Huawei is the target of U.S. commerce and the department is taking a making close scrutiny on this tech maker, in the latest edition, the U.S. has blamed a hard drive maker – Seagate to break export rules to supply to Huawei.
According to Reuters, the U.S. government warned Seagate Technology holdings on Wednesday about violating export control rules by selling hard disk drives to a customer, allegedly identified as Huawei.
Seagate revealed it receive a ‘proposed charging letter’ on August 29 in regard to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
The commerce blames Seagate has transferred technology that was subjected to export rules. However, the hard disk maker denied these allegations, saying that the products weren’t subject to U.S. export regulations.
Interestingly, turmoil has been created over the sales that have been made over a year ago. However, the U.S. commerce department has planned to further investigate on this matter. On the other hand, Seagate said it is in contact with Commerce Department to resolve the matter.
However, the company could face civil penalties up to $300,000 per violation or twice the value of the transaction sum, based on the finding of the commerce. After the news spread, Seagate’s dipped 11 percent following the company’s financial results.
Back in 2019, Huawei has been added to U.S. Entity List, which prohibits it from accessing U.S.-made technologies such as chipsets, hardware products, or software services. This led many American companies to break ties with the Chinese tech maker.
Why? Because the U.S. claims that Huawei could compromise their national security but there’s no proof of that shared in public.
The revised 2020 rules restrict companies from shipping items made outside of the U.S. to Huawei if they are a direct product of certain U.S. technology or software or produced by essential equipment that is a direct product of the U.S origin software or technology.
These kinds of technology transfers require a special license from the government. Still, Seagate argues that the past transferred technologies weren’t made with U.S.-made or supported technologies.
Breaking: Huawei smartphone regains shipment growth
It’s good news, after a long time, Huawei has once again reclaimed growth in China’s smartphone market despite facing having no 5G in its new smartphones. According to the data compiled by Counterpoint research, Huawei has achieved 15% of year-over-year growth in the fourth quarter of 2022 as compared to the same quarter in 2021.
The company had 7 percent of the overall smartphone market share in Q4 2021, which recorded 9.5% in Q4 2022. This is a major difference. We could assume that the latest progress is made with the release of the Huawei Mate 50 series in October. Thereafter, Huawei customers supported the sales volume to a new milestone.
“Huawei recovered from its low base in 2021, increasing by 15% YoY in Q4. However, the brand is still unable to ship 5G-enabled devices, which is a major concern for its sales outlook.” wrote Counterpoint.
This year, Huawei is planning to launch a number of new smartphones and it’ll return to the dual flagship unveiling tradition. This means we would see the P series and Mate series launching in a single year.
The launches could further help Huawei to increase its growth in share among Chinese consumers to rank better in Q2 2023 smartphone market results.
In Q4 2022, Apple gained captured 23.7% of the market, maintaining its leading position. But it registered a double-digit YoY decline like major Android OEMs.
All the major OEMs offered stronger promotions during the Singles’ Day online sales festival. They also used the sales promotion season to shed excess inventory. Smartphone sales surged MoM, but the rise didn’t sustain into December when COVID-19 started spreading fast.
Coming to overall sales, China’s smartphone sales declined 14% year over year in 2022, which is counted as the slowest smartphone growth in the last decade. It’s also the fifth year that China recorded continued to decline.
In Q4 2022, China’s smartphone market declined by 15%, and a similar result has been seen throughout the past three quarters.
iOS, Android, HarmonyOS: Huawei lists difference
According to the image shared by a Weibo tipster, Huawei has listed the key difference between HarmonyOS, iOS, and Android inside its experience store to spread awareness about its operating system and remove confusion.
Below you can check the difference between iOS, Android, and Hongmeng systems listed:
The iOS system is a closed-source system developed by Apple, which has relatively high security when downloading software, smooth operation, and simple and beautiful operation of the home screen and app ecosystem.
Disadvantages: The system settings cannot be changed according to the user, and the system compatibility is average.
Android is an operating system designed based on the Linux macro kernel. There are many devices equipped with Android and a wide range of choices. It has a rich ecosystem, high customization, and good compatibility.
Disadvantages: General security, and open source system brings disadvantages of uncontrollable software APP quality.
The HarmonyOS has modularized features, and the microkernel driver enables the system to be disassembled, which reduces the requirements for hardware specifications. Such low requirements allow it to be installed on small devices, such as earphones and smartwatches. HarmonyOS devices can also be connected to each other to achieve a seamless connection.
Disadvantages: The system has been put into use for a short time, and there are currently fewer software developers and system users.
The Chinese tech maker also has a line of tips that would help you to get the most out of software updates:
- Before upgrading the smartphone, it is recommended for you back up important data.
- During the upgrade procedure, make sure that the device has enough battery levels.
- Does the system need to be upgraded related to the current state of the phone.
- Frequent upgrades are not recommended for smartphones that have been used for a long time and feature low specifications.
Huawei UAE launches Draw with MatePad competition
Huawei UAE launched a new “Draw by Huawei MatePad” competition, enabling creative minds and youngsters to participate and show their digital skills.
For the Draw with MatePad competition, Huawei UAE is collaborating with RTA and Samala Magazine and hosting 20 students from Al Alfia girls’ School and watching them sketch out colorful masterpieces using HUAWEI MatePad’s cutting-edge technology.
The theme of “Created by Matepad” is to draw the future of Dubai’s transportation in 2020 with this tablet. Huawei has announced to host from one of Dubai’s schools to experience digital art with the Huawei MatePad tablet.
According to the information, the Draw with Matepad competition opened at Huawei Experience Store, Deira City Centre from January 20th to January 29th.
Anyone can visit the store and sketch a draw on a Huawei tablet and post it on Instagram or Huawei community with #CreatedbyHUAWEIMatePad to enter a lucky draw. The winner of the contest will be announced by January 30.
This drawing competition will allow you to win a Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro, Watch GT 3E, or FreeBuds Pro.