In the technical, economic and political conflict between Washington and Beijing - after the atomic bombs against Chinese industries and their telephone operators - the machine guns are coming on those who use Huawei smartphones. Individual users, who chose that manufacturer appreciating the high performance of its mobile phones and a substantial attractiveness for a not excessive price, find themselves with a substantially crippled device.
The "apps" displayed in Google Play (and up to now accessible indiscriminately from any phone with an Android operating system) will begin to resemble the delicacies in the pastry shop window which, once enticed, passers-by will be impossible to obtain. The user will not even get to put his nose against the glass because Google's computer systems, having recognized the device used by the user, will prevent them from approaching the desk where the applications to be used in the most different ways are exposed.
Who has a Huawei phone will not lose the applications installed so far but surely will no longer (unless changed) to proceed with their often fundamental update. In case you discover a dangerous vulnerability in an "app", those who use a smartphone from the Shenzhen company will not be able to do anything but provide for the uninstallation unless they decide to take some risks.
It's not over here. The barricade that Google imagined goes to block the use of all those services that are typical of its own platform. The first obstacle is linked to Gmail, the e-mail service that boasts millions of users among Huawei mobile phone owners. The inability to use the correspondence system - so convenient "on the move" - entails a serious penalty, not less than that determined by the impediment to access the applications "store". The user will still be able to use his own mailbox but will have to do so by accessing the service through the web browser (ie the Internet browsing program) without being able to take advantage of the convenience of the app which integrates a greater number of useful functions.
The bolt from the blue (little need to have made the call to the meteorological follies of recent times) also stuns the technology agnostics, but let's hope for some signal from the Chinese telecommunications giant. Certainly, Huawei will put the resources in place to ensure a sort of "first aid", so as to ensure the protection of devices from future pitfalls, but it will be difficult for it to soon be able to provide a broad spectrum coverage of the problems destined little by little to surface.
We expect a hypothetical HMail (let's imagine a Huawei Mail in direct competition with Google) or we can hypothesize the creation of "apps" that please the increasingly demanding users. Possible, but not so easy. It takes time to design, develop, test and then persuade users to change the habits acquired with the constant use of certain applications.
Time is the real enemy in an age when one is devoured by rapidity and contextuality. The "domestic" clientele, or the huge army of end users, may have no patience to wait. The enticements of some commercial initiatives of other manufacturers could lead users to change the phone and not the apps.
If so, Huawei must immediately strike a blow.