United States: Huawei courts app makers despite sanctions threat to its devices

At Huawei’s annual developers’ conference, the company made a difficult pitch to the thousands of longtime partners in attendance: to continue making apps for its devices, despite not knowing how much longer Huawei would be able to make smartphones.

As Zhang Ping’an, Huawei’s head of consumer cloud, said: “Without apps, our phones are not ‘smart’ phones.”

After the first round of US sanctions in 2019, the company rapidly expanded its own smartphone software to reduce its reliance on partners who can no longer do business with it, such as Google and Facebook.

The original full article can be found at ft.com

(Photo: REUTERS/Toby Melville)

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