The whole brouhaha between Huawei and the U.S. eventually led to a ban on Huawei by the U.S. The initial ban simply says that American companies can not do business with Huawei. This means that Huawei can not buy Qualcomm chips or use Google Play Store. However, Huawei can purchase MediaTek or Samsung’s chips because they are not American companies. This ban did not have any effect on Huawei and with the help of Honor smartphones, it still rose to top smartphone manufacturer globally in a quarter after the ban. Seeing that its ban was ineffective on Huawei, the U.S. further strengthened the ban by saying that all companies that use American technology can not do business with Huawei.
This means that if you use an American-made machine to produce your chip, you can’t do business with Huawei. If you do, the U.S. will ban the American company from shipping or maintaining that equipment. At this point, it was game-over for Huawei. Considering that Honor smartphones will suffer, the company had to sell off its Honor sub-brand. We had the expectation that after the sale, Honor will start using Google Mobile services again. However, this has not been the case.
According to reports from @手机片达人, although Honor has become independent, it has not yet obtained Google’s Android authorization. This means that Honor smartphones can not use Google Mobile Services (GMS). The lack of GMS means that Honor can not make many sales outside China. For this reason, Honor is reducing its sales forecast for this year.
Honor has some American companies in its supply chain
Since its independence, Honor has gradually recovered the partners and suppliers. The likes of AMD, Qualcomm, Samsung, Microsoft, Intel, MediaTek, etc are back to its supply chain. The company will even launch a flagship with the Snapdragon 888/Pro in the second half of the year.
Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is a complete solution for Android hardware and software developers. At present, most Chinese mobile phone manufacturers use deeply customized AOSP ROM. However, it becomes internationally legal after Google’s certification.
That is to say, each manufacturer will customize its AOSP (wide concept, open-source content, and independent property content) with GMS and other Google private closed source services such as drivers, etc., and then after Google certification). Simply put, the Android trademark belongs to Google, and only certified models can use the wording. Previously, due to a ban, Huawei had to ditch Android for its own HarmonyOS.