Huawei wants to get Google services back on its phones, says CEO


Abdullah March 30, 2020

It seems that Huawei is changing its strategy toward the US Ban and the relation with Google, previously there was talk about how nice the in-house AppGallery is and confirming that they will rely on Huawei mobile services even if the ban is lifted. Well, now the Chinese manufacturer now plans to continue working with Google again.

Huawei wants to get Google services back on its phones, says CEO

In an interview with Wired, the head of the private customer division, Richard Yu, spoke about Huawei’s future plans. According to Yu, they hope that they can start working with Google again – despite their own AppGallery, they are open to it. This is also in the interest of Google and other US companies and developers, which have made a lot of money thanks to Huawei. They would like Huawei devices to use the Play Store again.

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With regard to the AppGallery, the Huawei manager admits that there are developments but there still has gaps. It would take a year or two to enhance what it offer. They also had to struggle with restrictions in the smart home sector, which is why they are currently adhering to their own open standard (HiLink) and have not joined the smart home alliance of Apple, Amazon, Google and Zigbee. In addition, they think their own standard is superior.

Relatively interesting: Yu was asked how long smartphone cameras would be at the forefront of the innovation. The Huawei manager estimates that this could continue for a year or two. This advancement of camera development in the mobile segment swallows up enormous amounts and also drives up material costs. Yu believes that longer runtimes, larger screens and eye protection are becoming increasingly important.

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When asked about foldables and a possible drop in prices, Yu says he estimates that foldable prices will reach the same level as the flagship phones in a year and a half. Huawei is currently not making a profit even with the high selling prices of the Mate Xs.

Source: gizchina.com “Huawei wants to get Google services back on its phones, says CEO”

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Huawei flagship phone goes Google-free


Agence France-Presse

Paris, France / Fri, March 27, 2020 / 06:01 am

Huawei drove into its post-Google era Thursday with a flagship smartphone that uses none of the Android maker’s apps now that the Chinese group has been blacklisted by US authorities.

The new P40 might not be the first Google-free phone launched by Huawei, it is the first top-line phone meant to seduce early adopters and show off its technological prowess.

The United States has expressed concern that Huawei mobile phone network equipment could contain security loopholes that allow China to spy on global communications traffic, and while the company has denied the accusation, it has been effectively barred from working with US companies.

For smartphones, that means Huawei has had to forgo Google’s Android operating system and the plethora of apps available to run on it.

Huawei, which was the world’s second largest smartphone-maker last year behind Samsung with a 17 percent market share, now faces the challenge of creating an alternative that is sufficiently attractive to lure both app developers and consumers.

According to the presentation broadcast on YouTube, the P40 smartphones sold in France, Germany, and Italy will use a European search engine called Qwant instead of Google.

Huawei is progressively eliminating Google software from its phones after having shipped its first Google-free model last year, but it has not given a date when it expects to complete the switch.

The P40 will be available from April 7 at a price ranging from 799 to 1,399 euros (US$880-1,540), depending on the specifications.

Source: The Jakarta Post “Huawei flagship phone goes Google-free”

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Exclusive: US nears rule-change to restrict Huawei’s global chip supply – sources


26 Mar 2020 10:51PM (Updated: 26 Mar 2020 11:25PM)

REUTERS: Senior cabinet officials in the Trump administration agreed to new measures to restrict the global supply of chips to China’s Huawei Technologies, sources familiar with the matter said, as the White House ramps up criticism of China over coronavirus.

Under the change, foreign companies that use U.S. chipmaking equipment would be required to obtain a U.S. license before supplying certain chips to Huawei. The Chinese telecoms company was blacklisted last year, limiting the company’s suppliers.

One of the sources said the rule-change is aimed at restricting the sale of sophisticated chips to Huawei and not older, more commoditized and widely-available semiconductors.

Because most chipmaking equipment used worldwide relies on American technology, the change would represent an expansion of export control authority that some trade experts have said would anger U.S. allies.

It is unclear if President Donald Trump, who appeared to push back against the proposal last month, will sign off on the rule change.

The decision came when U.S. officials from various agencies met and agreed on Wednesday to alter the Foreign Direct Product Rule, which subjects some foreign-made goods based on U.S. technology or software to U.S. regulations, the sources said.

The U.S. Department of Commerce, which would have a role in enacting any rule change, did not have an immediate comment.

(Reporting by Karen Freifeld in New York and David Shepardson in Washington. Additional reporting by Alexandra Alper and Mike Stone in Washington. Editing by Chris Sanders and Nick Zieminski)

Source: Reuters

Source: channelnewsasia.com “Exclusive: US nears rule-change to restrict Huawei’s global chip supply – sources”

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Founder Ren Zhengfei says Huawei ‘racing to develop’ new technologies amid coronavirus pandemic


  • Huawei was on the front foot before the coronavirus crisis gripped China because of pressure from the US government

  • Pandemic has not slowed Ren’s commitment to develop own technology and remain world’s largest telco equipment supplier

Iris Deng

Published: 6:00am, 26 Mar, 2020

Updated: 8:15pm, 26 Mar, 2020

While the coronavirus pandemic may have forced many companies in China and around the world to hit the pause button on business operations, engineers at Huawei Technologies have been working round the clock to combat the crisis.

The world’s largest telecommunications equipment supplier and China’s biggest smartphone maker has been motivated by a sense of mission, said Ren Zhengfei, founder and chief executive of Huawei, as he sat down for an interview with the South China Morning Post this week.

Over 20,000 scientists, experts and engineers worked overtime during the Lunar New Year holiday, because we’re racing to develop new [technologies],” Ren said, referring to the work in progress as “something which will keep us ahead of global competition”, without revealing further details.

The company was on the front foot before the coronavirus crisis gripped China and spread around the world because of pressure from the US government on its market-leading 5G network gear business.

The US will continue to increase sanctions on us, and we will have to complete [the new technologies] before that happens,” Ren, 75, said in a video interview from his Shenzhen office on Tuesday, the first he has given since the coronavirus outbreak shut down large parts of the world.

Aside from the US sanctions, Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer and Ren’s daughter by his first marriage, is still in Canada awaiting a hearing to be extradited to the US, where she faces a bank fraud charge. Ren said he misses his elder daughter, whom he last spoke with by phone in late January during the Lunar New Year holiday. Ren is confident that “there shouldn’t be a worst-case scenario” regarding Meng’s trial.

I believe in the openness, fairness and justice of the Canadian legal system … the US intelligence has spent over a decade to find faults on our side and came up with no evidence today, which means we have been restrained in our own behaviours,” Ren said.

In May last year, Washington added Huawei and 68 of its non-US affiliates to a trade blacklist, officially called the Entity List, accusing the company of being a threat to national security, something which Huawei has repeatedly denied.

The action restricts Huawei’s ability to buy hardware, software and services from its American hi-tech suppliers without approval from the US government. This includes Google mobile services, used on its handsets for international markets, and key components in its next-generation mobile network base stations.

While the US has since granted five licence extensions to Huawei that allowed it temporary access to American suppliers, Trump earlier this month signed legislation to bar the country’s telecoms carriers from using US subsidies to purchase network equipment from Huawei.

The Trump administration has also continued to urge its allies in Europe to ditch Huawei in their 5G mobile network development plans.

It’s not a problem for us to survive as a company, but it’s questionable whether we can keep our leading position,” Ren said. “We won’t be able to lead the world in the next three to five years if we cannot develop our own technology.”

Huawei will step up its investment in research and development, with the 2020 budget surpassing US$20 billion, up from US$15 billion last year, according to Ren.

However, Ren also noted that a complete de-Americanisation would be “impossible” for Huawei. “US firms will also need [Huawei as a client] to survive,” Ren said, adding that no one can be spared from the situation as a result of globalisation.

Huawei’s ambition to weather US sanctions, however, has been put under further pressure by the outbreak of Covid-19, which started to affect China in January. The viral disease has since spread around the world, forcing lockdown of communities and wreaking economic havoc.

It has morphed into a pandemic that has spread to 170 countries and regions, and as of Monday had forced more than one-fifth of the world’s population to stay in their homes.

Ren is confident that Huawei can pull through the crisis.

Neither the US sanctions nor the pandemic had a major impact on us,” Ren said. “We believe the impact is minimal, and we can pull through it.”

Huawei has resumed more than 90 per cent of its production and development operations, Ren said, adding that the company has also kept its supply chain mostly intact by helping provide its partners with protective gear to keep production going.

Maintenance service personnel around the world have also been working to ensure that communications remain uninterrupted, Ren said. “The world needs internet service [even more] as the pandemic accelerated,” he said.

Other than Hubei, the province at the epicentre of the outbreak in China, none of the company’s global workforce has been infected by the coronavirus. Those who were afflicted in Hubei are now recovering, Ren said, without divulging numbers.

Although Europe, Huawei’s most lucrative market outside China, has now been gravely affected by Covid-19, Ren expects demand for its network gear there to remain strong on the back of peoples’ need for online services.

New technologies such as tele-health, online learning and remote working have showed to the world their usefulness in preventing disease from spreading, as well as the importance of network connections,” Ren said. “Even when the West is feeling the mounting impact of the coronavirus, most of our projects can actually enhance their capabilities [during the outbreak]. There is a demand we need to meet.”

(Corrects in the sixth paragraph to say Meng faces bank fraud charge in the US)

Source: SCMP “Founder Ren Zhengfei says Huawei ‘racing to develop’ new technologies amid coronavirus pandemic”

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Huawei Hisilicon 5nm Kirin chip will be mass-produced in August


Efe Udin March 14, 2020

Chinese manufacturing giant, Huawei, is currently working on its latest Hisilicon chip which uses the 5nm manufacturing process. After the Spring Festival holiday, there will be new smartphones. Thus information on Huawei’s next-generation Kirin processors is becoming a focal point. Today, an industry insider claims that the Hisilicon 5nm Kirin processor has been verified in Dongguan, Beijing, and other places. The report says that this chip will commence mass-production / delivery in August.

According to previous speculations, Huawei will use the 5nm process to mass-produce the Kirin 1020 chip. This CPU is expected to be available in the third quarter of this year. Huawei Kirin 1020 will use ARM Cortex-A78 architecture. Thanks to the 5nm process, Kirin 1020 can accommodate 171.3 million transistors per square millimeter. Its performance is 50% higher than that of Kirin 990.

In other reports, TSMC will begin mass production of 5nm chips in April. The 5nm process is a new generation of chip manufacturing technology following the 7nm process that was mass-produced in 2018. However, what is not clear is the company’s chip that TSMC will mass-produce in April.

According to Huawei’s itinerary, the new Kirin flagship processor will probably arrive this fall. Also, the Huawei Mate 40 series will also be the first to use the Kirin 1020 processor.

Source: Gizchina “Huawei Hisilicon 5nm Kirin chip will be mass-produced in August”

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U.S. lawmakers seek to curb Huawei’s access to U.S. banks: document


Alexandra Alper March 12, 2020 / 8:51 PM / 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers plan to unveil a bill on Thursday that could be used to block Huawei Technologies Ltd from accessing U.S. banks for certain transactions, in a bid to thwart the Chinese telecoms giant amid frustration over the failure of prior sanctions to curb its business.

The bill, with sponsors including top Senate Democrat Charles Schumer, Republican Senator Tom Cotton and House Republican Mike Gallagher, would ban U.S. firms from taking part in “significant” transactions with foreign companies that produce 5G telecommunications technology and engage in industrial espionage.

If the bill were passed and Huawei designated, the company would be shunned by U.S. banks in certain dealings with customers worldwide, since most dollar payments clear through U.S. financial institutions.

It is time for the Trump administration to take swift and forceful action to block Huawei from accessing the U.S. financial system,” Schumer said in a statement, adding that allowing China to dominate global 5G networks through Huawei poses a threat to national security. Huawei did not respond to a request for comment.

The legislation is part of a broader campaign to crack down on Huawei, the top producer of telecoms equipment, since the company has continued to thrive despite American sanctions.

Citing national security concerns, the Trump administration placed Huawei on a blacklist known as the “entity list” last May, forcing some firms to seek a special license to sell to it.


Huawei P40 Pro PE specs leak: huge battery, loads of cameras, 5G, much more


by Joshua Swingle

@joshuaswingle

Mar 13, 2020, 11:50 AM

Huawei is planning to announce three new flagship smartphones later this month. The most interesting model will undoubtedly be the Huawei P40 Pro Premium Edition, which is expected to take on the Galaxy S20 Ultra and is the subject of today’s leak.

Incredible cameras that could set an industry standard

Chinese website IT Home has spotted an early retail listing for the smartphone on a South Korean website. It contains renders of the flagship which corroborate its design and a complete spec sheet that reveals everything customers can expect.

Leading the way on the outside will be a massive 6.7-inch OLED display complete with a 3160 x 1440p resolution and support for a 120Hz refresh rate. It also boasts curved edges on either side and an extremely wide punch hole.

To make the smartphone look a bit more unique, though, Huawei has implemented quad-edge glass that curves over the top and bottom of the front panel.

The Huawei P40 Pro Premium Edition’s rear looks quite a bit more generic, despite being carved out of ceramic, because of the rectangular camera module. Nevertheless, the design is arguably better than that of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Huawei has justified the sheer size of the camera bump by including a whopping five sensors. The accompanying spec sheet suggests a powerful 52-megapixel camera will lead the way alongside an impressive 40-megapixel ultra-wide-angle shooter.

A 3D Time-of-Flight sensor for better bokeh imagery is also part of the package alongside an 8-megapixel camera that’s believed to be a telephoto shooter. It should support 3x optical zoom.

Last on the list is a powerful periscope zoom camera that isn’t detailed. Fortunately, previous leaks have revealed it will support an incredible 10x optical zoom, meaning it could produce noticeably clearer photos than the Galaxy S20 Ultra at equivalent zoom levels.

As for the selfie camera experience, Huawei has apparently implemented a 32-megapixel selfie shooter alongside a 32-megapixel ultra-wide-angle equivalent for group shots. A Time-of-Flight sensor is also present, suggesting a more secure Face Unlock experience will be available.

512GB of storage, 5G support, ginormous battery

The inside of the Huawei P40 Pro Premium Edition is no less interesting. Powering the flagship is the high-end Kirin 990 5G chipset, which guarantees support for 5G networks as standard.

It’s coupled with 12GB of RAM and a whopping 512GB of internal storage which may be further expandable via the company’s nanoSD card format, although that isn’t yet confirmed. It’s unclear if other variants will be available.

Backing all of this up is going to be Android 10 and EMUI 10 straight out of the box. Unfortunately, as a direct result of the US trade ban imposed upon Huawei, the P40 Pro Premium Edition won’t be shipping with Google apps and services on board.

Buyers of the smartphone will instead have to rely on the App Gallery app store, which is missing key apps such as WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

As for the battery, Huawei has apparently included a ginormous 5,500mAh cell inside the Huawei P40 Pro Premium Edition. The best part is that it reportedly supports 50W fast charging and 27W fast wireless charging, meaning you’ll be able to fully charge it in no time.

Huawei P40 Pro Premium Edition announcement and price

The Huawei P40 Pro Premium Edition will go official on Thursday, March 26, via an online event alongside the standard Huawei P40 Pro and the cheaper Huawei P40.

Shipments are expected to begin in early April and the smartphone could be priced anywhere between €1,199 and €1,299 in Europe, slightly less than the €1,349 Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Source: phonearena.com “Huawei P40 Pro PE specs leak: huge battery, loads of cameras, 5G, much more”

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