As a result, Huawei will not be able to use many of Google's Android services on future devices, thus being limited to basic open source Android software. This move is for Huawei.Mobile phoneUsers have little impact because they still have access to Google Play services and applications, but this will undoubtedly have a significant impact on future users of Huawei.
In a statement, Google said: "We are following orders and reviewing impacts. For our service users, Google Play and its security features will continue to run on existing Huawei devices.
Over the past 18 months, the United States has been stepping up pressure on Huawei, such as preventing operators from selling Huawei mobile devices and lobbying its allies to join in banning the use of Huawei's network devices. Last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce put Huawei and its 70 affiliates on a trade ban list.
Of course, this also means that Huawei is limited in purchasing important hardware components from Intel, Qualcomm and Broadcom (and, according to some reports, chipmakers elsewhere). But the news that Google will limit its core Android services and functions is more noteworthy than that, because it has a direct impact on Huawei and its sub-brands. Huawei may lose early access to future Android updates, which means it will extend the customer waiting period for new Android features.
Huawei assures its customers through various channels that it intends to continue to support all existing smartphones and tablets without affecting product services and experience. But the statement did not mention future equipment.
"Huawei has made a significant contribution to Android's global development," Huawei executives said. As one of Android's major global partners, we have worked closely with its open source platform to develop an Android ecosystem that benefits both users and industry.
Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services for all existing Huawei and Glory smartphones and tablets, covering all products sold and still in global inventory. We will continue to build a secure and sustainable software ecosystem to provide the best experience for Huawei users worldwide.
Although Huawei mobile phones cannot be officially sold in the United States, such restrictions have not hampered sales growth elsewhere. According to Huawei, smartphone shipments exceeded 200 million units in 2018, a third increase, and will soon replace Samsung as the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer.
But Google's move to restrict Android on Huawei devices will undoubtedly lead the smartphone industry to a fragmented blockbuster.
Huawei has not indicated how it plans to circumvent future "Android barriers". But in any case, it may have to start building its own independent Android version for the international market. At the same time, Huawei's app store may not be able to access popular Google applications, such as maps, YouTube, Gmail and so on. In fact, Huawei's huge challenge will be to continue its global growth without relying on Google.
But perhaps most importantly, it does not bode well for other smartphone manufacturers that rely on Google's support for Android systems to sell their phones. At present, the ban is limited to Huawei, but anything in the future could lead the United States to target other smartphone manufacturers, whether they develop network infrastructure or whether they are "the second Huawei". What Huawei encounters should be a wake-up call for more enterprises, especially Chinese ones.
Don't be surprised if this move leads consumers to switch to mobile phone manufacturers'autonomous systems and infrastructure. It's not just a problem for a Chinese mobile phone manufacturer, it's not just Google's problem for Huawei, it's a sign that cooperation stops and closures start. No one was spared when the iron curtain fell.