In exactly the same week as the GOT finale, Captain America decided to flex his muscles, with a trade ban on Huawei. By effectively blocking any US technology from being supplied to the world’s fastest growing smartphone manufacturer, the immediate consequence was a Google threat to revoke Huawei’s access to the Android operating system and the Google Play Store. ARM followed suit as did Intel and Qualcomm, in a seeming tactic of deprivation.
The larger picture is one of a straightout Trade War. And we all know that in war, everyone loses. While Huawei has 5G technology far ahead of any company on the planet, with an incredibly consistent line of devices, if the country retaliates, this could mean the collateral loss of thousands of jobs in the US, repercussions to companies like Apple who almost totally manufacture there, not to mention potential long term losses for chip and component manufacturers.
So that’s the larger size picture, where we are today.
I have been a committed user of Huawei devices for the last 4 years, with the Huawei Mate 20 X as my primary work device. So what does this whole scenario mean to me and other end-users of Huawei devices in the Middle East?
It’s easy to get caught up in the blame game of what could be, yet let’s face it:
The temporary ‘ban’ on Huawei devices and potential issues therewith, extend potentially only to forthcoming devices from Huawei, not to current devices.
All current users of Huawei devices in the UAE have full access to the Android platform, updates and to apps on the PlayStore.
Telecom operators in the UAE are fully behind the brand, as evidenced by du’s statement to Khaleej Times that “From our side, all customers who purchased Huawei devices from du are still under warranty. Additionally, they can visit the Huawei service centre for any handset support issues or queries. According to Huawei, the company will continue to provide security updates and after sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet customers. This covers those that have been sold and those that are still in stock globally.”
So while a game that easily extends far beyond the smartphone world into the murky side of geopolitics is being played out on a global scale, understand this. As a UAE user, your current Huawei device is totally not part of the equation.