Thoughts on the battle between Huawei and Apple

I am an Apple fanboy, if you have an opportunity to ask any of my close friends, and I guess I will still be a slave to Apple, because the phones and laptops are just too great to escape from. People love to talk about “ecosystem” when it comes to Apple, for example, iMessage is a service you will miss when you switch to Android phones.

Recently, Huawei is quickly gaining its place in smartphone market, and it has even been risen to a level that Huawei represents China and Apple represents America. As far as I am concerned, this comparison is quite confusing, and dangerous. Some Chinese companies produce decent hardware, for instance, DJI which makes drones, Huawei and OnePlus which make smartphones, Xiaomi which makes smart devices. But none of them is even comparable to Apple’s “ecosystem” at this time, and the incentives to include countries behind them are unnecessary. It will only do harm to both companies, when China and US governments step in this issue.

China is soon becoming the largest market for Apple, and the success in the US is the ultimate destination for all electronic device makers, including Huawei and other Chinese companies. Companies, as an independent identity, are often at stake when customers suspect it having relations with the government, especially after the Snowden incident and GDPR policies being rolled out in the Europe. What I’ve seen so far is whenever Huawei has some problems overseas, Chinese government will seemingly help Huawei out of trouble, sometimes too directly. I don’t believe it is the right way to help Huawei or other companies overseas, to be accepted by foreign customers. It will enhance the suspect that these companies have unusual connections with the government.

On the other hand, I can see countless examples for Apple to try getting rid of the impact from US government. I am not saying that Apple has no connection with NSA at all, because I am not Tim Cook. But Apple constantly states publicly that the data is stored somewhere safe, and nobody except itself can decrypt it. Previously even FBI got rejected by Apple to help them get access to a phone from a suspected terrorist. Unfortunately, I can’t find the actual endeavor from Huawei except useless statements.

For Chinese companies to go abroad successfully, they need to be independent, strong and stable, just like all those legendary multinational companies in the history. Huawei has been out there for so long that it often gives me an image contrary to that, and probably it is not due to itself, but the eager-to-be-helpful government that hopes its children to be successful.

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