The Rise of Huawei
Following the Trump administration’s decision to blacklist Huawei, the most significant blow to the Chinese manufactirer came from Google. The decision to revoke Huawei’s Android license and suspend any business that requires the transfer of hardware, software or technical services, is in compliance with Trump’s executive order.
Google’s decision marks a significant setback to Huawei’s smartphone ambitions, as it immediately bans the company from receiving future Android updates and using Google’s proprietary apps. While Huawei cannot be banned from using the open source version of Android to build its own operating system based on Android code, the lack of access to Google’s Play Store and its popular line of apps would severely limit the appeal of Huawei devices, especially for customers outside of China, where most of Google’s services are banned anyway.
Having overtaken Apple as the world’s second largest smartphone vendor in the first quarter of 2019, Huawei’s rise in the smartphone market has been nothing short of impressive. According to Gartner, the company sold more than 200 million smartphones in 2018, accounting for 13 percent of global sales. Aside from its market leading position in China and large parts of Asia, Huawei has become one of the most popular smartphone brands in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East in recent years, though it has never made a breakthrough in the United States.