( Photo: Reuters)
( Photo: Reuters)

Opinion | Google uninstalls Huawei

As Huawei loses access to updates on the Android operating system, anyone using a Huawei smartphone is sure to be miffed

With Google having suspended business ties with Huawei, cutting the Chinese telecom major off from its technology, the US-China trade war has taken a turn that directly affects you, the consumer. As Huawei loses access to updates on the Android operating system, anyone using a Huawei smartphone is sure to be miffed. The fact that Google Play and Play Protect would continue to function on existing phones isn’t much consolation. It just means your Huawei smartphone hasn’t turned into a brick. But future versions of Huawei smartphones would have to do without proprietary apps such as Gmail, Google Chrome and YouTube, unless, of course, the Chinese company manages to get open-source equivalents to fill in.

Still, that may be too much forbearance to ask for. Not being able have your inbox at the touch of your finger tips, or play that Jonas Brothers’ music video in a split second, or knowing that there is a certain browser that you can’t install is just not cool. There may be circuitous ways to access all of the above, but these may be too much of a hassle for millennials.

The other effect it may have is to make ordinary folk wonder about what’s really going on. Just what has gone so wrong between China and America that people here in India are being pushed into deprivation? Huawei has been accused to espionage in America, but if this is so, then the US authorities should show the rest of us the evidence. Else, it looks as if the world’s leading country is afraid of losing a technological edge in telecom to China. That would be a reputational win for Huawei.

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