Although the Trump administration has put the ban on Huawei to maintain national security by keeping China’s pet telecom company out of the US market. But the recent discussion, according to the Financial Times, with the US government states that the Huawei ban is bad to national security but Google is asking for an exemption from the export ban.
Google argument is, currently, the Huawei is dependent on Google’s Android operating system for mobiles which is a good thing for the United States. Financial Times wrote that
one person with knowledge of the conversations, Google has been arguing that by stopping it from dealing with Chinese company Huawei, the United States risks creating two kinds of Android OS: the genuine version and a hybrid one. The hybrid one is likely to have more bugs in it than the Google one, and so could put Huawei smartphones more at risk of being hacked, not least by China.
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Google argues that the non-Google Play versions of Android OS exist in China and it is rare that any of them are different from Google version of Android beyond the preloaded application selections.
The Chinese mobile phones manufacturers are still the global mobile phone distributors and all use their own build Google-approved Android OSes for the non-Chinese market.
What actually happens with that is, only a single operating system goes through the Google testing process. After that, it gets split into two versions where the international version gets the Google apps, whereas the Chinese version gets the china centric applications.
So, technically even the Chinese Android OS is still Android forks, just because they don’t ship with Google play they are not that much different from the Google-approved Android OS.
Even the devices that don’t use Google apps there is still updating and some level security going to those devices that are the Google control over the Android ecosystem.
The first Google argument in the Financial Times is, the more secure devices are better for national security.
The second Google argument is, as mentioned above that the Ban on Huawei will create two different Android OSes that will hurt the monopoly of Google for the mobile operating system. Because currently if mobile phone manufacturers look for a mobile operating system, Android is the only choice.
Moreover, Android holds the share of 86.6/13.3 worldwide for Android and iOS respectively, according to the IDC, and others are at 0.0% market share. The United States has a monopoly on smartphone OS.