Since 2017, Huawei had been a big threat to the likes of Apple and Samsung but then Huawei successfully ousted Apple to take the second position but the pace at which the company is going, it would possibly oust Samsung as well. But then US government dropped the big bomb on Huawei as it gets listed on US Trade blacklist. Now, Google had snatched up Android License (with just 90 days to do whatever it wants before the license is snatched up completely) from the Chinese brand and now it’s as though heaven is coming down considering the impact that will have on every Huawei smartphone users all around the world.
This could be a big advantage to Samsung buying it more time to upgrade it’s hardware and make it more competitive. Talking about Huawei, the government order will deprive the company of every security updates as well as Google services such as GMail, Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Google Maps, Google Search and other Google-Whatever. With Intel, Broadcom and Qualcomm also joining the court order. On Monday morning, the Chinese company expressed dismay about Google’s decision.
“Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world,” a Huawei spokeswoman said in an emailed statement. “As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry.”
It also sought to reassure customers. “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,” said the company spokeswoman. “We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.”
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Now coming back on Samsung, this could be a big advantage to the Korean company as it could gain more Android fans who are possibly going to ditch Huawei’s devices altogether even including Huawei PC, the Mate Book Pro which runs Microsoft’s Windows OS and uses chips from Intel and other Chip makers.
Huawei devices outperforming Samsung’s?
In terms of innovation, Huawei smartphones are upping the game in the Android smartphone market. With awesome cameras, faster processors, amazing designs and awesome screen resolution, Huawei would go ahead and Oust Apple to the third place in the world. Comparing the new Galaxy S10 and S10+ along with the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro, one can see that Huawei is outperforming Samsung in terms of innovation.
Talking about cameras, Huawei’s devices has awesome software built into their camera that makes it’s night mode super-duper as well as crystal clear zoom capabilities. Samsung on the other hand lacks night mode and even Google Pixel devices has those. Samsung is also not garnering worldwide reception with it’s engineering issues as with the case of it’s folding Galaxy Fold device that has it’s screen malfunctioning due to hinge and film protection problems.
The political problems with Huawei which has a negative effect on the company’s product sales, especially it’s smartphone lines outside the Chinese market will put the company in tough situations and could lose a potential $11 Billion worth of market.
Samsung whose Galaxy Fold has technical issues has had it’s launch date postponed due and people were beginning to turn their eyes on the Huawei Mate X which has a better design but which also runs on the Android OS. And considering the fact that the Android Q is in big support of the Folding smartphones, this is a big plus for Samsung.
Although, there were reports in the past that Huawei was building it’s own mobile Operating System and we wouldn’t just conclude yet if the Mate X would even run on the Google’s Software since it’s not sold yet.
But if Huawei were to halt the production of the Mate X (scheduled for Summer) while trying to get back it’s Android license, Samsung could increase its lead in the innovative foldable space.
“We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications,” Google said in a brief statement on Sunday evening. “For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices.”
If that succeeds, that would mean Huawei can sell it’s current smartphones and tablets with Android support while future devices could be moved on to it’s own OS. In fact, Huawei isn’t ditching Android OS completely considering the project being an Open Source software (AOSP: Android Open Source Project) but the fact is the AOSP is far behind the current Android OS used by Google meaning Huawei would be taken afar if it decides to stick with it.
Huawei vs US Government: What really happened?
Back in 2012, the US congress warned carriers against using Huawei networking equipment because the company seems to be too close to the Chinese government which could pose potential spying and security threat to the US government. But things soon get more serious during the President Trump’s administration. The fact that companies can be used to damage foreign governments highlights tech companies’ potent role in politics.
Huawei made it known that the ban will hinder the US rollout of 5G Gata networks in a report made by Reuters and this slightly affect Huawei’s growth.
But do not forget Huawei is world’s largest telecom equipment manufacturer and the second largest phone maker just behind Samsung. Although Samsung sells other products such as device screens and chips, it isn’t operating any networking equipment.
The same “clipping” action had earlier been taken against ZTE but the ban was later on lifted by the President, Donald Trump later in August last year.
What if Huawei’s ban is lifted soon
Sincerely that would be a great news for those that have spent hundreds of dollars to get an Huawei smartphone and are enjoying the high-tech on those devices. The Honor 20 Pro is an amazing smartphone that was recently launched not to talk of the powerful P30 Pro.
But Samsung’s gain could be short-lived if the ban is lifted soon. And Huawei given a partial reprieve to update existing phones could be a period of making things work out for the future of their smartphones.
Also, there is every possibility that President Trump will lift the ban if Huawei can meet some certain criteria and conditions. As with the case of ZTE which the US clipped as well for failing to punish employees for breaking a sanction which prohibits the sale of US equipment to Iran and North Korea. ZTE was shut down instantly but the ban was lifted later on.
I believe if here is a great conversation between both sides (US and China) over trade relationship, Samsung meanwhile could capitalize on this period to solidify it’s dominance as world number one smartphone maker or Huawei could suddenly bounce back to the lime-light eventhough ZTE hasn’t really been spectacular since last year in the US.
Samsung didn’t respond to a request for comment.