Huawei was already banned from selling its products in the US or working with US companies as of May 2019, with the Trump administration deeming the Chinese company a risk for national security. But then things went from bad to worse, and without getting into much detail, the end result put Huawei out of competition and Google services – out of Huawei phones. I’m not taking any sides here, nor do I know if Huawei is the bad guy, stealing technology secrets from the US and other countries. All I know is that Huawei phones were great when they were around – always trying to push the technology edge a little further. I’m still using my Mate 20 Pro even today (as a second device), and I was properly impressed by the Mate X2 when it arrived for review in the office.
Wow! The verdict is in, and it is unanimous: you guys adore Huawei. Almost 70% of you would buy a Huawei phone if it included Google Services, and another 15% or so currently possess a Huawei smartphone. That’s about 85 percent of those who trust Huawei. Unfortunately, this ship has departed. Huawei is pushing hard with Harmony OS, and it appears that Biden and company are also hesitant to relax the restriction. Huawei, Huawei! Back in 2020, the Chinese business had its own Cinderella moment when it surpassed Samsung to become the world’s leading smartphone producer. Then everything went horribly wrong for Huawei.
So, today we’re leaving all the politics behind and asking you this. Would you buy a Huawei phone if it came with Google apps? Let’s pretend for a moment that the US trade ban has been completely lifted and Huawei phones have regained all Google goodness that’s been lost. Would you buy one?