Huawei has suffered today one of the biggest blows of its history, and has experienced it when it was in one of the sweetest moments: become the third mobile phone manufacturer that more devices sold worldwide and market leader Spanish, having surpassed Samsung at the end of last year.
“The current owners of a Huawei mobile phone will no longer have access to Android updates.”
And is that Google has broken commercial relations with Huawei, suspending all businesses that require the transfer of hardware and software products with the company, which has made all the alarms jump and makes the hundreds of millions of phone owners The Chinese brand around the world (only in 2018 sold 203 million terminals) what will happen with your devices from now on.
The first of all would be to call for calm, because there has been some disinformation about the matter. It is not true that those who own a Huawei mobile device will have to stop using it, but they will have their use restricted in a certain way.
Google has confirmed that it will stop supporting Huawei devices in the future. That is, they will not be able to use the company’s mobile operating system, nor will they have security updates or access to the application stores … but that will affect the mobiles that are manufactured from now if the companies do not reach a new agreement. .
What will happen with the Huawei phones that users already have? Google has confirmed that they will be able to continue having access to the Play Store, with which, they will be able to continue downloading applications as up to now and update the ones they already have, including Gmail, YouTube …. The main problem is that they will not have access to software updates.
This places them in a serious problem, since the users will not have access to the new functionalities that are released for Android nor to the security patches that protect them against future vulnerabilities. That is, your mobile phone will continue to work perfectly but will remain unprotected, which can cause that, in the long run, the operation is also affected.
In addition, they will be “trapped” in the current version of the software. Some applications are going to be updated as well and they leave out support for old operating systems so that, when the time comes, they could stop working on Huawei devices. This is what has happened recently, for example with WhatsApp and a good number of cell phones where it will stop working.
This situation is a real blow to the company, because users will not want to have a mobile device that does not include the latest software updates. In the medium term, many of those who currently own a Huawei mobile would end up changing to other companies and acquiring a new model.
Huawei devices can use products and security updates that are covered by open source licenses, but the truth is that the news is slow to develop in open source and Huawei mobile owners would be relegated to the background.
All this affects in this way those who already have a Huawei mobile device. The situation becomes more black for those who could acquire it in the future, since these users will not even have access to Google Play, that is, they will not be able to download and use the most popular apps on their mobile phones.
This is a very serious problem and Huawei has a difficult problem to solve. Option B, in which the company has been working for months and would not want to have to employ it, is to equip its mobile phones with its own operating system.
This is a very risky bet, since they would have to convince the application developers that, in addition to creating their apps for iOS and Android, they created them for the Huawei operating system, which could be called Kirin. The strategy has already gone wrong for Microsoft with Windows Phone or Nokia with Symbian, mobile operating systems that did not succeed, among other reasons, because the number of apps available in their application stores was significantly lower than in the rest, since the developers they did not invest efforts or resources to create them.
If there were not enough mobile applications or common use for the Huawei operating system, users would end up not buying those devices where they can not use their favorite applications.
Given the situation, Huawei has sent an official statement in which it states that “continue to provide security updates to the existing models of Huawei and Honor (the second brand of the company), including those already sold and those that are in stock in the world “. What it does not specify is whether that support will be provided by the company itself, as it will not be done through Android and Google.
But in addition, the statement already reflects that feared “Plan B” can be a reality. “We will continue to build an ecosystem of safe and sustainable programming to bring the best experience to our users,” he says.