In what is disappointing news for Huawei fans around the globe, Google has stepped out of its ‘relationship with Huawei’. This means that Huawei’s upcoming flagship series: the Huawei Mate 30 series won’t have a license to run Google Play Services and Google’s suite of applications that users around the world have become used to.
Earlier this month, the U.S. government that is run by the Trump administration had given an extension to Huawei’s business customers in America to switch to other suppliers. This extension, that now ends in November, had everyone hoping that the Mate 30 series would now run on Android with Google Play services. But unfortunately, this is not the case now.
This move won’t affect Huawei’s market in China as they never used Google Play services and apps in the first place. But unfortunately, this will severely affect Huawei’s operations in markets like India and Europe where consumers are highly used to and even dependent on Google’s services and apps. In fact, Huawei and Honor were actively making strides in these markets. Europe, a market that didn’t offer as much choice to consumers, received Huawei & Honor (amongst other Chinese players) with open arms.
But this doesn’t mean that Huawei can’t use Android any more. After all, Android is an open-source platform and Huawei can still make use of it and bundle it with its own app store and other services. ‘American’ applications like Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter that also can’t do any business with Huawei directly, won’t be able to publish their apps on Huawei’s App Store.
But according to a report by Reuters, a Huawei executive confirmed that if the US doesn’t allow them to use the Android OS ecosystem they will plan to develop its own ecosystem. The report also mentions that Huawei “plans to forge ahead with the launch of new high-end smartphones in Europe” which might mean that we could see HarmonyOS debuting on the Huawei Mate 30 series.
This new announcement by Google will severely impact sales of the upcoming Huawei Mate X and the Huawei P30 series. Not only does Huawei have to come up with an equally functioning alternative, but it also has to compete with smartphones like the iPhone 11, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and the upcoming OnePlus 7T Pro that all run on well-established operating systems.