Huawei has said on several occasions that it can do without Google and now in the latest show of independence, Wang Fei who is the head of Huawei's Consumer Business Group in Austria, made it clear that Huawei does not plan on going back to using Google services even if it regains its license.
A senior Huawei exec confirms, "We don't need Google" but then its headquarters apparently backflips.
The company is apparently ready to lose some market share in the process, as 2020 will be the first year when it won't have a new device with Google apps on board. With Google not allowed to do business with Huawei because of the trade ban, there is not a lot both the companies can do to get Google Play Services back on Huawei's smartphones.
The ban led to Huawei building its own alternative, but building something that can compete against Google Play Services is a hard challenge, even for one of the world's largest smartphone makers. It only said Android open ecosystem which is what the company is already using for its HarmonyOS.
Huawei's aim is to create a third smartphone ecosystem which will be based on Android but will "follow the original from Google in the long term in order to guarantee compatibility". The company is also developing its very own App Gallery as an alternative to the Google Play Store.
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GadgetGuy's take - uncertainty still rules..
But after this news came out, in which people assumed there will be no Huawei and Google reconciliation anytime soon, the Chinese OEM issued a statement to Android Police. The Great Firewall of China!
But at the same time, there's no doubt that Huawei will continue investments in its own operating system, especially as it wants to reduce reliance on American firms that would make it vulnerable should any further sanctions be announced in the coming years. Google is now committed to publishing a vanilla Android version and continually contributing to it if Google Android users play "ball". It did, however, make more concerted efforts to develop and offer its Huawei Mobile Services and AppGallery as a replacement for Google Play Services and Store.
Yes, Huawei wants to keep on being part of the Android family, and it also wants to keep on using Google mobile services, but if that doesn't happen, it's also prepared to keep on going by itself. There is a lengthy discussion on that here. No Google apps, maps, no local banking or shopping apps - nada.