Huawei OZ Facing Grim Future Without Google Apps
Management at Huawei Australia’s Consumer Division are refusing to comment about their future, after Google confirmed overnight that their next flagship device will not come with Google’s popular apps including Maps and YouTube.
Also, overnight new revelations have surfaced that U.S. prosecutors are looking into additional instances of alleged technology theft by Huawei Technologies.
It also means the next Huawei phone will not have access to the Google Play app store, which could leave customers without access to other popular apps.
Analysts claim that the Company who is still claiming that “it’s business as normal” in Australia and that their consumer operations is “not” laying off staff will struggle to sell a phone without Google’s apps and that the future for Huawei smartphones in Western markets such as Australia where the Federal Government has already banned the Chinese Company from being a supplier to carriers for the roll out of 5G technology in Australia.
In the US Federal Prosecutors and the FBI are investigating several claims after Huawei was accused of stealing intellectual property from multiple people and companies over several years, as well as how the company went about recruiting employees from competitors.
According to the Wall Street Journal the US federal Government is investigating aspects of Huawei’s business practices that weren’t covered in indictments of Huawei issued earlier this year.
The new inquiries overlap with findings from a Wall Street Journal investigation in May that documented numerous allegations of intellectual property theft against Huawei throughout its history, these people said. They include alleged theft of smartphone-camera technology from a Portuguese multimedia producer and Huawei’s practices of recruiting employees from rival companies, the people said.
As we have reported before among the areas that investigators are now probing are allegations that Huawei stole smartphone camera technology from Rui Oliveira, a multimedia producer from Portugal. Hats not known is whether this is the same technology found in their P30 camera.
Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and attorneys from the Eastern District of New York met with Mr. Oliveira in early June, according to one of the people. The agents asked Mr. Oliveira questions about Huawei executives who participated in Mr. Oliveira’s meetings with Huawei in 2014, when he had proposed assigning manufacturing rights to the company for his patents, the person said.