Playground Politics in the Real World

Google’s Blacklisting of Huawei and the subsequent withdrawal of their license is basically the equivalent of the spiteful kid who takes his ball if the other kids are too good at playing with it.
On Monday 20 May 2019, Google announced that it has withdrawn Huawei’s rights to make use of its platform and will no longer grant access to Huawei devices on their network. On the surface, this has major impacts for Huawei as a whole, but even greater loss for South Africans, but if one had to keep an open mind and dive deeper into this, it could actually spell the dawning of a new era.


On the service, this may seem as if Google’s decision is rather sudden and out of the blue. But in reality, it has been a long time coming. With Google being but the latest and last party to be dragged into the Geopolitical war between China and the US. Basically, Google is the equivalent of Apple’s Big Brother being roped in to fight its battle.


For the sake of context, a recent report on Apple’s financials indicated a 6% drop in market share and a 60% drop in year on year sales. This simply means that Apple products no longer have the loyal support of the “global sheep” and is basically bleeding out. As an avid Samsung supporter, I would have loved to report that Samsung has finally won the war and is the reason for Apple’s demise, but sadly, Samsung has also been a casualty of the war and has sustained some fatal wounds of its own. Particularly after launching its new flagship mobile device, the Samsung S10. Which, despite a mammoth marketing budget and hopes of reversing the sales decline, has done little to change their fortunes.


The smartphone global market has been dominated by Samsung and Apple for the last few years, with Samsung being the leading smartphone provider and Apple as its number 2 according to TrendForce and Reuters in 2018. However, 2019 has been off to a flying start with Huawei successfully pipping Apple amidst Apple’s continued global fall from dominance following their latest dismal sales figures for Q1. All of which has culminated into the recent action by the US and Google to cut Huawei by the knees. Respectfully said, the US justifiable did so to protect Apple and the potential far-reaching loss of jobs and resulting effects it will have on its citizens and economy.


Huawei was, however, alert to this and have reportedly already begun making preparations for their inevitable blacklist from the Google Platform by launching their own in house operating system which will still be capable of supporting their devices sustain their growth. The new blacklist and ban from Google services is not all doom and gloom, and might very well be the driving force that will see Huawei surpass Samsung as this would now effectively mean Huawei is set to have the best flexibility and diversification of Android on a closed operating system similar to that of Apple’s iOS. All ingredients to further support the predictions that Huawei will be the leading smartphone and mobile operator by the year 2021.


It is somewhat pleasant to see playground politics make its way into the real world. Albeit it with a lot more devastating results for the incent bystanders.