Regardless of the Division of Commerce not too long ago granting U.S. tech corporations a 90-day extension to proceed working with Huawei, on account of elevated safety issues and the specter of being banned from utilizing U.S. tech, Huawei is being pressured to organize for a future with out entry to Google and apps hosted on Play Retailer.
Nevertheless, if a brand new report from Bloomberg is any indication, Huawei may very well be a lot nearer to having its personal unbiased app retailer than most individuals could have realized. That’s as a result of pre-loaded on nearly each late-model Huawei handset is one thing known as the App Gallery, which like Google’s Play Retailer, capabilities in its place strategy to obtain apps on Huawei telephones.
The large distinction is that as a result of the App Gallery requires a Huawei ID account as a substitute of a Google account and doesn’t have any direct ties to Google or Google’s Play Retailer, Huawei ought to have the ability to proceed utilizing the App Gallery to distribute apps to its customers lengthy after the present 90-day extension expires.
Some might imagine that is merely a fortuitous happenstance, however with threats of banning Huawei from utilizing U.S. tech and software program going again a number of years, a future with out the Play Retailer is one thing Huawei has had ample time to organize for. And whereas the present political local weather within the U.S. could have pressured Huawei’s hand, the actual shock would have been if Huawei didn’t have any potential workarounds already in thoughts.
It’s an analogous state of affairs for Android itself—or at the least the model of Android persons are aware of within the U.S. that comes with Google’s large portfolio of apps and companies—which is one other factor Huawei could should abandon if the DOC’s tech ban goes into impact. Whereas Android is open supply, Google’s model of the cell OS comes with many options that customers count on in addition to entry to the Google Play retailer.
However just like the Play Retailer, Huawei has a plan for that eventuality too. The South China Morning Publish not too long ago reported that Huawei claims to have its personal OS for each smartphones and computer systems already within the improvement. This declare from Huawei really dates again to April 2018, which is when fellow Chinese language telecom tools and cellphone maker ZTE was banned from utilizing U.S. tech after ZTE was discovered to have violated U.S. sanctions.
Both method, even when Huawei has homegrown substitutes already in thoughts for Android and the Google Play Retailer, a ban on utilizing the U.S. is sure to be a serious headache each for Huawei and the individuals who use Huawei gadgets.