It was really a shocking news for all the Huawei users ,that US government blacklisted the tech giant Huawei. But,was that expected by Hauwei? Lets understand the situation briefly , before we discuss the consequences for the Huawei users.
On 2019 May 16, the US government blacklisted Huawei Technologies Company ,stating that the company is a threat for information security of both US citizens and US government. The executive order summarize that, the US companies can no longer proceed any trade or transaction with Huawei. That means, Huawei will no longer will get any support from the software and hardware companies like Google,Qualcomm,Intel,Nvidia etc. If a special emergency case occurs ,the companies can trade with Huawei , subjected to the prior approval from the US federation.
Even though the official reason for the ban is the information security concerns, there are reports clubbing the US ban and the 5G networking technology. Huawei has already build such a strong lead in 5G technology, that can easily replace most of the existing advance networking technologies. By blacklisting Huawei,US government is warning all the other countries about the chances of spying the information by the Chinese company. This may restrict Huawei equipment to enter the 5G technology globally as a pioneer leader. The accusation about the information security is strongly denied By Huawei.
Huawei’s reply to the digital world on the US ban
” Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefited both users and the industry.
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.”
What happens to the existing Huawei and honor users?
The latest news of 90 days delay on the implementation of the ban, has given a breathing time for Huawei and its users. All existing Huawei and Honor devices will get android operating system(OS) updates till August 29. After which, there won’t be any updates for the android OS in such devices. In this 90 days, Huawei can also stock the hard wares from US companies for the future services of the existing devices.
Most disappointing part of the ban is that, no brand new Huawei and honor devices will have google service supported android OS. This will be a speed breaker for the 2nd largest smartphone manufacturer in the world.
What to expect after August 29?
Scenario 1- Revoking of the executive order for the ban: Most of the US companies including google are interested in continuing the healthy relation with Huawei. Google has already handed over a report stating that, without Google’s android neither google nor the US government will be able to discover whether Chinese government access the OS. That means, if Huawei sets up a different OS without google services, then google will no longer be able to track the information shared to devices with such OS. These reports may trigger US government to revoke the executive order for the ban and everything will run as normal as before.
Scenario 2-Proceeding with the open source android project : Even after the ban, the new Huawei and honor devices can use android operating system available through an open source license. But, this android OS will not be allowed to use the google services such as you tube,gmail,play store etc. This will directly put the tech giant in the back foot and they will be degraded in the smart phone market, at least for few months. Tech world is not expecting Huawei to proceed with this option, as it is not a permanent solution.
Scenario 3- Introduction Heawie’s Hongmeng/Arc OS:Introduction of a new OS will the perfect and permanent solution for the current crisis. Haewei would have been expecting a similar move from US and had already started the project for the new OS in the starting of 2018 itself.The new OS will known as Hongmeng OS in China and as Arc OS in rest of the world.The toughest hurdle for the new OS will be Making the existing android Apps to be compactible with new Arc OS.There are also rumours that, the new Huawei M30 series will be luanched with ARC OS by the end of october 2019.
The tech world is waiting for a new era of 5G technology where the networking speed is 10 to 100 times better than the 4G. Will this ban delay the global establishment of 5G networking ? Lets see , how the global leaders in networking handles this crisis.