On Sun­day, May 19, all news out­lets pub­lished infor­ma­tion that the US Depart­ment of Com­merce has black­list­ed Huawei Cor­po­ra­tion as enti­ties that require spe­cial per­mis­sion to con­duct any trans­ac­tions with US com­pa­nies. For many users, as well as for the com­pa­ny itself, which claimed mar­ket lead­er­ship after the resound­ing suc­cess of the Huawei P20 series, this news was extreme­ly unpleas­ant. We will talk about why this is hap­pen­ing, and how the inno­va­tion will affect ordi­nary users.

What happened

The so-called trade war between the US and Chi­na still affect­ed mobile devices. Due to accu­sa­tions of exploit­ing unfair trade prac­tices, last July the US imposed tar­iffs on more than $250 bil­lion worth of Chi­nese-made goods. Sim­i­lar actions were intro­duced by Chi­na. All this time, both sides were con­stant­ly nego­ti­at­ing, peri­od­i­cal­ly mak­ing con­ces­sions. How­ev­er, the cul­mi­na­tion nev­er­the­less came with the intro­duc­tion of a con­trol order. Its essence lies in the ban on the use of infor­ma­tion and tech­nolo­gies cre­at­ed and con­trolled by com­pa­nies that pose a threat to the nation­al secu­ri­ty of the coun­try. Giv­en the recent alle­ga­tions and even claims that the CIA has evi­dence of Huawei’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with Chi­na’s nation­al secu­ri­ty ser­vices, this law was aimed direct­ly at the com­pa­ny. There­fore, as a result, she became the first and most vis­i­ble vic­tim in the trade war between the two states.

Android platform

First of all, it becomes clear that in order to resume coop­er­a­tion with Google and use all ver­sions of the Android plat­form, Huawei will now have to com­plete­ly revise its own poli­cies and refute the alle­ga­tions. This is the case if it is pos­si­ble in prin­ci­ple to resume coop­er­a­tion. In fact, it turns out that smart­phones and tablets will have to be trans­ferred to anoth­er oper­at­ing sys­tem. In addi­tion, users of Huawei prod­ucts will not be able to access the Google Play Store and app and OS updates. More­over, Huawei users will also be deprived of access to Youtube, Google Maps, Google search engine and Google Chrome. Some state­ments say that this restric­tion will only apply out­side of Chi­na.

On the part of Google, the actions are quite under­stand­able, because these are the require­ments of the Min­istry of Com­merce, and the com­pa­ny can­not go against them with­out suf­fi­cient grounds.

The good news for those who already use Huawei tech­nol­o­gy is that accord­ing to Google rep­re­sen­ta­tives, the sit­u­a­tion will not change. They will still be able to use ser­vices and updates. It was this ques­tion that wor­ried many users, includ­ing those in Rus­sia, the most. This applies to the com­pa­ny’s prod­ucts already pur­chased by retail chains and pri­vate users. How­ev­er, the tem­po­rary sup­port autho­riza­tion will last until August 19, after which the exten­sion will be con­sid­ered again.

What’s next for Huawei?

Fans of the sud­den rise of Huawei tech­nol­o­gy are sure to be dis­ap­point­ed. After Huawei P20, we expect new bright mod­els from the com­pa­ny, but the suc­cess of the prod­uct is def­i­nite­ly at risk. It is also log­i­cal that many are begin­ning to wor­ry about the mean­ing of the new rules for future Huawei tech­nol­o­gy.

The exact answer from rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the com­pa­ny has not yet been received. In the­o­ry, Huawei will be able to con­tin­ue using Android, but only in its pub­lic ver­sion — AOSP (Android Open Source), which has very notice­able lim­i­ta­tions.

How­ev­er, antic­i­pat­ing pos­si­ble sanc­tions, back in March, Huawei announced the devel­op­ment of its own oper­at­ing sys­tem for mobile and sta­tion­ary devices. This deci­sion is very log­i­cal, since the restric­tion of coop­er­a­tion by Amer­i­can com­pa­nies may affect not only Google, but also Microsoft. There­fore, it may turn out that not only mobile devices, but also PCs will fall under the ban.

In any case, Huawei’s own oper­at­ing sys­tem, as suc­cess­ful as it is, will require inte­gra­tion with smart devices, habit­u­a­tion on the part of users, and every­thing that both Win­dows and Android have been try­ing to achieve for years. There­fore, it is dif­fi­cult to count on the fact that the Huawei OS, when it is final­ly intro­duced, imme­di­ate­ly deserves uni­ver­sal recog­ni­tion.

In addi­tion to Google and Microsoft, the effect of the new order may affect hard­ware man­u­fac­tur­ers: Qual­comm, Intel and Broad­com, Bloomberg reports. More detailed infor­ma­tion on this sub­ject is not yet avail­able.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Huawei did not stand aside from the con­flict, say­ing that the com­pa­ny has made a huge con­tri­bu­tion to the devel­op­ment of the Android brand and the pop­u­lar­iza­tion of the oper­at­ing sys­tem for many years.

How will the ban affect the market?

In turn, the whole sit­u­a­tion plays into the hands of the Android mar­ket leader — Sam­sung. Since recent­ly, in terms of inno­va­tion and avail­abil­i­ty, the Chi­nese giant has def­i­nite­ly out­per­formed its South Kore­an com­peti­tor. Fea­tures such as night mode, a mod­ern zoom lens on smart­phones, and a num­ber of oth­ers are asso­ci­at­ed with Huawei, not Sam­sung.

How­ev­er, it is pre­cise­ly such a rad­i­cal move that could take Huawei out of the game and allow Sam­sung to take the top spot in the US and Euro­pean mar­kets. Again, the Huawei Mate X fold­able smart­phone, which Huawei had to delay, puts the advan­tage in the hands of Sam­sung, even if their smart­phone was less impres­sive this year.

One way or anoth­er, while the fur­ther actions of both par­ties are very vague, it can be assumed that this ban will open up great oppor­tu­ni­ties for Huawei’s com­peti­tors, how­ev­er, there is no guar­an­tee that they will not suf­fer a sim­i­lar fate.