Finally Huawei Exec Comes Clean Admitting They Are Stuffed After Google Ban
Finally, a Huawei executive has come clean claiming that the Google apps ban is a big problem for the Chinese phone maker who is still trying to spin doctor gullible Australian tech journalists that “Everything is okay”
Joy Tan, VP of public affairs at Huawei’s US business has said publicly that the absence of Google’s Android and the various services is “proving troublesome” for the smartphone Company.
“After the entity list, we were able to figure out some of the alternative solutions,” said Tan.
“The most challenging part is Google-managed services. We can continue to use the Android platform, since it is open-source, but we cannot use the services that help apps run on it.”
This means that existing Huawei customers in Australia will struggle to get Android updates and that owners of a new Huawei device will only have the most basic of Android capability.
The Company has also admitted that their own Harmony OS which was supposed to be a replacement to the Android OS is years away.
Currently Huawei is barred from running Google services on its new phones, a key reason people buy Android devices. T
Huawei was blacklisted by the Trump administration in May 2019 shortly afterwards Huawei executives in Australia held a dinner for journalists to claim It was business as normal and that they had a solution to the ban.
This solution never eventuated.
Android is seen as being arguably the best operating system on the market, Google services are widely utilised or there is a strong feeling of trust towards Google, replicating or replacing these elements on the smartphones was a big ask claim analysts.
Google has proven to be the stumbling point for Huawei. Much to the horror of US suppliers, the firm has largely managed to replace US components in its supply chain, it has even started producing 5G base stations completely void of US parts, though the smartphone business has borne the brunt of the damage.
In Australia the Federal Government has banned the Chinese Company from being involved in the building of 5G networks by carriers. The Feds fear there is a real risk that the Chinese Communist Party could spy on Australia via a network or Chinese handsets such as those made by Huawei, Oppo or Realme.
During the past 12 months Huawei has pushed huge amounts of cash towards creating a developer ecosystem, but the number of applications simply are not going to be able to deliver what Android offers with the most important and successful developers shunning the Huawei OS.
A classic example of the mountain that Huawei would have to climb to even get competitive with Google services is The Google Maps which is a market leader because of years of investment, billions of man-hours of tweaking and a colossal amount of data which has been fed into the machine to improve accuracy and performance.
“There is no substitute for time here and it is one of the reasons few can dream of competing with Google in this segment” observers claim.
The Company still has a domestic market which boasts roughly a sixth of the world’s population and China’s influence on the global stage should hold strong in some markets. What’s not known is how Chinese nationals will react to not being able to get Google services.