Why You Should Stop Buying Huawei And Honor Phones Immediately


If you are planning to buy your next smartphone from Huawei or Honor including the Huawei P30, P30 Pro, Mate 20 Pro etc, be alerted, and stay away from it. Basically you should restrain yourself from buying a new Huawei or Honor device, at least, for the time being.

It is because Google, the supplier of Android software, its security and updates, to millions of smartphones across the globe, has stopped providing the Android service to Huawei after the US put the Chinese technology gear maker in the blacklist.

What does it essentially mean?

It means Huawei will immediately loose access to the Android operating system, future updates including security patches, and many premium yet essential applications like Gmail, Google Map, Google Play Store etc would not work with Huawei or Honor Smartphones. This is applicable to all Huawei smartphones sold outside of China, including India.

It may not be a permanent blockage by Android or other such US companies to stop supplying hardware and software the Chinese firm, but for the time being, it is, and the US-China cold war is slowing moving towards a full fledged technology cum political war between two of the biggest economies.

Experts believe the ban on Huawei may get lifted like that on ZTE a year back, but till that time customers need to take caution.

This development took place after the US Commerce Department put Huawei in the Entity List, a list of firms that are banned to work with the US companies.

“This action by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, with the support of the President of the United States, places Huawei, a Chinese owned company that is the largest telecommunications equipment producer in the world, on the Entity List. This will prevent American technology from being used by foreign owned entities in ways that potentially undermine U.S. national security or foreign policy interests,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in a statement.

This means, the US companies who are the integral part of the smartphone ecosystem and supply essential components to a smartphone like Google, Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcomm etc would stop supplying their wares to the Chinese company. Intel provides server chips to Huawei, Qualcomm offers processors and modems, Broadcom provides switching chips – all are essential components for making a smartphone.

The US has long been suspicious of China’s role in state-sponsored espionage across the globe. In the past it had asked its allies in the Europe and other nations not to deal with the Chinese firm and also recently requested Canada to arrest the Huawei Chairman’s daughter who happens to the tech firm’s CFO.

Post this, the China had alleged that the US wants to finish its businesses.

This ban on Huawei is expected to put a lot of impact on the global telecom ecosystem including the future 5G deployments across the globe as the Chinese gear maker is the largest telecom equipment supplier in the world and many telecom operators are relying on their 5G roll out basis Huawei’s network and solutions.

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