Ever since the launch of the Huawei Mate 30 series, Huawei has not used Google Play Services. This is because of the current trade ban where Huawei is not allowed to do business with US companies, Google included. As such, Huawei has since moved on to alternatives and is working on its own set of services to replace Google.
So the question is, should the day ever come where the trade ban is lift, would Huawei resume their business with Google again? You would assume so, but apparently that is not the case. This is according to Huawei’s Austrian country manager Fred Wangfei where he said that the company wants to gain its independence and be free from US politics.
This is because there’s no telling if another trade war might erupt again, and Huawei gets caught in the middle of it, yet again. It completely makes sense, and it also applies not just to the US, but to other countries as well, where the more independent Huawei remains, the less reliant they’ll be on others in the future.
Plus, based on how many phones Huawei has managed to sell, even with 2019 not necessarily be a great year for them, it seems that Huawei customers don’t appear to be too fazed about the lack of Google Play Services on their phones. Of course, should Huawei ever switch to its own operating system, that would be a completely different story. But for now, it seems that Huawei is in no rush to run back into Google’s arms.
Huawei has also since provided a statement which reads:
“An open Android ecosystem is still our first choice, but if we are not able to continue to use it, we have the ability to develop our own.”
Source: Der Standard