Huawei’s next phone won’t have YouTube, Gmail or Google Maps

Huawei’s next phone won’t have YouTube, Gmail or Google Maps
Huawei MATE X, the company's foldable 5G ready smartphone, displayed at the 2019 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 25, 2019IANS

  • Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc, has decided to suspend business ties with the Chinese smartphone maker, Huawei.
  • The news comes after the US President, Donald Trump, announced that he’s adding Huawei to the trade blacklist.
  • Huawei CEO, Ren Zhengfei, remains optimistic asserting that the company will be ‘fine’.

The ban on Huawei has only had repercussions in the United States so far. But with Alphabet Inc, Google’s parent company ‘suspending’ its business activities with the Chinese corporation according to Reuters — the consequences spill beyond the North American borders.

Not only will Huawei not be privy to Android Q before the public release, none of its future phones will have the Google Play Store — that means no more Gmail, YouTube, or Google Maps to guide you home.

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Limited access to Android, the most popular operating system in the world, will likely have a severe impact on Huawei’s future endeavours especially since users won’t be download the apps of their choice of a source that is considered to be safe.

But, Huawei reportedly saw this coming and has been preparing its own technology and operating system — some of it already being used for products that are currently being sold in China.


Trump fallout

On Thursday, the President of the United States — Donald Trump — announced that Huawei Technologies is going to be added to the trade blacklist.

This puts severe restrictions on the company making it very difficult of it to conduct businesses with local businesses — like Google.

Google’s withdrawal only represents the software part of Huawei's problems. Chipsets, like the American Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series, are also going to be harder for the Chinese company to acquire.

Ren Zhengfei, CEO of Huawei, told Japanese media that the company would be “fine” regardless of the ban, stating, “We have already been preparing for this,” adding that, “It is expected that Huawei's growth may slow, but only slightly.”

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