Huawei is a villain now in China as state-run and social media attack the company

Huawei is a villain now in China as state-run and social media attack the company
The U.S. supply chain ban hurts global sales of Huawei's newer handsets. That's because the company has not been able to procure a new license to use the Google Play services version of Android. As a result, recent phones like the Mate 30 series and the foldable Mate X were pre-installed with an open-source version of Android. These units also cannot have Google's core Android apps installed such as Search, the Play Store, Gmail, Maps and more. In China, where most Google apps are not allowed anyway, this doesn't matter. But outside of China, the lack of Google apps and the inability of the manufacturer to offer its phones with the licensed version of Android are important.

As it has turned out, Huawei has more than made up for any drop off in international sales by tearing up the smartphone market in China. Thanks to a wave of patriotism experienced by Chinese consumers, many of whom consider the U.S. to be bullying Huawei, the company had a domestic third quarter for the record books. From July through September, Huawei shipped 41.5 million handsets in China compared to 25 million units delivered during the same quarter last year. The increase in phone shipments on an annual basis was a staggering 66% and left the outfit with a 42.4% market share in its own country.

Even state-run media in China has turned its back on Huawei



According to The New York Times and CNN, the release of new information about a former Huawei employee named Li Hongyuan has started a wave of negative attacks against a company that previously could do no wrong inside China. Li was accused of blackmailing Huawei and ended up spending 251 days in prison even though the charges against him could not be proved. A document from a district prosecutor's office in Shenzhen that was released last week showed that the former employee received the equivalent of $15,000 USD to make up for the fact that he unfairly spent December 2018 to August 2019 in prison. A second document released last August announcing the prosecutor's decision not to take the case to trial exclaimed that "The facts of the crime determined by Shenzhen police are unclear, the evidence is insufficient, and it does not meet the conditions for prosecution."

Li left Huawei in January 2018 and negotiated an exit package worth the equivalent of $43,000 USD. The money was wired to him two months later. Shortly thereafter, Huawei filed charges claiming that the wire transfer was made as the result of an extortion plot against the company. Li was arrested this past January after being placed in custody a month earlier. The police said that Li had threatened to tell the government about "illegal business activities" committed by the head of his department at Huawei, although this has been denied by Li's attorneys. In a statement, Huawei said that it has "the right, and in fact a duty, to report the facts of any suspected illegal conduct to authorities. If Li Hongyuan believes that he has suffered damages or that his rights have been infringed, we support his right to seek satisfaction through legal means, up to and including lawsuit against Huawei. This is in keeping with the principle of equality before the law."


But the backlash against Huawei in China has been huge. Even state-run media outlet The Paper has attacked the company by commenting, "If you step on someone's toes on the street, you say sorry; Huawei's action caused a citizen to lose his personal freedom for 251 days, how does it make sense that the company doesn't feel like apologizing? Huawei has lost a huge number of fans because these people now see a different Huawei: a strange monster that has no empathy and has turned into a bully."

Considering that Huawei has relied on Chinese consumers more than ever this year to prop up its smartphone sales, getting on their bad side could be problematic for it. The company remained the second-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world during the third quarter shipping 66.8 million units, up 28.5% year-over-year. We will have to wait until next year to see whether this backlash against Huawei has a large impact on handset sales in China.

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12 Comments

1. MsPooks

Posts: 251; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Meh. Huawei doesn't conduct illegal business practices.

2. Blazers

Posts: 767; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

No company does. They’re all perfect angels.

6. jojon

Posts: 437; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

,,,,,yeah right!!!

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

If this is true, this is NOT a good look, Huawei. Not a good at all. No one should have to suffer at the hands of any organization if they have done no wrong. Don't know if you can even make this right Huawei, but you need to try to.

4. Subie

Posts: 2430; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

It was the state that incarcerated him without evidence for 251 days and not Huawei. Seems like the Government is trying to save face and deflect ALL the blame to Huawei here. This most likely will never happen but, China could use a good dose of Habeas corpus!

5. Chuck007

Posts: 1416; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Meh I don't believe it. They are most possibly setting Huawei up to be a Trojan horse.

7. alcheng

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

Victim of the trade war.

8. AlienKiss

Posts: 280; Member since: May 21, 2019

Even the chinese people realize how bad this company really is. All these trolls defending them are nothing but sore loosers and communist sympathizers. Accept the reality : nobody in Europe and USA is going to buy their products anymore. And that's where the big money is. Not in asia, where they are so obsessed with low prices, that they simply don't care about quality and only buy junk wannabe replica brands like this one. Quality before quantity!

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

“Accept the reality : nobody in Europe and USA is going to buy their products anymore.“ And yet, Huawei grew sales in 2 parts of Europe last quarter, Eastern and Central Europe being the two places:https://www.canalys.com/newsroom/canalys-european-smartphone-market-q3-2019?ctid=986-6fc601d825e79e5b22a31dec6119569b That fact directly contradicts your “nobody in Europe...” rant lmao.

13. QuantumRazer

Posts: 176; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Said one of the biggest hater of the company on PA lmao. Couldn't you even spell 'losers' right?

14. AlienKiss

Posts: 280; Member since: May 21, 2019

How can you defend a compact that: - locks the bootloader so that people who buy it won't be able to root their phones - they locked out the bootloader, claiming that nobody was using the service, when in reality they were mad people were rooting the phones and deleted their spying software - it was proved that they send your personal information to their servers in china - they were caught lying in marketing adds (multiple times) by taking photos with professional DSLR cameras and claimed that they were using their phones (I don't care who else did it either, they DID IT) - in the past, when they were not so popular, they were lying saying that they offered the latest memory chips, when in fact they were offering ancient technology and only someone with the proper knowledge would notice (Google on xda forums if you don't believe me) - it lacks the most important thing: google play services. What's the point of all that hardware if there's no software to use it with?? I have better use for it as a press papier. If you are the owner of the company, then I understand you defending it. But since you're just a client, you don't make any sense at all. You're just proving to us how much you love the communists. Umm, why don't you move to china then? Oh, I know : - because there's no freedom of speech there - because you have to provide your digital faceprint and ID if you simply want to surf the 'local' internet - because if you are from the LGBTQ community, you will be sent to 'concentration' camps - because if you are a regular person you are not allowed to leave the country The list goes on and on. So do tell us. Why don't you move there if you support them so much? Meanwhile you're desperately trying to disprove me for an extra letter in a word?? You're absolutely pathetic dude.. TALK TO THE HAND! ✋

12. QuantumRazer

Posts: 176; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

If this is true then it's a really s***ty thing to do and they deserve all the backlash they are getting in the mainland. Regardless of whether the ex-employee was actually blackmailing Huawei or not, the company must not have sued a whistle blower, like that kind of crap shouldn't happen under ANY circumstances. When a company is committing some shady activities, then it's nobody's responsibility but theirs for doing so, after all. I must say I just lost a huge chunk of respect for Huawei, but hopefully they have learned their lessons from this. Now apologize to the ex-employee ASAP.

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