Huawei Denies Not Wanting to Return to Using Google Services

Huawei Denies Not Wanting to Return to Using Google Services

Huawei Denies Not Wanting to Return to Using Google Services

There was no wiggle room in what Huawei told me, I asked them several times (as I was rather surprised myself) and they insisted on not going back to Google - even if the United States ban falls. Following the trade ban from the USA government, Huawei was forced to stop doing business with Google, preventing the company from shipping its new phones with Google Play Services.

Fred Wangfei, Huawei's manager for Austria, has now revealed that Huawei has no plans to use Google services even if USA lifts the ban in the future. "Our first choice is the open Android ecosystem, including GMS (Google Mobile Services) - that was what helped us become number two in the world for smartphone shipments", a Huawei spokesperson told The Verge.

In both the long and short term, Huawei wants its version of Android to stay as close as possible to Google's to burden app developers with little to no additional work. Huawei is also developing App Gallery as an alternative to Google Play Store.

Although we won't know for certain until we get a direct quote from Huawei, the evidence is mounting that Fred Wangfei's statements are sanctioned by the company. It expects that the lack of Google apps will lower its market share initially. While discussing Huaweis long-term strategy in Austria, Fei clearly iterated that the company wants to get rid of this dependence on U.S. politics and is ruling out a return to Googles app and service ecosystem even if it was on the table.

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