The dispute among the US and China has resulted in some real strife for Huawei and its devices, making it tough for the Chinese smartphone giant to work with American companies like Google.
Whereas issues started looking up recently when Huawei was offered a 90-day reprieve from this ban, Google has now informed Reuters that Huawei’s upcoming Mate 30 flagship handset “can’t be sold with licensed Googled apps and services.”
The reasoning for that is that the reprieve supplied by the US Government only applies to exist products and deal partnerships that Huawei has with US companies, that means that any new product or deal wouldn’t be eligible for collaboration of any kind.
Whereas there is currently no word on whether it would happen, Google can seek an exemption from this ban for particular products. It was recently revealed that over 130 such applications had been submitted to the US Commerce department, though none of them have yet been granted.
At current, Huawei is still considered the world’s second-largest smartphone maker, coming in behind Samsung. Though, with the future of its Google support in jeopardy, it could severely impact its hold on the Western market.
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Speaking to Reuters, a spokesperson for Huawei stated the company would proceed to use the Android OS and ecosystem if the US Government permits us to do so otherwise, they’ll continue to develop their own.
Huawei has been developing its operating system for a while now, with Harmony OS becoming official in early August. However, it might take considerable effort for this alternative to reach the same ubiquity of the Google ecosystem, which includes the likes of Google Maps, Images, Gmail, and more.
The Huawei Mate 30 range of smartphones is rumored to launch a while in late September, with availability to follow. However, they’ll now have to wait and see if the US-China trade strife causes any delays.