Microsoft is going to launch their next generation mobile phone operating system, Windows Phone 8, on October 29th in San Francisco. Huawei was supposed to be at that launch, but that no longer appears to be the case. Yu Chengdong, the CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, wrote a message on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, that reads:
“As the WP8 four starters manufacturers Huawei, one may be absent at the end of Microsoft’s of WP8 global release General Assembly. As a global the main Andrews manufacturers one Huawei, the end of the month the google next generation Nexus phone and tablet may not Huawei (Taiwanese manufacturers in Japan, South Korea, but on the inside). Sino-US political and economic storm, incomprehensible situation, I hope the guys do not be surprised!”
Rough Google translation aside, he’s basically pissed with how America is treating Huawei, so he decided that it’s better to skip the party in California so that Microsoft doesn’t get lambasted by government entities. According to Cellular News, Huawei will likely attend the UK launch of Windows Phone 8, because the UK doesn’t seem to have any issues dealing with China.
What does this have to do with Android? Huawei makes a hell of a lot of budget Android smartphones. For 200 Euros they’ll sell you something that has roughly the same specifications as the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini. If America doesn’t allow Huawei to compete on its shores, then that would mean companies would be free to charge however much they wanted since there’s one less player competing on price. America is a rich nation anyway, so this doesn’t matter too much, but we think it’s a damn shame that China is being treated like some sort of evil superpower.
It’s the cold war all over again, and everyone is losing.