I bet my boss’ car that in the near future, business students are going to read on the case study of Huawei…with their Huawei phone.
And unlike other case studies that are boring AF, this’s one that’ll go down in history as one that seems to be written by M. Night Shyamalan.
Lest you can’t tell from the headline, Huawei’s nightmare has kind of ended, and it turns out that the so-called new OS might not have been a solution after all.
Here’s what went down.
Recap: Huawei Kena Banned
If you’re an Apple fanboy or fangirl who doesn’t even know what Huawei is, here’s what’s happened in the last few months.
Since many years ago, Huawei has been at the centre of the United States espionage allegations, so you can’t really buy a Huawei device there from telcos now unless you buy it without a contract. However, that was taken up a notch when Huawei was added to the US Entity List in May this year, whereby they can’t do business with any US companies unless they’ve approval from the US authorities.
Following that, Google “broke up” with Huawei, and chip makers based in the US also joined in the ban. Facebook and its family of apps wouldn’t be available as pre-installed apps as well.
It’s obviously a nightmare for Huawei, since a phone without Android and Google apps are practically paperweights.
But the China giant did not budge; they told everyone about their backup plan of an OS they’ve been developing for a while and did not complain even a single bit. To put it simply, it seems like it’s yet another day for them.
As the sudden ban could cause repercussions across sectors, Huawei was given a temporary licence to continue working with US businesses for 90 days. And about 60 days later, there was a U-turn.
Trump’s Meeting with President Xi Jinping
In late June, during the G20 meeting, Trump’s meeting with China President proved to be fruitful for Huawei; Trump agreed to “lift some restrictions” against US companies selling high-tech gear to Chinese telecom giant Huawei, adding, “We’re talking about equipment where there’s not a great national-emergency problem with it.”
Details of that haven’t been discussed cuz still got 30 days more, and it’s unknown whether that would include Google.
But on Tuesday, everything changed and Huawei users cheered.