If you have read the news today, you might have learned that Google was forced by the US government to strip of Huawei’s Android licence. All currently excisting Huawei devices will continue to work but they won’t get any further Android updates. In the future Huawei will be forced to use the open source Android version. It also means that future Huawei devices won’t have pre-installed Google services like the PlayStore or YouTube. This is a clear attack by the US government on consumers world-wide. It’s understandable if consumers will be concerned about this. The US government is using false pretences again (the conspiracy that Huawei is a spying tool of China) to take economic actions. Consumers are reminded that the USA uses their own businesses as political tools, and shouldn’t forget that the USA is rather known for the practice of mass surveillance and spying than China. In reality, the recent case with Huawei is an economic attack on China by the USA (Sinophobia). In the past they have shown to invade countries based on fake evidence, they’re also bring up a new cold war atmosphere (Russophobia), and now they’re starting a trade war with economical regions like Europe and China.
As in the recent case, consumers need to become more aware of the fact that it’s impossible to trust US businesses due to the actions of the US government, and that there is a high chance of detriments if we purely rely on these products and services. The proper reaction to these news should be to rely on US independent products and services whenever possible. We also should start to understand with what kind of benefits these actions might come. It’s for example not unlikely that Huawei could be motivated to develop their own OS. This would also be a huge advantage for European consumers because it would create new options since there is currently an US monopoly in this market, which comes with the disadvantage that we have to accept pre-installed applications of untrustworthy origin. But instead of relying on US or Chinese products, we European’s would be well-advised if we would break these monopolies with our own products and services, which could happen with heavy subsidies of the tech market. Also the European Union would be well-advised to impose a heavy fine on Google, because the USA is acting against European consumers. The US failures and excesses shouldn’t be tolerated on our markets.
The recent case shows clearly why foreign companies cannot rely on doing business with US actors, they must develop their own solutions. And why foreign consumers can not rely on US products and services. If there are options, we should rely on alternative origins. Huawei is a good example of a quality product with a much lower price point. There is no need to trust in US products if there are much better alternatives on the market. Foreign businesses, especially in the tech industry, would be well-advised to develop their own ecosystems to become independent of trade-war aggressors like the USA. I also want to put out the reminder that Edward Snowden is living in Russia because he exposed how the USA is using their businesses and technologies to spy on the rest of the world, and there is a reason why he can’t go back home. We need to wake up and call the most hypocritical nation in this world by name.
The US government is not just acting against an economic zone or foreign businesses, it’s also an act against consumers. And we consumers must take this fight and act accordingly, which can be done by looking for alternatives to the US products or services we’re looking for. It might not be possible in all cases, but that is not the point. The point is to become aware of what your options are, and what the options will become in the future. I’ve purchases Chinese products in the past, and as you might have noticed as well, it’s a blatant lie that their products are inferior. In reality they can have equal or superior quality at a much better price point, which is why the US government is trying everything to make you stop buying their products. Also, if you are from Europe, watch out for European products, instead of US products. If possible, support your local economy.
This is how you can fight back as a consumer. This is how you fight politicians with hegemonial delusions and phobias. The world will change anyway, sooner or later, and the markets do already, which is why they’re getting nervous and why they act erratic. As it is now, they’re just trying to play the big boys as long as they still can. But their decline has already begun. By acting accordingly, you can speed the process up as a consumer, because if everyone does it, we’re getting diversity and we’re getting independent of them dictating what to buy. For them, free trade is only allowed if they have the monopoly. As a consumer you don’t want a monopoly, you want options. If you can, stop supporting those who want to dictate how you use your wallet.
Related to Huawei, it will be interesting to see what happens next. If they really develop their own OS in the future, it will probably become very successful in Europe because of the low costs of their mobile devices. The open-source route would be interesting as well. They’re known to offer decent mobile devices and I don’t think there are just a few people waiting to get out of US software ecosystems. It might also spark off a new trend away from closed app ecosystems like the GooglePlay store. I don’t think it will be easier to compete with Huawei. But what ever happens, we just need to learn the lesson here. If we only rely on US products and services, we restrict ourselves and stay dependent on them. Let’s hope that the European Union acts accordingly.