Back in 2019, Huawei had faced a ban from the US Government, with the Chinese tech giant being placed in the “Entity List.” This effectively blacklisted the company, banning them from working, trading or buying and selling goods and services from or to another company based in the US. Meaning, Huawei could no longer support Google Mobile Services (GMS) on their new releases and had to ship smartphones with vanilla Android.
Following this, Huawei had to develop its own alternative, which is the now available Huawei Mobile services with its own AppGallery and more. The ban from the US Government had severely hampered the company’s plans, but it had also boosted Huawei’s future plans for its smartphones that featured more proprietary software and hardware.
Now, in a recent interview with Wired, Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, mentioned that he wants to bring Google and its services back to their smartphones. The senior executive stated that the company had raked in large sums of profits for Google and had been “very good partners.” Furthermore, he hopes that “we can get a license from the US government. We are open. In the interests of the value of those US companies, they should… I hope they can give us the license.”
In other words, Google services like Play Store would be preferable as it still offers more choice in comparison to the newly launched HMS (Huawei Mobile Services). According to Richard, they wish to stay on the Android platform with Google’s integral services. For this, the company would require the US Government’s license, which is given to company’s that wish to cooperate with Huawei since the ban.
The CEO also talked about other aspects of the interview as well, touching on the topic of the effect of the recent Coronavirus outbreak while discussing its Celia voice assistant, AppGallery and TomTom map system. The new software is meant to fill in the void left by Google while the company is taking active steps in providing precautionary and health safety measures in its factories in China.