For the uninitiated, Huawei is the second largest consumer tech manufacturer in the world. It does more than just smartphones these days too — it also focuses on computers, networking equipment, and even telecommunication services. Over the years, Huawei has skyrocketed itself to the upper echelons of the tech world with its constant innovations and advancements in the field. Sadly, all that may just slowly start to crumble as it faces a backlash in the United States of America.

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All of this is due to the Trump administration, which has since banned U.S. firms from selling its components and software to Huawei. This in turn affects the on-going trade war between Beijing and Washington, which partly reflects a struggle for global economic and technological dominance.

To further escalate tensions between both powerhouses, President Trump has stated that this blacklist of Huawei from conducting business dealings with American companies is because it poses a national security threat. Although Google has announced that it will still support existing Huawei smartphones, future devices will not be so lucky.

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Past and present Huawei smartphones will still receive Google Android updates until 19 August 2019. (Image: Engadget)

This means that the much anticipated latest Mate series that will be launching in October 2019 will not feature the flagship apps and devices known to Google, putting Huawei in a tough spot with analysts predicting that this ban will hurt the Chinese conglomerate.

The only bright side to this would be Huawei’s very own operating system that is compatible with Google’s Android. This is according to Huawei’s mobile business chief executive Richard Yu Chengdong, who goes on to say that Huawei’s self-developed OS will be compatible with various products and services within its ecosystem, much like what Apple is doing with its iOS.

A man walks past a Huawei logo displayed at a retail store in Beijing on May 23, 2019. – Chinese telecom giant Huawei says it could roll out its own operating system for smartphones and laptops in China by the autumn after the United States blacklisted the company, a report said on May 23. (Image: AFP)

There is also a 90-day exemption granted by the U.S. Commerce Department, which allows Google to send software updates to Huawei devices using the Android OS to keep its networks online as well as protect users from security risks. The down side to this exemption is that it does come with a deadline, which falls on 19 August 2019. Although this buys time for current Huawei users, it will be bad for business in the future as it Huawei devices will not feature the Android OS anymore.

Another avenue of concern for Huawei would be its hardware as it will now have to source from other manufacturers. The likes of Qualcomm and Intel are heavy players in the smartphone hardware manufacturing business and without it, Huawei will be forced to look elsewhere.

While it is still too early to tell as to how well Huawei will perform in the months to come, just know that there will be dark days ahead. The on-going trade war between the US and China will not cease anytime soon and this in turn will affect Huawei a great deal.

Wi-Liam Teh
Senior Writer
Wi-Liam is a geek at heart with a penchant for tattoos. Never without a drink in hand (preferably whisky, gin, or Guinness), he is also a writer by day and a keyboard warrior by night. On his day off, he masquerades as a streetwear and sneakerhead enthusiast while his bank account says otherwise.