Huawei doesn’t seems to be leaving the news anytime soon as it’s the biggest phenomenon in the world of tech so far this year. The Chinese largest smartphone maker and the biggest telecom manufacturer in the world is losing it’s strength and thanks to the Executive order in the United States that effectively ban the partnership between any US company and Huawei.
Huawei had the ambition of ousting Samsung from being the number one largest smartphone maker on planet Earth by 2020 but that ambition might keep getting shattered considering the fact that most of the biggest tech services and architectures used by Huawei are US based.
When Google temporarily suspended it’s business partnership with the company by withdrawing it’s Android license, we thought Huawei might bounce back considering rumors about the company planning to build it’s own operating system that could potentially be ported to work with it’s laptops but then all hell broke when Chip designer, ARM joined Google, Microsoft, Intel, Broadcom and a host of others. In fact, Huawei got suspended from the Wi-Fi Alliance and SD Association which makes it very hard for Huawei to really bounce back too soon considering how well integrated these services and products are to modern technologies.
US President, Donald Trump had then made it simple that reuniting Huawei wit it’s US business partners which also includes consultants as well as component makers may be part of a trade deal with China, the home country of the company.
“Most of the companies that provide consulting services to Huawei are based in the US, including dozens of companies like IBM and Accenture,” Huawei’s founder and CEO, Ren Zhengfei told Chinese media
All these strikes up against Huawei isn’t new as it stretched way back since 2012 and this had shown how deep we are integrated into technology on our daily lives. And also the power of brand partnership especially how big and influential US Brands had become. 5G is the said to be culprit of the whole trade war between the US and China while US had accused China of spying using Huawei by claiming the company is funded by the Chinese government, something which Huawei continues to deny. Huawei here is the largest maker of 5G networking software in the world.
Here’s a look at the ways the brand is affected and how Huawei could possibly attempt to do it alone if agreements between the two nations aren’t resolved and how that can affect you as a Huawei fan or device user.
What Huawei devices won’t have again
Huawei is one of the big partner with these US tech companies and the executive order issued by the Trump’s Administration which labels the Chinese company including a host of others “Foreign Adversaries” with claims that they use backdoor technologies to spy on US tech companies and citizens.
Mind you, Huawei isn’t the only brand affected here, included is the Honor sub-brand as well as dozens of Huawei subsidiaries. The action had forced American companies to halt their business partnership with Huawei for future devices while withholding software and components for use in the brand.
That translates to Google and Microsoft won’t supply software for Android phones or Windows hybrids, and that Intel, Broadcom and ARM reportedly won’t work with the brand. Huawei has also been suspended from the Wi-Fi Alliance and from the SD Association, which designs storage.
Even though Huawei might be using the AOSP to power up it’s devices it can’t get the ARM design to make it’s device work again. The worst which is coming is if it loses access to Bluetooth, that might tank the dream of Huawei’s attempt to topple Samsung.
Android is just too big
Huawei had been selling it’s Chinese version of devices without Google services which demonstrates how great the company can be in the far east giant country. But that might not be the case as far as the entire world is concerned.
Google’s Android is so popular that app developers aspiring developers simply join the bandwagon of developing applications for Android devices. Windows phones, Symbian, BlackBerry all failed because developers do not like these operating systems or at least they didn’t get much hype that could get them so much applications in their stores which causes them shutting down.
There are literally millions of applications in the Google app store and Huawei trying to build it”s own app store that can compete with Google Play Store might be a BUT.
If Huawei wants to make the AOSP it’s base OS for it’s future devices, it might not work because the AOSP is far behind the current Android we use today. Also, there won’t be security updates from Google meaning Huawei will have ownership of it’s own version of the AOSP. On the other hand, Huawei’s OS is called Hongmeng, but it’s apparently far from ready.
Huawei owns Kirin but ARM is important
Huawei’s own HiSilicon company manufacturers the Kirin chip which powers up it’s devices. This means Huawei unlike others won’t have the need for Qualcomm chips. But the problem here is the company does need to acquire a license from ARM which designs the chip’s architecture.
ARM isn’t a US based company for a fact, but it’s intellectual property flow from R&D labs. However, since companies typically license chip designs for years ahead, Huawei shouldn’t run into long-term trouble here unless the ban lasts for years.
Although Huawei does make its own chips, Kirin, Ren said. “We are always in need of US chips. Our US partners are fulfilling their responsibilities and asking for approval from Washington. If this approval is granted, we will still buy chips from these suppliers.” Ren did not make it clear which part of the business use these US chips.
Carrier support is important
If your device isn’t well supported by network carriers in the US for example, it will probably not sell well in the market considering the influence of these carriers. Other countries doesn’t need to deal with carriers whereby Direct sales or online e-commerce services are best ways to get devices across to the masses.
Huawei, if banned from working with carriers might have to take a turn and follow the footsteps of it’s OnePlus and Xiaomi which is reported to be the top mobile brand in India. Huawei’s presence in Europe, Middle East, Latin America and of course East Asia is very strong. Losing it’s carrier partnership might hurt it’s presumed glory.
How long would the ban be?
It’s assumed if Huawei can check some necessary boxes, it’s ban can be lifted. As it was with the case of ZTE which whose ban was later on lifted after 7 years in the US market.
The US President, Donald Trump made it known just last week that he could use the Huawei situation as a negotiation leverage with China. If there is an accord between the two world powers, Huawei’s ban would be effectively lifted.
Samsung wins all the time
The only company that is probably happy about the whole USA-China trade drama going on for quite a while now is Samsung. While the fate of Apple is on the balance in China even though Huawei founder had said he would be sad if China bans Apple.
Samsung is on the receiving end of the whole gain. With companies like Oppo, OnePlus, Xiaomi all vying to gain momentum, this might be a great time for these companies to flourish and take on big smartphone makers.
While Huawei’s onslaught against Samsung might continue if the ban ends soon, the company won’t get anywhere fast without access to the US telecom companies that make essential parts for every phone.