The executive order signed by Donald Trump in the United States last Thursday has precipitated what had been waiting for some time and that at this time is the technological news of the year: according to Reuters, Google will stop collaborating with Huawei, which has gigantic implications on the future terminals of the Chinese company, which, in the absence of knowing more details, will lose support and compatibility with Google services (Maps, Gmail, Play Store) and will not have new Android updates approved by those of Mountain View (although in this case it is necessary to confirm that it does not also affect the updates to terminals present in the market, since Android Q is just around the corner).
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In principle, the change of policies, according to Google in its Android account on Twitter, does not affect the current terminals, which suggests that the great effects of this action will take place in new terminals that Huawei launches into the market. In addition to Google, Huawei is related to many other North American companies on which it depends , and in this article we will see how it can affect outside the mobile, in desktop computers.
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Intel, Qualcomm and other manufacturers have joined the blockade of Huawei, according to Bloomberg
Following the executive order of Donald Trump, the government placed Huawei on the Entity List of companies with which US companies are prohibited from maintaining business relationships. With Google has produced the kick-off, because his reaction has been the first to leak, but according to Bloomberg, Intel, Qualcomm or Broadcom will also take similar measures to Google , that is, break commercial relations, made with what would come the end of the support of its products and a cut of supply.
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Although the case of Google is of the utmost importance, since all Huawei terminals sold outside China depend almost entirely on the services of the search engine company , that Intel stops supplying chips and other components is equally serious. Huawei was making a dent among the manufacturers of laptops, with much success in addition, and depends on processors i3, i5, i7 and i9 to give them life. The other major manufacturer that uses chips is AMD, but it is also American and the destination should be the same with the current veto.
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In addition to these components for laptops, Intel also provides server chips, bringing the infrastructure and business support and Huawei applications and services the company runs in them is also at serious risk of having to look for great alternatives .
With the fulfillment of the executive order by Qualcomm, the consequence in computers at the moment seems less serious, but equally so for the future, since Huawei presented in April the Matebook E 2019, which is equipped with a Snapdragon 850 and with an LTE X20 modem. It is, therefore, a team that may not know the arrival to the market.
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Windows may be the next big loss for Huawei, along with Dolby or NVIDIA
If Google has decided to comply with the order of the US Government, nothing to suggest that Microsoft is not next , but for now has not been pronounced. In addition to the manufacturers of components, the dependence of Huawei on Redmond is huge, because so far have been using its desktop operating system. The simile here could be that current computers continue to work with updates from Microsoft, which are less problematic than Android, but Huawei was unable to acquire Windows licenses for new releases, which would lead to having to choose for another option.
For Huawei there is life beyond Android and Windows: the B plan with its own system
That the situation of the commercial veto could arrive, as we said, was an option with a high probability of happening. Therefore, according to statements by Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei, the company was already prepared for a scenario like the current one, both in smartphones and computers:
“We have prepared our own operating system, if it ever happens that we can no longer use these systems (Android and Windows), we would be ready, that’s our plan B. But, of course, we prefer to work with the ecosystems of Google and Microsoft.”
Like Samsung in his day did with Tizen, Huawei would already have an alternative to Android and Windows ready, which would be great news for the company, but on which doubts would weigh until it showed what it is capable of. We have reached a point in software where it is not so important how good a product is, but the compatibilities it offers, and just as the Windows 10 Store has not proven to be essential, the Play Store on Android and the rest of Services are essential for the billions of users of the ecosystem.
Even so, Android is relatively easy to use the open source part, Android Open Source Project (AOSP), and modify it to the taste while maintaining compatibility with Android applications, something that Huawei could try to overcome the more than likely bump. However, in computers there is not much alternative to Windows, although the big problem, as we have reviewed, is that maybe there are no processors to move that alternative. Everything would happen to guarantee compatibility with ARM and use its own Kirin chips, instead of those of Intel or Qualcomm.
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