ZTE may be without an operating system following U.S. ban

ZTE may be without an operating system following U.S. ban
By now many people have heard about ZTE being banned from receiving exports from the U.S. Just today we reported how this affects the popular chip maker Qualcomm. Sources have now reported that talks are taking place between Google and ZTE regarding the use of Android on the company's devices. Google (and its parent company Alphabet), are American companies and the ban restricts ZTE from receiving both parts and software. It would seem possible that the OS would be included in this ban and so both companies are discussing the full ramifications of the regulations. 

What to do next? 


Well, it will certainly be interesting to see what steps are taken depending on the outcome. It is common knowledge that the mobile market is predominantly a two-platform system. Historically, attempts at creating another mobile OS do not fare well at all. This could leave ZTE in a tight spot for future handhelds. It remains to be seen how the ban will affect ZTE, Qualcomm and possibly Google (although they are the least likely to be affected in any major way). The new restrictions are sure to place a squeeze on ZTE and most likely on parts manufacturers that rely on those exports. It is likely that this ban is just the beginning of more regulatory action regarding technology flowing in and out of the U.S. As of today, there is still no word on the outcome of the discussion.

source: Reuters

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20 Comments

1. Subie

Posts: 2370; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I'm sure Samsung will let them try Tizen...

7. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3139; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I was thinking more along the lines of Sailfish. Provided Jolla doesn't charge them $49.95 like they're doing with consumers.

10. Subie

Posts: 2370; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

That's another interesting option.

15. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

being an Xperia X user, I lost all the interests of trying Jolla because of this $49.95

11. Papa_Ji

Posts: 853; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

18. TheOracle1

Posts: 2299; Member since: May 04, 2015

Misleading title for this article since it's speculating on theoretical possibilities. It's also envisioning a very slippery slope. If this were to happen then apps would have to be included too and how would that be enforced? In any case there are many options for ZTE including miui, emui, lineage etc. I have a Mi Mix2 running the Chinese Oreo rom that came without gapps and it was perfectly fine before I added gapps. ZTE could quite easily do the same since the apps are free and no money is exchanged. Using miui or emui, for example, would probably also allow them to be Google certified under Xiaomi, Huawei or any other OEM. As for the soc, the Kirin series is just as good as any Qualcomm chip.

20. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

Hope Samsung don't make that mistake. All these cheap chinese companies should be banned from all countries, not just the US, and left to die.

2. tangbunna

Posts: 480; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

i will use zte phone

3. alexiboat

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 13, 2016

Without Android zte is dead

4. mixedfish

Posts: 1557; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

What a dumb world we live in, 21st century and Governments still play the Cold War game. I'm no customer of ZTE but you would think they contribute billions of dollars to the world economy and that fuels innovation and jobs to all it's suppliers and partners. It's as if no one learnt anything about how economic collapses during the 20th century started.

5. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I think you are trying to make a connection where there is none.

6. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3139; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

His assertions are dead nuts accurate. If you can't see how this affects jobs in the US and elsewhere then you're dumber than a bag of dicks.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4220; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

That's a given regardless of whether he gets it or not.

12. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Attempting to connect ZTE not being able to use android, and the repercussions, to the Great Depression (assuming that’s the economic collapse he was referring to) is a far reaching, fear mongering, six degrees of Kevin Bacon, conspiracy theory. Not to mention nowhere even close to the reason for such a collapse. Perhaps try to stop being a Chicken Little soy boy leftist, and use the logical (instead of feminine emotional) side of your brain. BTW, Jeff Bezos is a Caucasian. Nice try trying to claim he’s Cuban in another articles comments.

14. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1568; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

This just adds to everything the Trump administration is doing trying to start a trade war. We are going to see inflation and negative economic impact well before we see any gains.

8. brasstax

Posts: 542; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Isn't Android open source and thus free? Also what's to prevent ZTE from using lineage OS variant of android? ZTE will not be affected.

13. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

They may be able to do that, but I think it would affect them being able to pre-install any Google apps or the Play Store.

16. Matthew_Mills

Posts: 21; Member since: Apr 08, 2018

I agree i thought of Sailfish too. That would really be interesting to see. A lot of cool things in that OS. Nothing stopping ZTE from using some variant of Android, but the official Google support for the OS plays a big part. If they can no longer provide that support than it would be quite the jam. Not sure how that would affect US imports of the device.

17. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

The United States government is losing more playing the Cold War game with China than China is losing. Both Qualcomm and google, US companies, are affected by the decision to ban ZTE. I can already see some form of a ban on other chines products soon. If this madness isn’t stopped, there won’t be any loser other than the United States!

19. SaRPeR

Posts: 145; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

There are still Exynos, MediaTek and HiSilicon for the chipset and ZTE can still use Android without Google Play Services like some Chinese brands do in China.

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