Huawei puts Honor above Android at new smartphone launch

Andrew Cummings
May 22, 2019

According to information shared by CEO Richard Yu in a private WeChat group, Huawei's own mobile OS will be compatible with all Android applications and web applications. It granted a temporary, 90-day exemption, but only for existing hardware and software. One of the key decisions affecting its booming smartphone business is the decision by Google to revoke its Android license, blocking future Huawei smartphones from having any Google services including the Play Store and apps installed.

However, the U.S. Commerce Department on Monday granted at least a temporary reprieve, issuing a 90-day license that allows internet service providers and mobile phone companies to continue working with Huawei through August 19.

Chinese brands such as Oppo, Xiaomi and Vivo each captured about 8 per cent of global market share in 2018, and none are in the race to manufacture 5G equipment - a sticking point as the USA levies allegations of espionage against Huawei.

While this announcement might worry current Huawei users outside of China, Google has confirmed that Huawei users have little to worry about for now. "You didn't come all the way to the top to get beaten for nothing", Boon Leo, a Huawei user from Malaysia wrote on the company's Facebook page.


How will existing Huawei users be affected?

Nuttaporn Voonklinhom, an executive at the Thailand e-Business Centre (TeC), said the restrictions would affect new smartphones that want to use new Google mobile service upgrades such as Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps.

Music Magpie notes that the trade-ins were at their biggest around 1 PM BST, at which point Huawei devices were being traded into the site more than phones from any other brands. Google also controls access to several add-on software, such as the Play Store.

Huawei has plenty of reason to look at life beyond Android. This is also an escalation of Trump's trade war with China.


Huawei is the world's largest supplier of telecommunications network equipment and second-largest smartphone manufacturer.

We know that the US President has a personal endeavour to impede China's march to become a bonafide global superpower. Google's Pixel is best for consumers who are fans of smart cameras while Samsung phones score higher in style and overall performance.

Exactly why the Mate 20 Pro has been removed from the Android Q beta is a little unclear; on one hand, the blacklisting prevents Huawei from purchasing from United States companies, but on the other, this doesn't strike me as a "purchase".

What does this mean for Google's ties with other phone makers?


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