Huawei is the world’s No. 1 telecom supplier and No. 2 phone manufacturer, but it is a pariah in countries just like the US. For the past few years, there has been no shortage of scrutiny on the Chinese telecom giant, and many nations have banned the use of its networking equipment.
Last year, the USA put the Chinese brand Huawei on “Entity List”, and banned the company from doing business with US-based firms. So, Huawei was forced to drop Google’s apps and services from its devices. An executive order came from the US President Donald Trump effectively banning Huawei from US communications networks.
But, after some time Huawei announced its own OS named Harmony OS and recently launched HMS Core 4.0, by which Huawei Mobile Services aims to replace the services of other developers in order to build its own ecosystem.
The main issue with Huawei was its cosiness with the Chinese government. The US government fears that Huawei devices can spy on other countries and on their corporations. This is the reason behind the US banned companies from using Huawei networking devices.
Google recently clarified things regarding Huawei and warned users to not sideload its application of Huawei smartphones. But it seems that Google may be a little bit concerned seeing the efforts from Huawei to scale back its reliance on US-based companies, including Google.
In the latest development, Google has applied for a license with the US government in which the company is asking permission to resume business with Huawei. Sameer Samat, VP for Google Play and Android revealed this to DPA but there’s no information about it that when the decision would be made?
There’s a possibility that Google could be granted the license as there’s certainly precedent to do so. Last year, Microsoft was granted a license to continue its business with Huawei for loading its Windows operating system on Huawei laptops.
Although the corporate has been banned from doing business with the US-based firms, Huawei has continued to grow. As per IDC, Huawei overtook Apple and became the second-largest smartphone maker in 2019 and after doing business with Google the company could also increase its sales in other regions with the addition of Google’s apps and services.
Google has actually supposedly used for an exception with US federal, which might certainly allow it to re-license Huawei, to utilize its Mobile solutions.
Huawei gets on the United States’ entities listing in 2019, which means it doesn’t have any access to US based-firms and also as US-related innovation, that includes Google’s Mobile Services unless particularly spared by us federal itself. Microsoft is one firm, which was given an exception also as can currently function with Huawei.
Currently, Huawei has its very own Huawei Mobile Services as a GMS option, however, HMS remains rather minimal also as not a complete-fledged replacement for GMS.
If Google also has given permission to do business with Huawei then it can instantly upgrade itself to Google Mobile Services (like the Play Store, Maps, Photos, YouTube as well as Gmail, can work on Huawei’s Android smart devices).