According to Yahoo, although Huawei has just unveiled the first device with its in-house Android replacement called HarmonyOS (the foldable Mate X2), the struggling Chinese manufacturer is not ready to forget Android. Since the Trump administration put Huawei on the entity list in 2019, the company is not allowed to buy hardware, software, and components from US suppliers, including Google, without a license.
Early last year, Huawei passed Samsung to briefly become the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer. That was a goal the company had been aiming for since 2016. But in the fourth quarter of last year, shipments fell 42% on an annual basis, putting the company behind Samsung, Apple, and the red-hot Xiaomi. This year, Huawei divested its Honor sub-brand for $15 billion, a move that should get Honor out of bans in the United States. As a result, some analysts expect Huawei to fall to seventh place in the smartphone rankings this year, with Honor right behind it in eighth. It’s been a long fall for Huawei, which has been accused of close ties to the communist Chinese government. As a result, it has become a national security threat in the United States. It will be up to the new Biden administration to undo the damage done by the previous administration. At the moment, there seems to be no interest from President Biden to do anything in this regard, although to be fair, he has some more pressing matters, including the corona virus. For Huawei, such a move could be critical to its future. “The sooner we can make decisions to return to Google, the better,” Purdy said.
Huawei says it expects Biden to improve U.S.-China relations. Ren says Huawei is interested in buying equipment from U.S. companies again and says it would be beneficial for both countries to allow it. That’s certainly true, considering that Huawei spent $18 billion in the last full year in which it had unfettered access to its U.S. supply chain, which went into the pockets of U.S. companies. Ironically, then, Huawei was not the only company harmed by its placement on the entity list. The unspoken story here is that many U.S. tech companies lost business because of the previous administration’s decision.
Ren says, “We hope the new U.S. administration will adopt an open policy for the benefit of American companies and the economic development of the United States. We still hope to buy large quantities of American materials, components and equipment so we can all benefit from China’s growth.” The executive also said last week that Huawei has 1 billion active smartphones. The goal will be to follow Apple’s game plan and sell them services with recurring subscription fees.
As Huawei prepares to release its first HarmonyOS phone, deep down it wants something else