Despite the various extensions that the American government has given to Huawei, the new mobiles of the Chinese brand have been arriving without Google’s services. Neither the Play Store, nor Gmail, nor Google Maps nor the other applications that Google usually offers by default on Android phones. The exemption of the veto to Huawei has been extended for the fourth time, but the situation remains delicate.
Now, Google wants to take another step in the normalization of relations and has requested a license from the United States to be able to work again with Huawei with the intention of not losing all the momentum that the Chinese brand offers worldwide. This is how Sameer Samat, VP of Android and Google Play, explains it to the German news agency DPA.
Google, following in the footsteps of Microsoft
Wilbur Ross, the US Secretary of Commerce, explained last November that the positions between the two powers had come closer and declared that the pressure on Huawei could be relaxed “very soon”. In an interview with Bloomberg, Ross indicated that some 300 companies had applied to work with Huawei and that some of them might be eligible for a license.
“About half of them, or a quarter of the total, have been approved and the rest denied,” Ross said weeks later.
Microsoft is known to have received approval from the US to work with Huawei to offer both its Windows operating system and its applications on Huawei’s laptops, as we have seen in the recent MateBook and MatePad.
Huawei’s managers said that its inclusion in the ‘Entity List‘ “has been more detrimental to the U.S. than to Huawei” because of the economic impact it has had on the American companies with which Huawei collaborates. Some like Microsoft have been able to collaborate with Huawei again and now Google hopes to do the same.
However, during these months Huawei has not stood still and has explained that it will invest $1 billion in her own alternative: the HMS Core and its App Gallery. In fact, Fred Wanfei, Huawei’s country manager in Austria, said that even if the U.S. veto was lifted, Huawei would never collaborate with Google again.
Now Huawei is in control
According to Reuters, Huawei plans to partner with other Chinese mobile giants such as Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo, while mobiles such as the Mate 30 Pro are also known to be ready to adopt Google applications if necessary.
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei, explained almost hyperbolically, that “one night” would be enough to bring back Google’s applications in case the veto was lifted. That was during the presentation of the Mate 30 Pro, over five months ago. Time enough for the Chinese giant to perhaps make the decision not to go back.
And now, interestingly enough, it is the American companies that have to start begging the Asian giant to let them cooperate again.
As things stand today, where China is increasingly emerging as the power that could eventually displace the United States in all areas, no company should joke with them and this is something Huawei knows all too well and it may now be their turn to get even for the mistreatment they have received from the American government.
Millions of dollars are at stake for the big American companies who know well that they should not tempt a company like Huawei who can even develop, if he so wishes, his own operating system to completely dissociate himself from companies like Microsoft and it seems that it is the Americans’ turn to offer excuses so that everything can return to normal… if Huawei so accepts.