As much as Huawei claims to be prepared against the Trump ban, the Chinese smartphone maker may be downplaying the fact that these last couple of days may have been the darkest they have ever experienced with ripple effects of the executive orders still being felt even though it may have been temporarily delayed for 90 days.
Huawei’s latest actions may be clear evidence to that as they do not seem convinced that the bush fire is completely out. They have already started facing challenges including a fall in revenue since the trade wars started. The company’s co-founder, Ren Zhengfei has personally aired views that they are still expecting an income fall as time fades having already dropped by 25% last month when just an importation ban had been issued and nothing like what we are seeing now had happened.
This is such a bummer, not only to Huawei but to the tech industry as a whole that had seen great potential with the company soaring against great tides, beating a beast like Apple to the punch and even showing some degree of threat to the leader Samsung. It does suck to even imagine that all this new competition that would have made the industry livelier turn to a battlefield for prestige, which obviously is the new 5G network.
This last part is mainly what may still come out like a red flag for Huawei who despite the temporary ban lift is still preparing for another rainy day because they see it coming.
One of these preparations includes going to talks with Aptoide, a somewhat huge, independent Android app store that resembles Samsung’s Galaxy app store to have it as their alternative to Google Play Store.
Aptoide may seem like a reasonable contingency plan considering several Huawei and Honor models already have the App Gallery pre-installed. Another reasonable cause may be the fact that the store itself is home to more than 900,000 apps with more than 100 million users signed into it.
All this is from a Portuguese media source that also claims that Huawei could also be negotiating with European telecoms (who have been very quiet about all this) to offer the App Gallery on Huawei and Honor devices out of the box so that they get room to evaluate their current situation.
Now, should this ban be permanent after the grace period, the main question is how effective will Huawei be in giving their users access to the most used apps, that is the likes of Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat and others that are American based. Fingers crossed!