The pressure on the Chinese brand seems to be eased off a bit for the time being, with the US administration having relaxed sanctions on Huawei, and the UK permits its involvement in the country’s 5G infrastructure.
Huawei has filed patents for its own mobile Operating System, as it takes precautionary measures in case it was prevented from using Android OS.
Huawei has found itself at the center of a global struggle between the US and China after Trump administration blacklisted the Chinese brand on the ‘entity list’, prohibiting the US companies from conducting business with it, and leading to worldwide implications.
It led to Google blocking Huawei’s future access to Android updates, and multiple retailers and networks around the world have had to stop dealing with Huawei for fear of sanctions from the US administration.
CNN reported Tuesday that the company’s sales jumped to more than $58 billion in the first six months of this year, boosted by growth in the Chinese tech firm’s smartphone business and an uptick in 5G network contracts.
The Shenzhen-based company said that revenue for the first half of 2019 jumped by about 23% compared to the same period last year.
Huawei chairman Liang Hua said that operations are smooth despite the US restrictions, adding that their “core products have not been significantly affected.”
In July 2019, things took a turn in the favor of Huawei, with Trump suggesting the Huawei ban could soon be over at the G20 summit in Japan, and some US companies were permitted to trade with Huawei under license only.
According to reports, Huawei has been working on developing its own ‘AppGallery’ and other software assets in a similar manner to its work on chipset solutions. these efforts are part of the brand desire to control its own destiny.
If Huawei loses access to the Google ‘PlayStore’, it would take an enormous amount of investment to attract developers to create app options that would keep users of its smartphones satisfied.
Developers would be able to simply and quickly tweak their Android apps to work on Huawei’s platform, and theoretically have access to a huge Chinese user base.
A Huawei spokesperson said: “We value our close relationships with our partners, but recognize the pressure some of them are under, as a result of politically motivated decisions.”
“We are confident this regrettable situation can be resolved and our priority remains to continue to deliver world-class technology and products to our customers around the world.”