Huawei US Ban Delayed For 90 Days
Since writing the story, Huawei has issued a statement to clarify its stance on US ban which is as follows:
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 benefitted 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.
The US government for a long time has accused Chinese tech titan, Huawei for stealing user data and sending it over to the Chinese government for malpractices. Even though the allegations are yet to be proved, the Trump government took a drastic step which has negatively affected the fate of the company. On the 19th of May, 2019, the US government revoked all American companies to have any sort of trade relations with Huawei.
The former is currently the world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer and they all run Android OS which is developed and facilitated by Google, an American conglomerate. Due to the ban implied by the US government, Google had to break all ties with Huawei resulting in the withdrawal of support for services like the Play Store, Youtube, Maps and many more. Albeit Android is an open source operating system that any OEM can install on devices they offer. In order to ship the device with the aforementioned applications and services from Google, the OEM needs to get its devices licensed.
Following the convulsive change, the US Commerce Department has delayed some of the consequences of the said order for Huawei by 90 days. This period has been granted to the Chinese company so that it can purchase American made networking devices including servers which can be used for providing software updates to existing Huawei smartphones. Also, during the 90 day period, the company can get its existing smartphones Android Q certified which will provide some comfort to Huawei smartphone owners in the country.
Noteworthy, Huawei still cannot launch any new smartphones that are not already certified by Google. The about to launch Honor 20, Honor 20 Pro and the Mate X that have already received the certifications are safe and can be launched without any hindrance. Conclusively, only time will tell what the future beholds for Huawei.