What would be the direct consequences of this decision for the peoples?
Forced by the U.S administration, Google has announced they will cut the bridges with Huawei. The phones and tablets of the Chinese company will, therefore, will no longer use Google applications like YouTube, Gmail, and others, as well as the Android operating system. What can expect Huawei users?
This decision is of great impact for the US government to prohibit US companies to share their telecommunications technologies with foreign companies who are suspected to be a high risk for national security.
In recent years, the US government accuses Huawei of voluntarily installing “back doors” on its devices to allow the Chinese government to spy on users.
Although no evidence has ever been proven on this subject, Huawei suffers heavy damage in this politico-economic war between the United States and China.
Users of Huawei devices are definitely not spared, while major changes could be imposed in the coming months.
Two options might be left for Huawei users
By the end of August, Google could completely cut the bridges with Huawei and thus restrict access to its applications, but also to new versions of its Android operating system.
If there is still a slight chance to reach an agreement between the United States and China to end this trade war, there remains the risk of seeing this separation between Google and Huawei.
So what will be the direct consequences of this decision for people who own a Huawei phone or a tablet of the Chinese brand?
For now, people with one of their devices will still be able to get security updates, use the Android operating system and Google’s third-party apps like Play Store, Gmail, Calendar, and YouTube.
However, if the US sanction was actually dropped and Google had to suspend the license of Android to Huawei, it would only be a new update of Android to see Huawei devices become even more vulnerable for lack of having access to new security updates. It also does not include access to some application updates that might be restricted.
First Option left to users
It would be to use an open source version of Android. It would be possible to use Android to run the device, but this version generally limits some application functions in addition to providing security updates later.
The Second Option left
The solution would be to use Huawei’s operating system. The problem is that it is supposedly far from finished and operational.
Huawei is leaning since 2012 to its own operating system to correct a situation where it would be deprived of using the services of Google.
However, not only is this system not yet developed, but it would be virtually devoid of applications, while it would be necessary to convince the application developers of the merits of creating a version for this new system operating.
So it’s a big glitch that comes to the users of Huawei devices who are the great collateral victims and as usual, it would once again be the users of these devices. The only way to offset these collateral damages would be to end this economic war that The USA Government delivers with China presently.
In the meantime we are learning the following:
The telecommunication company Huawei must quickly launch a new operating system for its Smartphone and tablets. This system will be named “HongMeng OS” and should be available to users sooner than it was said earlier.
It’s a bit of jitter that invaded Huawei users when it was learned that Google was going to cut corners with Huawei following the USA administration’s decision to ban US companies from doing business with companies at risk. The US. National Security.
If Google has committed to providing Android updates for Huawei users, it will only last for the 3-month suspension granted to Huawei. After this period, users would find themselves unable to obtain updates and therefore in front of a certain nothingness.
Huawei must quickly find a solution to satisfy its users. Fortunately, contrary to recent rumors, their home operating system would be more advanced than previously thought.
A fork version of Android
According to information tweeted by the Chinese daily Global Times, Huawei’s operating system will be named “HongMeng OS”.
The new operating system is currently in the testing phase, which contradicts rumors in some media that Huawei’s home system was far from ready to launch.
In another tweet, Global Times mentioned that the OS should be launched in the fall of 2019 or at the latest in the spring of 2020.
The Huawei “HongMeng OS” operating system would be available on Smartphone’s as well as smart tablets and watches of the Brand.
Android apps would even be compatible with this system.
We can imagine that it is actually a fork of Android. A fork is a new version of software created from existing source code. In this case, we can think that they would create it from the open source version of Android.
All this, however, remains to be done with tweezers. Coming from a Chinese media, it would not be surprising that they are simply trying to reassure users. Nevertheless, it is certain that Huawei must be working hard at this moment to find a solution to this impasse that is on the horizon.
Possible impact on rural users
Finally, another angle of this economic war between USA and China could have an impact on rural users if Huawei decides to cut their services.
We all know that many small carriers depend on inexpensive equipment from the Chinese company. Now they must rethink their expansion plans, and perhaps replace existing gear.
Huawei seems to be essential for many wireless carriers that provide services to sparsely populated regions because they are known for transmitting cell signals that often costs far less than other options.
It could cost the American Administration several Billion dollars to replace the current technology by local know-how. Are they ready to brace for this huge problem?
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