It looks like the tussle between the US government and the China-based firm Huawei is not very likely to end up so soon. To give a background, America had imposed a ban on the use of Huawei-based hardware and software components on all its communication networks, citing security issues.
This ban also affected the company’s smartphones and laptops, wherein these devices were forbidden from using Android and Windows-based operating systems, both of which are created and maintained by Google and Microsoft respectively, which are well-known firms based out of the US.
Now, according to reports by the US daily newspaper The Wall Street Journal, Huawei, which is also the world’s second-largest smartphone manufacturer, has manufactured Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro. And apparently, both these devices do not contain any components manufactured by the US. In short, Huawei has declared that these devices are “America-free”.
A spokesperson from Huawei even made a statement saying that all, going further, all of their 5G-based devices, too, would not include any hardware or software units based out of the US. Huawei is well-known for manufacturing devices that can use 5G-based technology within them.
Considering the fact that Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro are both free of any American-based hardware and software, it is quite obvious that both these devices would be without any of the Google Play apps. It could be due to this fact that both these Huawei-based devices have still not been given global recognition.
Now coming to 5G, there are many countries out there, for instance, the UK, which are struggling to come to terms with the fact that the US would not be using Huawei’s 5G technology. However, countries like Australia and New Zealand have already decided to do away with the Chinese company’s 5G.
Another issue that could bother Huawei is that, though these phones do not have any links to any of the US-based technologies, it could be possible that many of the hardware or software programs used within the device may require licenses that need approval from the US-based firms. One needs to see how Huawei sorts this out.
Despite all these shortcomings, the fact that Huawei has manufactured US-free devices in a first of its sorts is certainly worth applauding.
There are further reports from unknown sources that the US President Donald Trump is planning to extend the ban on Huawei from using not only American components but also components from foreign firms that have set up ties with the US. If this news is true, this will end up pushing Huawei into further trouble.
However, one cannot say for sure if this news is to be believed. This is because it looked like the US actually intends to relax the ban it had put up on Huawei. This is considering the fact that Microsoft was provided with a license to work with Huawei again, giving rise to implications that Google could be next in line to re-establish ties with the Chinese firm.
As of now, both Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, are coming on board without any in-built Google applications in them. One has to actually see how these phones would do without any Google or Microsoft based applications.
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