The import ban that the Trump administration imposed on Huawei a few days ago was the next logical step in the trade war against China. While some people may have predicted it, given the ZTE exercise run before, it still sent shock waves through the industry. Huawei is willing to fight, even though many US and non-US affiliates confirm they are holding their business relationship with the Chinese giant.
One of the things Huawei confirmed earlier this week is that it should move forward with an operating system by itself, as we call the Huawei OS for the lack of a better alternative and that can start as early as the fall. The operating system is based on Android and it should run on both smartphones and tablets. But, make no mistake, Huawei needs Google's version of Android and Microsoft's Windows 1
Huawei may be in a difficult place right now, but it will work somehow. With the ban in place, it is not only Huawei who loses, but also US and international companies. That said, Huawei will probably be more prepared in the future and therefore it makes sense to see that it starts an operating system by itself.
However, Huawei OS has only one chance to catch on in China, where Google has no presence and where Huawei easily could create an Android by itself. Convincing smartphone users in Western markets to ditch a phone with Google's Android, on the other hand, will be an uphill battle. Huawei doesn't have alternatives to Google apps, especially the Google Play Store, not to mention other popular services like YouTube, Gmail, and Google Maps.
The same goes for Windows 10. Good luck trying to replace Windows 10 on Huawei laptops in Europe, USA, or anywhere where Windows is still popular – that's pretty much everywhere.
But that's not the only reason why Huawei can't afford to lose its licenses with Google and Microsoft. In addition to the operating systems, these two companies give Huawei the credibility they desperately need in Western countries. There is no better way to combat US government claims that Huawei hardware is not as secure as having strong partners in companies such as Google, Microsoft and Intel, guaranteeing the security of your devices.
Google's Sebastien Missoffe and Bob Borchers, Microsoft's Kurt Petersen, or Intel's Christian Morales and Chris Walker are just some of the top experts who appeared on the scene during Huawei's product launch events in recent years. Huawei not only invited them to talk about the product to be revealed, but also to send a clear message that these American technology dances rely on the Chinese company. These companies, in turn, would not have participated in the events if this were not the case. Add to that the marketing clips that Huawei aired in front of some of its press conferences, with carrier partners from different countries selling Huawei products, and it is clear that Huawei has tried to make it clear to consumers that they will be safe when using Huawei devices .
That doesn't mean the US government is wrong to claim that Huawei may be closer to the Chinese government than intelligence agencies will want.
But knowing that Huawei's phones and laptops run the latest versions of Android and Windows 10, complete with common security updates, should Make your mind safe. The alternative – runs a Huawei operating system that cannot be defended as powerful and independent as Android and Windows in terms of security and privacy. It may not sound good to tech savvy buyers in western countries who want to spend top dollar on hardware. And that's why Huawei has to do everything needed to keep their Android and Windows 10 deals in place for as long as possible. Huawei OS alone will not cut it.
It is also the argument that both Google and Microsoft, and all the other companies that only cut bonds with Huawei, do not like the import ban. But it does not change the fact that Huawei can not only renounce the world's best operating systems, no matter how big the Huawei OS can be.