Huawei company has confirmed that the US sanctions were hurting this company badly, especially due to the absence of Google’s core Android software, Play Store and popular apps like Maps and Search on its devices.
According to a Financial Times report, Huawei hasn’t been successful in finding replacements for Google apps which are very popular on Android devices across the globe.
Joy Tan, Vice President of Public Affairs at Huawei US announced on Sunday that “There are so many Android users in Europe and south-east Asia. They’re so used to these Google applications on top of Android phones. We can continue to use the Android platform since it is open-source, but we cannot use the services that help apps run on it.”
Google was barred from selling Android licenses to Huawei Under the terms of the previous US trade ban which means Huawei phones can use the base open-source code, but can’t have access to the all-important Google apps and Play Store.
A temporary license was issued which allows Google to update and support the Android OS currently running on existing Huawei devices.
The trade ban has impacted the development of Huawei’s future products. This company is also working on its own operating system which is called HarmonyOS but that is far from reality.
Last week Huawei generated 610.8 billion yuan ($86 billion) revenue during the first three quarters of this year in spite of trade restrictions put in place by the US.
Richard Yu, the head of Huawei’s consumer business mentioned during a media interview last month that this company would start using its HarmonyOS if this situation does not change with the US government.
The newly-launched Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro doesn’t have access to Google Play services.
Ahead of the next round of trade negotiations between Washington and Beijing, US President Donald Trump’s administration is mulling to issue licenses to some American firms that will allow them to sell non-sensitive equipment to Huawei.