How to survive in the jungle of selling smartphones without Google services? It is this challenge that Huawei has been facing for several months, after the ban dictated by Donald Trumpp for American companies to collaborate with the Chinese giant, against a background of suspicion of espionage on behalf of Beijing. But Huawei has decided to take the bull by the horns and get around this difficulty by “developing what is called the HMS device, a better equivalent of Google”, indicates at the microphone of Europe 1 Jacques Biot, chairman of the board of administration of Huawei. An opinion that the specialized French sites do not share.
A homemade system to do without Google
Invited to return to the announcement of the creation of a Huawei factory in France, he said that this tool “will allow all buyers of Huawei mobiles to have access to all applications”, including that of Alphabet, the parent company of Google. One way to get around part of the handicap caused by the inability to use Google’s tools, but which does not solve the root of the problem. Since even with his own in-house system, the founder and CEO of the brand, Ren Zhengfei, ex-military technician of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), maintains very strong ties with the Chinese government, and could be constrained by the latter to provide him with information under a specific law.
Spy insinuations that make you “smile”
There is a risk of losing strategic data that Jacques Biot sweeps away with the back of his hand: “All these insinuations make us smile. Most of the big French bosses are former soldiers who have just graduated from Polytechnique.” More specifically, according to a study conducted by IG Index at the end of 2018, 12 of the 50 largest French CEOs graduated from this prestigious school.
“Basically,” he continues, “we know very well that the European market will wish to maintain a diversity of supply, it is in its interest and most countries, including France, have understood this”.