The trade war initiated by Trump against China might seem like a distant tariffs affair but where the Chinese flagship company Huawei is concerned, it’s a different matter.
The fact is that Huawei smart phones account for one out of every three phones owned in Spain, which means that it is going to seriously affect Spanish consumers.
With Google‘s slammed door on Huawei, it highlights like never before how much power these internet giants hold sway over all of us.
If you have a Huawei mobile phone, then you soon won’t be able to use Google Maps, Google Play, Youtube Google Earth, Gmail or Whatsapp. Omnipresent Google owns the Android operating system on which Huawei phones operate.
Mobile-phone shops across Granada, for example, are being flooded by concerned Huawei users; people wanting to swap in their recently acquired Huawei phone for one of a different brand. The trouble is that their product warranty does not cover such a situation. In other words, shops won’t accept them back.
In the meantime, Huawei has said that it would “continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold or are still in stock globally,” adding, “We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.”
At the moment there is no problem for Huawei users but later this year Android will be updated and that’s where the crunch comes. The phones and tablets will still work, but you won’t be able to update them, which means that slowly the apps will stop working.
If you own an iPhone you will already remember how Apple carries out forced obsolescence: you had an iPhone 4 and suddenly, you couldn’t update your Whatsapp because you couldn’t update your IOS.
And speaking of iPhones... who actually make fewer mobiles than Huawei, everybody is waiting to see how China will react to this American company that makes all of its phones in that country…
(News: Granada, Spain)