Lack of Google Apps affecting Huawei the most
Beijing: Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has confirmed that the US sanctions were hurting it badly, especially the absence of Google’s core Android software, Play Store and popular apps like Search and Maps on its devices.
A senior Huawei executive stated that the company hasn’t been able to find the successful replacements for Google apps which are extremely popular on Android devices worldwide, according to a financial Times report quoting.
,” Joy Tan, Vice President of Public Affairs at Huawei US, was quoted as saying on Sunday, that there are so many Android platform users in Europe and south-east Asia and they have so hand on to these Google applications on almost every top of Android phones.
” Since Android is open-source, people can continue to use the Android platform but we cannot use the services that help apps run on it.”
Under the terms of the previous US trade ban, Google was not allowed to sell Android license to Huawei, it means Huawei phones can use base open-source code, but have no access to the Google apps and Play Store.
A temporary license was issued to currently running on existing Huawei devices which allows Google to support and update the Android OS.
However, the ban has impacted badly on the development of future products. Huawei company is now working on its own new operating system called HarmonyOS but that is far from reality to gain customer attraction.
Despite trade restrictions put in place by the US, 610.8 billion yuan ($86 billion) revenue collected by Huawei company last week during the first three quarters of this year, an increase of 24.4 percent year-on-year, with a net profit margin of 8.7 percent.
Richard Yu, the head of Huawei’s consumer business, during a media interview last month, said that if the US government would not remove the barrio from Google to sell us Google Apps license, then Huawei would start using its own OS HarmonyOS.
The newly launched Huawei phones Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro do not have feature access to Google Play services.
Onward of the next round of trade conversations between Washington and Beijing, US President Donald Trump’s administration is considered issuing licenses to some American firms that will let them sell non-sensitive equipment to Huawei.
Article source- livemint.com