What's bad for Huawei is good for companies like Xiaomi and Oppo

Xiaomi Mi A2
Xiaomi Mi A2 (Image credit: Android Central)

I know most people reading this will be from the good ole' U.S.A. but not everyone. If that sounds like you, let me say I'm sorry stupid laws have robbed you of what looks like the best Android phone you can buy right now that's missing everything which makes Android great. I'm speaking about the Huawei P40 Pro, of course.

The Huawei P40 Pro is the best phone you won't want to buy

I'm not going to rehash it again, but the tl;dr in case you need it is that Huawei is on the U.S. Entity list which means other companies that wish to do business inside the U.S. cannot do business with Huawei unless they are granted a waiver. That means Google can't provide things like Google Play or Gmail on top of the free open source parts of Android.

As you can expect, this has hurt Huawei's sales in the west tremendously. Huawei was never a big player in North America, but in places like the U.K or Germany, the company moves a lot of phones. Or at least it used to. It turns out that people don't care for Android phones without Google's services and Huawei's attempt isn't winning hearts and minds. Or phone sales.

That's bad news for Huawei, but it's like a gift to companies like Oppo and Xiaomi, who are also Chinese brands but not involved in Patriot Games like Huawei is at the moment. The two companies also make some really great phones with the latest specs, extras like pop-out cameras and bezel-less displays, and great prices considering the hardware you're holding. Just like Huawei does. The difference is that Oppo and Xiaomi have the Play Store and all the services that go along with it.


Source: Android Central (Image credit: Source: Android Central)

This situation kind of sucks for consumers like us, and we're who I really care about. I feel bad for Huawei's situation, and I'm excited to see where Oppo and Xiaomi go with the new revenue, but what I really want is for people to be able to buy whatever phone they like. The P40 Pro looks incredible; too bad it's a non-starter for almost everyone outside of China.

The P40 Pro looks like the best phone for China. Elsewhere, not so much.

Things reach a little deeper, too. There are three companies that make processors used in phones right now: Samsung, Huawei, and Qualcomm. Samsung is cutting back and isn't going to be building its own custom designs any longer. Huawei may be forced to halt production because of U.S. law. That leaves one company: Qualcomm. Qualcomm having any sort of monopoly is really bad based on its own history. That's another article for another time, though.

I'm glad we still have options and that this might allow Oppo or Xiaomi the confidence to expand into North America. I just wish it wasn't being done at the cost of one of the most innovative manufacturers on the planet. Good luck, Huawei. You're going to be needing it.

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • After unleashing hell on earth to the entire world, I'm surprised that you are still in favor of buying Chinese made products. I'm avoiding everything coming out of China like the plague, or in this case, pandemic. The world has to make China pay!
  • A comment as dumb as our president! But then - Americans have never been the world's smartest and the uptick in Trump's approval ratings and comments like this brings it back to light!
  • Americans aren't special, people are as dumb as bricks the world over. I'm not sure if that should make you feel better or worse lol.
  • Quite possibly the stupidest comment I've ever read in here since joining in 2012 and I've read a LOT of stupid comments in that time 🤦🏽‍♂️
  • Yeah, that was the dumbest comment I've seen on here in quite awhile. But Americans drop IQ by the buckets every second that bull horn is in office.
  • Stupid comment and I'm not a Huawei fan but they are being wrongfully made a scapegoat by Trump.
  • I agree. I don't believe this "rat/pangolin" theory. There's more to this than they're letting on.
  • It was bats. Also, are you implying the C-virus was unleashed on purpose? Because that would be pretty stupid...
  • You are so clever. How come you know so much?
  • I read a lot, and try to verify my sources.
  • It's good news for them unless they become too successful and the orange fart decides to overrule the "free market" again.
  • Huawei was never a big player in the US, but in the UK they are. Now with no Google apps sales are down 25%. In the months to come they will definitely get worse?
  • Huawei make awesome hardware... Just ordered a Matepad Pro and I preordered my P40... All the apps I need can be found in the Huawei app gallery, if they are not there natively when you search for them you get a link to download them directly from the app providers website...
  • I'm curious how many people actually realise there are no Google apps on Huawei phones? I mean are phone sellers obliged to tell everyday customers about the Huawei situation coz i bet there are people who will buy these phones then when they try to use their Gmail or Google maps and realise they not only not there but they can't even download them will be totally confused. Not everyone knows all the ins and outs of mobile phones. Would they be allowed a refund or exchange on the grounds of not being given the information from the seller?
  • The difference is most carriers and carrier stores don't sell them now like they did before Trump threw his dummy out the pram. If you want to buy one you need to buy from Huawei directly online or use stores like Amazon etc. There's no salesman trying to convince you to buy one and anyone looking for one will already know what they're getting
  • Carriers in the USA NEVER really sold them even before Trump was elected. There’s been a suspicion of the company and Lenovo also that goes back almost 15 years.
  • I'm sure some will still slip through the net though as like you mentioned if it's not written in black and white when they go to order then they'll just buy it regardless
  • Sorry I should have said I'm from the UK where Huawei has a large presence in the smartphone world along with honor phones too and they are being sold in Carphone warehouse with no mention of the fact they have no Google services. In fact they've made them look even more appealing by giving them snazzy advertising and anyone who isn't 'clued up' on these things could easily be tempted to purchase a Huawei or honor phone. That was my thinking behind my original question, hope it makes more sense now.
  • I can't remember now why the USA has the block on Huawei. Too much Chinese government control?
  • If you try to buy the phone from Huawei's webstore they make the situation very clear regarding Google services... Coming from Windows Phone I'm all in on their services not Google's and as such this is not a big issue for me...