The Chinese giant Huawei is in an interesting, yet precarious position at the moment. They have been growing at a major pace for years now and took over the number two slot in worldwide smartphone sales, however that might soon change. Their issues with the US government has meant that their prospects have been diminished significantly in the short term.
Because of the USA administration deciding that US companies aren’t allowed to trade with Huawei for the time being, there are big questions around how the Huawei phones will survive without Android. All new Huawei phones (for the time being) will not be running Android, but a forked version thereof called Harmony OS developed by Huawei themselves.
This means that they can’t rely on the Google Play Store for services on their devices, and have to find some workarounds in order for customers to be able to use their favourite apps. This is all in spite of the fact that several months ago it looked like Trump was going to allow the Chinese company to engage with US companies on several fronts.
Now that this is all up in the air, it looks like Apple will again overtake Huawei as the second biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world. Especially since it looks like the new iPhone 11 range will be selling better than analysts had predicted before its launch.
Huawei have garnered a huge following in South Africa, and we hope that they will be able to weather this storm. Their devices have in recent years truly impressed, like we saw with in our Huawei P30 Pro Review several months ago.
Do you think Huawei will be able to reclaim their number two spot globally and perhaps even challenge Samsung? Let us know in the comments below.