Huawei appears to have permanently distanced itself from Google. The Chinese telecom and networking giant has confirmed that it won’t ever seek to integrate Google Services within its upcoming Android smartphones. The decision will be valid even if the Government of the United States of America ever lifts, suspends or relaxes the ongoing trade ban. The decision makes it amply clear that Huawei is not only standing firm but is also ready with working alternatives to Google Services or platforms like App Store, Maps, Messaging, and other core attributes that have come to define the Android OS ecosystem.
Huawei To Completely Drop The Idea Of Using Google Services Within Its Android-based Smartphones:
It is no secret that Huawei and a few other big telecom companies operating from China have been hit severely with the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China. These companies have had to go through several anxiety-filled months during which the U.S. administration banned them from working with American companies or sourcing from them. The ongoing trade war has hurt American companies that depended on Chinese manufacturers and suppliers as well.
Huawei has been routinely accused by the American government about poor software deployment practices as well as other outright attempts of espionage on behalf of the Chinese administration. Although the U.S. hasn’t had any concrete evidence supporting the claims of spying, the country has displayed extreme skepticism. Following the American ruling, several other nations openly questioned the rising use of Chinese technology, especially in the sensitive telecom sector.
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Huawei and a few other telecom giants have received some reprieve from foreign nations, who have agreed to use the Chinese-made hardware, but the scale has reduced substantially. This has strongly eroded business prospects.
Although the U.S. has continued to offer time-bound relaxation of the trade ban, it will not help Huawei in the long run, clarified the company. Fred Wangfei, Huawei’s manager for Austria, has now revealed that Huawei has absolutely no plans to use any Google Services. Interestingly, he added that the decision will remain valid even if the U.S. lifts the ban, (either temporarily or permanently) in the future. It is now clear that Huawei does not want to be dependent on U.S. technology. The apprehension and the subsequent decision are quite untestable simply because the company (alongside others) may get banned again in the future.
How Will Huawei Manufacture And Sell Android Smartphones Without Google Services?
Although the Android operating system has been primarily developed by Google, it is essentially an open-source OS that any device manufacturer, including telecommunications, networking, IoT, home electronics, etc. can use. There are three major components that Huawei needs to sperate itself from Google and other American companies: Hardware, OS and Apps. Incidentally, Huawei has been readying all three aspects.
Huawei revealed it was working on its very-own Smartphone Operating System. Although the OS may or may not be completely ready, Huawei has remained committed to the same. The company indicated that it is investing around $3 Billion in 2020 alone, for developing Huawei Mobile Services (HMS). As the name implies, the platform will be an alternative to Google Play Services.
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The HUAWEI HMS Core is a collection of open capabilities of Huawei mobile services that reportedly helps developers build high-quality apps efficiently. The company is also developing its very own App Gallery as an alternative to the Google Play Store. Huawei also reportedly signed a deal with a third-party navigation services provider to replace Google Maps.
It appears Huawei has diligently created a third smartphone ecosystem based on Android, but without Google’s services. It will certainly take some time for consumers and end-users to accept the change and adapt to the alternatives. However, Huawei’s premium smartphones have garnered a hardcore fan following just like Apple’s iPhone. Moreover, it has a huge consumer base in China and nearby countries. Hence its decision to completely ditch Google Services, despite sounding risky, does make sense.