cripple the phones to basic functions.
I speculate that after that we may see Huawei roll out it’s own operating s
ystem and App store but when is anyone’s guess.
With continued international pressure on the 5G rollout and now this trade ban, I do not feel confident with recommending Huawei until this stand off is resolved.
If you are in the market for a good cheap smartphone you could not do much better than the Google Pixel 3a.