The smartphone industry, software-wise, is dominated by two competing Operating Systems, iOS, and Android. As iOS is limited only to Apple devices, the only other option for smartphone manufacturers is Android, a product of Google.
About more than 2,500 Million devices, from more than 1,300 brands with around 24,000, unique gadgets depend on Android.
Being the backbone of the smartphone industry, one would think that Google would be reliable, but recent developments have shown that this is not the case.
The American government under the Trump administration has blacklisted Chinese telecom giant Huawei, which grew from a smartphone market share of 11.8% to 19% within just a year. This has led to the Android developer Google suspending business with the company, who raise the issues about its unwavering quality as an excuse.
Can Android still run in Huawei Smartphones?
Their decision to discontinue working with Huawei indicates that Google is going to suspend software changes to Android running Huawei Smartphones.
But for those of you who own Huawei smartphones, do not worry, you can still update your phone with the open-source code Google has always provided.
This will be helpful option to counter bugs, but it will be a temporary solution since the free and open-source code has its own perils; it is limited, and its updates are released later than the commercial Android versions.
Youtube, Google Maps, and Google Play, all three of whom are necessary apps of Android, cannot run on the open-source Android code.
In a recent press release Ren Zhengfei, the current Chief Executive officer of Huawei, has said that the Trump Administration is “underestimating” the Chinese company.
According to Huawei, they are currently creating their own Operating System as a ‘plan B,’ which may, in the future, replace Android or Windows as Huawei’s OS, if the Android is banned. The Chinese company would be prepared in such a situation with its plan.
No options for Huawei
- Right now, companies have no option but to accept that Google has complete control over the market.
- Even though they haven’t made an official statement regarding their relationship with Huawei, Microsoft – another dominant American Company, they have removed Huawei laptops from their stores. Additionally, they also removed Huawei laptops from their online store last weekend, probably responding to the blacklisting of Huawei by the US government.
What is Blacklisting Huawei?
Except for those covered by open source licenses, Google has suspended trading with Huawei that requires the transfer of software products, a source examining the issue reported to Reuters last weekend. This is another in a series of hits, to the Chinese Technology Company, by the US government, who tried to have a boycott to the company the world over.
Huawei will soon lose access to updates for the Android OS working framework and the following form of its cell phones everywhere, but China will similarly lose access to some of the most common apps such as the Google Play Store and Gmail. Subtleties of the US government under the current administration were all the while discussed at Google, as reported by the source. Huawei’s attorney is also examining the effect of the US Commerce Department’s actions, a spokesman for the company said on Friday However the company was not reachable for further comments. Similarly, the commerce department of the United States did not comment on the issue.
Even though Google will quit giving any specialized help and coordinated support for Android, Huawei will continue to have access to the version of the Android OS available through the open-source license, a source said.
Last Thursday, the US government officially Blacklisted trade with Huawei and immediately enacting limitations that will make it even more difficult for the companies to do business.
Millions of smartphone users could be impacted by Google’s decision to pull support from Huawei devices
Millions of smartphone users could be impacted by Google’s decision to pull support from Huawei devices.
It is concerning that Alphabet, Google’s parent company, would comply with the current president’s order, as a result of the ongoing trade war with China.
Google has been weaponized by Washington considering the current boycott with Huawei, implying that other US tech giants may be weaponized similarly whenever forced upon by Washington.
The structure squares of the web and immense measures of individual data are held by enterprises like Apple, Google, and Amazon.
Being the most used search engine, Google has a market share of over 90%. Similarly, Google’s web browser Chrome controls 60% of the market.
74.85% of all smartphones run Android, while iOS runs on almost 23%. The four Cloud giants Google, Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon, owns more than 62% of the world’s cloud infrastructure. This means that if these companies were to shut down, two-thirds of the web would be inaccessible.
As it has been demonstrated by the Trump administration that it is ready to weaponized technology giants, there is a great concern that it will do similar to other organizations if their residing country enters into a trade war with America.
In an ideal world, the web and related innovations would be decentralized, since they are profoundly implanted in our daily life, and would be shielded from manipulation by changing administrations.
A great way of achieving such ideals would be blockchain innovation. However, they would similarly be bolstered with decentralized surveillance models that keep up constant improvement and development.
Up from 150 million phones in 2017, Huawei sold about 203 million phones last year, as shown by information following firm Gartner, undermining Samsung, and overwhelming Apple on the global diagrams. So in the cutting of Huawei Google dangers the loss of the income-producing data of each one of those smartphone proprietors around the world. For an instant, Xiaomi, Oppo, and OnePlus will observe intently. If Huawei develops its own framework, it is possible that those organizations will reach out to it, in an attempt to end their own shorthandedness to future activities by the US.
If it can be successfully accomplished is another discussion, but giving a few companies, most of the control over such amount of information is not an ideal solution, as demonstrated by the current US administration.