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Why the smartphone world needs Huawei and the US ban is worrisome

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The morning of May 20 was a clamorous one. Some were reacting to the #ExitPoll results from the night ago, while others were coming to terms with the Game Of Thrones finale. In the midst of all this, reports claimed that Chinese smartphone maker Huawei’s Android licence had been revoked by Google following an order from the US Department of Commerce.

America was cutting off all trade ties with Huawei because its government believed the company was a “Chinese spy”, and posed a “risk to national security” - something the phone maker has categorically denied in the past. Shortly after, this became a trending topic on Twitter, and much confusion ensued.

Image: Huawei | Official Website

My phone beeped at noon. A friend, who shares my passion for mobile tech, wondered, "Hope your phone won’t be affected by the Huawei-Android issue?”

“I don’t know. It might be... eventually? This is serious shit,” I responded.

As the owner of a Huawei smartphone, I — and hundreds of millions of others who use Huawei devices — am genuinely perplexed about the future of our handsets. And, when we say “hundreds of millions”, we aren’t exaggerating.

Here’s some data: In 2018, Huawei shipped 200 million smartphones worldwide (This is up from a mere 3 million back in 2010). In July, it surpassed Apple to become the world’s second-largest smartphone vendor, ending Apple-Samsung’s seven-year duopoly. In the first quarter of 2019, it grew its shipments by 50.3 percent. Even as smartphone sales declined worldwide, Huawei managed to secure its biggest ever market share of 17 percent, according to device trackers.

IDC analyst Ryan Reith wrote in a report,

“The continued growth of Huawei is impressive, to say the least, as is its ability to move into markets where, until recently, the brand was largely unknown. For most markets, the ultra-high end competition is largely some combination of Apple, Samsung, and Huawei, depending on the geography, and this is unlikely to change in the short term.”

Reith, of course, failed to foresee America’s blanket........

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