Why is President Trump blocking Huawei phones

What the Huawei ban means for smartphone owners worldwide

The US has taken its fight against the Chinese smartphone giant Huawei to a new level. And thereby risking the security of millions of smartphone users.

The US has been accusing the Chinese manufacturer of network equipment and smartphones of espionage at regular intervals since 2007. The company is said to work for the Chinese government and to have implemented a "kill switch" and backdoors in their software to paralyze the western world. Donald Trump was the first to take this step. Indirectly, because the US President's trick to blacklist Huawei, paralyzes Huawei.

US companies are no longer allowed to work with Huawei. The rigorous step has now been relaxed a little. 90 days can still be worked. The main focus is on supplying existing smartphone users and operating cellular networks with Huawei technology.

What does the ban mean for smartphone users

For users of Huawei smartphones, the new deadline means that Google can continue to provide the phones with full updates and apps for the three months. The ministry will evaluate whether the regulation will be extended beyond 90 days.

For existing smartphones: In addition, Huawei assured in an official statement that the company would continue to "provide security updates and services for all existing Huawei and Honor smartphones and tablets". The Chinese did not mention Google or Android in this context. It can therefore be assumed that the security gaps in Android will be plugged by Huawei itself in the future.

Access to the Play Store, the central point of contact for apps in Android, should still be possible. This also means that the applications will continue to receive updates. Existing smartphone users will hardly notice the restrictions in the coming months.

For upcoming smartphones: On the other hand, things get exciting with new devices. Because the ban does not only affect Google, even if it stands out as the Android licensor. Broadcom, Qualcomm, Intel are also no longer allowed to work with Huawei. Any US technology will no longer be found in new Huawei devices.

Isn't Android an open source system?

Yes, in itself. Any manufacturer can get the system from the Android Open Source Project. The Android, as we know it as users, comes from Google. And for this you need a license in order to be able to use all Google services. An Android smartphone from Huawei without Google would then be without a map service, without PlayStore, without Gmail.

There are numerous alternatives, such as Here or Open Street Maps, but the advantage of the Google apps is that they are interlinked.

Will Huawei stick to Android?

In the past, Huawei announced several times that it was working on its own software. However, progress was not communicated. Questions in this regard were mostly dismissed with the fact that one was very satisfied with Google as a software partner. In the past few months, the two companies have worked intensively on the development of the Mate X. As with the Galaxy Fold, manufacturers of foldable smartphones also face major software challenges.

That Huawei will continue to bring Android devices onto the market is just as open as the question of whether Huawei will come up with its own operating system. But that could harm Google in particular.

The Huawei headquarters in Shenzhen are in crisis mode and are trying to establish a dialogue with the USA. In an interview with the Chinese state broadcaster, however, the company founder was calm. The restrictions are of "minor importance," said Ren Zhengfei. Huawei is prepared for anything. US politicians underestimated the strength of the Chinese company.

Huawei is able to manufacture its own chips. "We can build the same chips as US vendors," said Ren. However, that does not mean that they no longer want to buy US chips. In "peaceful times" half of the chips installed by Huawei come from the USA, the other half is produced by you. Ren also promised that the US sanctions would not cause any delays in the delivery of equipment for super-fast 5G data transmission. Huawei is two to three years ahead of all other technology providers.

Google called Zhengfei a "good company" that acts responsibly. A solution is being discussed with the US company.

The trade dispute goes into the next round

According to initial information, China is now also considering restricting access to raw materials for the USA. The rare earths that are needed to manufacture PCs and smartphones can be found in China. The main buyers from the USA are Apple and Dell. Donald Trump's move could turn into a boomerang.