Huawei loses access to Google services after the US declares it a threat

May 24, 2019 4:37 pm11 comments
Huawei headquarters

Huawei headquarters

from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI – HUAWEI reached the highest level of its global market share in the first quarter of 2019: its sales volumes have increased by half in the first months of 2019, knocking Apple out once again from its position as the second biggest smartphone seller in the world. By all accounts, the Shenzen-based telecom giant should have been on its way to the top, increasing its sales and presence all over the world but a recent turn of events has apparently hampered its dreams of domination.

A few days ago, the US government has declared a national emergency on cybersecurity, banning Huawei and its affiliates from purchasing technology from the US – both hardware and software. As a result, Google, Intel, Qualcomm, and many other companies have already announced that they are cutting their ties with the Chinese smartphone manufacturer.



Globally, Huawei has a 17% market share. In Nigeria, less than 2% of all smartphone users have a Huawei device, according to StatCounter. If you are one of them, don’t worry. You’ll be able to <a href=”” title=”play betgames at Betway on your mobile” target=”_blank”>play betgames at Betway on your mobile</a> and benefit of Google services like the Play Store and Google Play Protect: the ban affects the handsets that are not yet in use. You might run into issues like delayed updates and patches in the near future.

While the millions of Huawei owners around the world will not be seriously affected by this ban, the company itself will be hit hard by it – and so will its suppliers.

“Washington’s decision to force U.S. companies to stop doing business with tech giant Huawei creates losers on both sides,” Huawei’s official Twitter profile read on Saturday. For one, Huawei won’t be able to maintain the equipment it already sold to US customers – telecom companies in US states relying on the Shenzen-based telecom giant for running their wireless and internet infrastructure.

At the same time, Huawei has let the world know that it was prepared for such a situation: it has backup solutions to fall back to, including its own Kirin chips, it has its own app marketplace, and is reportedly working on its in-house mobile operating system as well. But this doesn’t help the companies that built their livelihood on supplying the Chinese telecom giant, though – and there are many of these, both in Asia and in the US.

At the same time, Huawei sees this issue as a temporary setback at worst. “We have already been preparing for this,” said Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei. “It is expected that Huawei’s growth may slow, but only slightly. Policies that threaten trading partners one after another rob companies of risk-taking attitudes and the U.S. will lose credibility.”

– CAJ News


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