By now, the news on the cessation of Google services to Huawei should have rippled across the world. It is definitely a tough pill to swallow not just for the Chinese company but also for their consumers.
Without a doubt, Huawei makes one of the best smartphones in the world. Its cameras are sublime.
However, without Google services, no matter how great the cameras are, there are practically nothing consumers can do on their devices. No Gmail, no YouTube and no Play Store. Hence, many are flocking to Carousell or to second-hand mobile retailers to dump their phones, though the full-fledge effect is still not exactly known. Can we blame them?
Amid all these chaos among the consumers, Huawei posted an update on their Facebook page addressing the issue.
In their Facebook post, Huawei said:
“Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry.
Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products covering those have been sold or still in stock globally.
We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.”
Yes. Huawei will be tapping on the open-source platform, also known as the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). But it is still a scaled down version of full Android without Google services including their critical apps for consumers outside China. It’s still unsure how deep the impact will be on the company, but one thing for sure is that this effect will leave many to think twice before buying the next Huawei device even after the suspension is lifted in the future.
As Huawei continues its uphill battle to rebuild their credibility, it’s also heartening to see how strong a cult it has built with its marketing strategy and engineering prowess, with many of its consumers flocking to their Facebook page to show their support.
A Facebook user by the name Evelyn Sando said:
“Despite of the news that break out today, I still say that I’m in love with my Huawei phone (P20Pro). Hoping that the company will be able to overcome the challenges. It might take times, but I will be waiting and supporting Huawei! Press on!!”
Another user, Murphy Saranyu, also called for a new Huawei Era with his hashtag:
Huawei Mobile your very existence and strengths invite challenges, but that’s ok !! You guys will get pass this period very soon and be able to shine on your own without relying on crappy US products. Looking forward to your new OS and products as always. #letthenewhuaweierabegins
One user even bought a new device to show her support:
Shirny Luo: “Just ordered a new Huawei P30 from Singtel”
It seems like many are still having Huawei’s back even when uncertainty looms over the Chinese company. But until everyone has a clearer picture of the changes on how it will be like using a device without Google services, one will never know the differences.
Whatever it is, we’ll continue to keep tabs on the situation. So stay tuned for more updates.