Huawei block: what this means for users
Huawei block; What this means for users: The recent news that Google is to block Huawei devices from it’s most popular Android apps, must have come as a shock to users in the UK. Just recently, Theresa May announced that Huawei would be given the 5G contract for developing the UK’s communication network.
Suddenly, something has gone terribly wrong. And not only has Google banned Huawei, but UK networks such as EE and Vodaphone, are considering taking the same extreme action. The Huawei block is catching.
Recently, ARM informed staff to ‘all active contracts, support entitlements, and any pending engagements’ with the Chinese tech giant to fit in with the US Google ban.
But before we all start running around like a bunch of headless chickens – or smartphone-less people, let’s take a look at the facts. Headlines can be scary – and they don’t tell the full story. So, here is the Huawei smartphone Google ban in a nutshell.
Not all Huawei phones are affected
That’s right. It’s only the newest models that will not be able to update certain android apps. It’s only devices from the Mate 30 range (being released in October 2019) that might lose those essential services such as Google Maps, Google Play and Gmail. In fact, anything from the newest Huawei P30 range release, the upcoming Huawei Mate 20 X 5G, and previous devices are not affected. So, here’s a list of Huawei devices that won’t be troubled by the Google ban.
Huawei P Smart
Huawei Mate 20: Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20, Mate 20 Lite, Mate 20 X
Huawei Mate 10: Mate 10 Pro, Mate 10, Mate 10 Lite
Huawei P30: P30 Pro, P30, P30 Lite
Huawei P10: P10 Plus, P10, P10 Lite
Huawei P20: P20 Pro, P20, P20 Lite
Why has the Huawei ban been enacted?
One word: security. China is a law unto itself when it comes to security and business strategy. That’s why Google hasn’t managed to re-enter the Chinese market. There was some movement towards Google creating a separate search engine for the Chinese market. However, the project was voted down by Google employees due to the censorship against human rights violations that would have to be implemented. It appears the UK’s decision to offer Huawei the 5G network contract may have been premature. Huawei has taken the European market by storm. Until the recent ban, it’s sales made up a quarter of all mobile device sales in Europe. That means taking them out of the race even temporarily, will give a big boost to other leading mobile brands such as Samsung and iPhone.
Is 5G to blame?
The news on whether 5G is the main cause for this whole debacle, is conveniently as clear as mud. However, the Chinese won’t want to miss out on the 5G network development contract in the UK. It looks increasingly likely that they won’t be rolling up their sleeves just yet. This is because the USA is still highly suspicious of their activities and intentions. Furthermore, Donald Trump POTUS has said recently that there is a chance of a positive trade agreement with China, despite this current setback.
A number of governments have voiced concerns over Huawei equipment being utilized by China for spying. However, Huawei has strongly denied this claim. Chances are that the USA and British government officials have been unable to tie China into an agreement that is in line with their own trading standards. Therefore, the yoke on Huawei is a bargaining chip to force China into a more lenient position.