PETALING JAYA: As news of internet giant Google suspending its business with Chinese telecommunication giant Huawei filtered down, many would have assumed that sale of its devices would be on the decline.
However, traders from Digital Mall here and Low Yat Plaza in Kuala Lumpur said otherwise.
Kenny Yong, a smartphone trader from Digital Mall, said news that Google would no longer do business with Huawei would not affect his business negatively.
"It has been a few days now. I am sure that our business will not be affected in a negative way," said the 45 year old.
Another smartphone trader, Wong Chan Yee, 33, believes the move would not affect the Malaysian market much, although the possibility of people trading in their phones was still there.
"As of now, no one has come in to dispose of their Huawei phones.
"Maybe in the coming weeks people may come in to trade their phones due to the issue but I doubt there will be many.
"I believe the Malaysian market would not be affected greatly because existing Huawei phones are not affecting for now," said Wong.
Edwin Ho, a phone trader at Low Yat Plaza, said he was aware that Huawei would not be supported by the Android operating system (OS) anymore but this would not affect his business.
“The main concern here is that people will be worried that their current Huawei phone model’s android Operating System (OS) would be affected. However that is not entirely true,” said the 26-year-old trader.
Ho said the existing Huawei P30 Pro model and other lower spec models of the phone would not be affected as android OS had already been embedded into the phone models before the announcement.
“Only future models will be affected and this might create some confusion to consumers over the different OS."
Tan Kok Wah, 26, said many might think this move might affect their business but to him it was an opportunity to try something new.
“Of course Huawei will not be supported by android OS anymore but they anticipated this unfortunate event before and they have already come up with their own OS,” said the manager of Mobile Arena.
Tan will still be taking in Huawei mobile phone stock regardless how the Chinese telecommunication’s dealing with Google will unfold.
“I had always used Huawei mobile phone myself and I am very satisfied with its performance including the battery sustainability, camera performance and so on.
“We will still be taking in Huawei’s product because we trust its capability in making a better phone in the future,” he said.
Google’s move to cease doing business came about following the move by the United States (US) Department Commerce announcing a ban on American companies selling or transferring US technology to Huawei.
The ban came after US President Donald Trump declared a "national emergency" empowering him to blacklist companies seen as an unacceptable risk to the national security of the US - a move analysts said was clearly aimed at Huawei.
The move could have dramatic implications for Huawei smartphone users, as the telecoms giant will no longer have access to Google's proprietary services- which include the Gmail and Google Maps apps.
However, Huawei, the Shenzhen-based firm, the world’s second-largest smartphone maker by sales, has been said to be creating its own OS.