It’s been 8 months since the United States ban Huawei from having any business relations any company in the country. This included Google, hence, reason for the Huawei Mate 30 Pro arriving internationally without Google services. As at now, the situation still remain the same, so the next Huawei phones will suffer the same fate. However, a representative of Huawei has announced that they will never use Google services again, even if the ban is lifted.
Huawei has been greatly affected by the US ban, that is more than obvious. Their phones have lost Google services which means that their users cannot install Play Store applications or use Google’s own applications, such as YouTube. At least not natively (they can install it manually in less than 10 minutes).
In a press conference in Vienna, Wang Fei, Head of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group in Austria, clearly said that Huawei does not plan to go back to using Google services even if it regains the license.
However, soon after this news started making headlines, Huawei responded to this and issued this statement: “An open Android ecosystem is still our first choice, but if we are not able to continue to use it, we have the ability to develop our own.”
The words in the statement are crafted in such as way that it neither confirms nor deny Wang Fei’s statements. It also doesn’t mention Google or its Play Services at all. It said that open Android ecosystem is the company’s first choice, which is already what the company is using for HarmonyOS.
Huawei Hates Being A Tool In The Trade War
Apparently, Huawei still intends to be the third power in the mobile software market. It will create its own OS along with Google (Android) and Apple (iOS). For this, it does not intend to completely change the operating system. They will continue to use Android to facilitate the work for developers, although they will be fully based on the AOSP version (Android Open Source Project). According to them, under the hand of Google, Android no longer feels open source.
This decision would also have been taken to stop being the center of the trade war between China and the United States. If Huawei completely dispenses with what has been banned from them, the ban will cease to affect them directly. Even if that does not mean that everything becomes easier for them.
A few days ago we learned that Huawei would invest many millions in attracting developers to App Gallery, its own app store. This will be the heart of Huawei Mobile Services because the application store is where a mobile operating system takes practically all its appeal. If the company manages to have the main applications or almost all of them in its own store, it could really survive without Google’s services. What’s more, even Google’s own apps might appear in the store if the ban was lifted.