Huawei stepped in Nepal in 2014 and it has been serving for more than 5 years. They are very large mobile brand in Nepal. Also, they are one of the biggest telecom equipment supplier in our country. Huawei is also the world’s second-biggest smartphone manufacturer. They are also leading telecom equipment seller in the entire world. They have huge dominance in technology and now most importantly 5G. Huawei is now impacted by the USA-China Trade war. The company called media officials to shed some light on the issues and this is Huawei Nepals explanation.
In the meeting, media personnel from various publications were present. Huawei company executives, officials, distributors were also present in the meeting to provide an explanation. There are many rumors and some of them are only true. So the company wants to clear things out. Delta Digit was also in the meeting and we want to put what they told us. So we request everyone to not believe in every rumor.
Huawei is a victim of the trade war between USA and China. The problem has escalated to such level that a private company is paying the price. Both companies were increasing tariffs on imports but recently things got more complex. The president of USA signed an executive order which provides federal government the power to block US companies to deal with foreign tech companies. Huawei is a China-based tech company and they are in the center of the heat.
Trade War and Huawei Google Ban
US security agencies doubt that Huawei might have backdoors in their network infrastructure which can be used by the Chinese government. Huawei is the leading company in terms of 5G technology. It is said they are already 2 years ahead in terms of technology compared to US companies. They have a lot of patents and equipment already being implemented.
As US companies can’t deal with Chinese companies, Google is canceling license oh Huawei for Android. There is a 90 days timeframe and till then they are going to work together. It is said that Gmail, YouTube, Maps won’t work on newer Huawei phones. However, this won’t affect older or already launched phones. This is going to only affect future phones. But there is no guarantee of new OS update like Android Q for older phones. So both companies are working together to fix and find a way. The company says that their phones won’t compromise on user experience in any cost.
ARM also cut ties with Huawei which can be a big hit but the company says they will fix the issues. These are all due to the political battle. But technology is suffering in this and it is bad because technology and science should not face barriers. SD Card association removed Huawei from the list but it turns out it was temporary. Company officials said status was changed to make changes so that the relations comply with the new executive order. It means users should not worry about SD card support for now or future. However, Huawei also has their own new NM Card which we say in new P30 and P30 Pro.
Status in Nepal
Huawei says that customers should be fine because all existing phone have Googles services and license. Also for future phones, the company is working. They accept that flagship sales in Nepal have seen some small problems but mid-range and entry-level phones have no issue in the sale. According to distributors, they used to sell about 350 to 400 phones per day but now they see a sales reduction of about 50 phones. This is not huge and they are positive that things will become good soon.
Why customers should not worry according to the company
Top level officers of Nepal and distributors cleared some things for us. They said that there will be no effect to present customers. They should not panic and these things would not affect user experience. Google and Huawei are working together to find a way out. Android is open source so there are many possibilities. The company is working on improving its current Emotion UI or EMUI.
There is 90 days time left so it is sure that users will get updates till then. Huawei Nepal told us that users will get regular security patches and updates. All current existing phones will continue to work with Google apps and services in the future as well. There won’t be a problem in users experience. All the ban and issues are for new phones and the company is thinking about this. There is no official word on what step the company will take or when will new OS roll out.
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The distributors also spoke on price drop and product recall. Huawei is not dropping the price of any phones due to this. They are also not clearing the stocks or shelves. They do know that some people may have sold their phones at low price in panic. This is common but the company says that they care for customers. Their vision is long term and they care about customers. They know that people will only come back if they are satisfied with the product and customer care. So they want their customers to not panic. They are so confident that they just launched new Y7 Pro and Y5 2019 in the Nepali market.
Updates and Developments
A lot of things are happening regarding Huawei. In China, Huawei sales have increased and people are more interested in their phones. It is because Chinese consumers are not affected at all. As there are no Google services since the start, people don’t care about the ban. Also to show support, some people are leaving American products like Apple and going for Huawei. Business Insider Singapore also reported similar cases of fans and people buying Huawei phones. The customers seem confident that the company is going to fix everything.
IEEE also lifted the ban on the company recently. There was a temporary ban on Huawei on participating in peer review and editing process. The WiFi Alliance and JEDEC have also reinstated the company on their list. Huawei has also confirmed that it is back on Android Q beta upgrade list. So it seems that new Android Q is also coming for the previous Mate flagship. Al the new EMUI 9 is also coming for the Y9 2019.