Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The Google Huawei Exodus

After a disappointing season of Game of Thrones, we come back to real life where the battle between Huawei and Google has left many thinking how it will affect them. The Trump administration taking the role of the Lannisters complete with incestuous feelings towards family members has made their move telling Huawei to pack it up as they won’t be receiving support from Google (Jon Snow and his army of the North) anymore.

But then again China is Arya stark changing faces and hitting where it hurts the most telling Apple you are in for a world of hurt and loss in 29% of your sales if this goes on. Amidst all this the Huawei users (People of King’s Landing) are still wondering how this will affect them.
This is such a 2019 thing to happen. A cold war between tech companies. There have been minor skirmishes between tech giants such as Samsung and Apple, but never something that will affect the users of a specific brand on such a global scale.

According to experts, the US market for Huawei was already quite cold, as Huawei being the second largest seller and producer of phones wasn’t really doing too well with Uncle Sam. The main concerns have risen for users in Asia and Europe, which is the bread and butter of the Chinese tech giant.

How will the Google Huawei ban affect Huawei phone users?

Like most phone companies, Huawei used Android OS on their phones, cloaking it with a “skin” giving the Android system a little bit of their own touch. Technically for users, this ban doesn’t mean too much as existing users will continue to be able to use the main features such as the Google play store, plus they will still be able to use the security features provided by Android.

This suggest that the recent Huawei P30 range, the next Huawei Mate 20 X 5G, and the devices released before these are going to do ok. The phones that are going to be released after these ranges including the upcoming Huawei Mate 30 range to be released on October, could bear loss of access to important Android services such as Gmail, Maps and the Play store.

Huawei phones which are in the safe zone

  • Huawei P30: P30 Pro, P30, P30 Lite
  • Huawei P Smart
  • Huawei Mate 20: Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20, Mate 20 Lite, Mate 20 X
  • Huawei P20: P20 Pro, P20, P20 Lite
  • Huawei Mate 10: Mate 10 Pro, Mate 10, Mate 10 Lite
  • Huawei P10: P10 Plus, P10, P10 Lite

For now, the US government being the benevolent people they are (obvious sarcasm) has provided ease on some restrictions. This means in the next three months, Huawei will be able to purchase US-manufactured goods and provide software updates on existing Huawei phones.

Google has been quiet on the matter, until their silence is breached, some Huawei devices will be safe for the near future.

Rouhan Siddiqui
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