Huawei, the number two smartphone maker in the world, will launch its next flagship device without licensed access to the world’s number one smartphone operating system, Google’s Android, or any of Google’s ubiquitous applications.
The Mate 30 with 5G capacity will be revealed at a September 19 event in Munich, Germany, CNBC reported Friday. But the launch of a company that saw its participation in the European smartphone market increase by 55.7% in 2018 is approaching under a cloud of uncertainty, thanks to the actions of the US government. UU.
This is what you need to know about the dispute between the US And Huawei.
What is Huawei?
Huawei is a Chinese telecommunications company, founded in 1987, whose early history included updating China’s telephone infrastructure and helping the nation to stop relying on the import of foreign-made technology. Since then it has expanded internationally and launched its own product lines, including smartphones that are increasingly competitive with Samsung and Apple.
Why is it controversial?
US intelligence services UU. They suspect that Huawei has close ties with the Chinese army and fear that the company can provide the Chinese government with a backdoor to foreign communications networks. The United States has pressured its allies not to use Huawei components in the 5G networks they are building, saying it can suspend the exchange of intelligence if they continue to work with the company. The United States also arranged for the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, daughter of its founder and president, in Canada in December 2018, on charges of bank and electronic fraud to violate US sanctions against Iran.
In May, the Trump administration stepped up its attacks on Huawei with twin movements: an executive order that allows the government to ban “foreign adversaries” technology if it is determined to represent “unacceptable risks” to national security, and Huawei’s placement in a “list of entities” of the commerce department that prohibits you from acquiring components or technology from US companies without government approval.
Since then, the commerce department has granted Huawei two 90-day deferrals to allow it to maintain existing infrastructure and support existing Huawei devices. The last temporary agreement will expire on November 19.
What does this have to do with Google?
As a company based in the USA. In the US, Google must comply with the government’s decision to blacklist Huawei. Shortly after Huawei was included in the list of entities, several US chip manufacturers confirmed that they would stop supplying Huawei with its products, including Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx and Broadcom. The ban also extends to software products and services, such as Google’s Android, the operating system used by Huawei smartphones.
An open source version of Android is available, but the blacklist will prevent Huawei from accessing licensed versions that include technical support and pre-installation of Google applications, such as Google Maps and Gmail.
While the temporary 90-day licenses granted by the US Department of Commerce. They have allowed existing Huawei smartphones to stay updated on Android, the temporary license does not apply to new products, which means that the Mate 30 cannot be sold with a licensed version of Android or any of the Google applications installed.
So how will the phones work?
It is not clear Huawei recently launched its own operating system, which it calls HarmonyOS. But according to CNBC, the company does not plan to use HarmonyOS on Mate 30, partly because it does not want to damage its relationship with Google. A spokesman for the company told CNBC that Android is still Huawei’s “first choice.”
If Huawei uses the open source version of Android on the phones, users from some parts of the world could download the Google applications themselves, but the applications will not come pre-installed. However, uncertainty remains.