Have things come to this point for Huawei? Is the company really facing trouble selling its phones that it needs to sell lock screen ads on its handsets? A number of tweets from Huawei owners show how those using the pre-installed “random landscape backgrounds” are having this on their lock screen turned that into ads. The affected models include the Huawei P30 Pro, P20 Pro, P20, P20 Lite and the Honor 10. Huawei users with these models are not happy about this at all.
It looks like Huawei is now putting up these lock screen ads in various regions. So far, they have been spotted in the U.K., Netherlands, Ireland, Norway, South Africa, and Germany. Thankfully the placement on the U.S. Commerce Department’s Entity List for the reasons related to security, the company is not allowed to obtain parts and other software from the U.S. Google, Qualcomm and ARM Holdings are among one of the major suppliers who have announced that they have cut ties with Huawei completely, though the manufacturer does have a limited reprieve.
Without the service of Google Play version of Android, Huawei lost access to Android updates, core Google apps, and the Google Play Store. Subsequently, it will either utilize its own Hongmeng operating system and App Gallery app store or any other alternative.
It was rumored that Huawei is testing a Russian developed OS known as Aurora that derives from Jolla’s Sailfish OS. The latter evolved from MeeGo, the gesture-based OS that was installed on the Nokia N9. Reportedly, Huawei has sent out one million devices with its Hongmeng operating system and a number of devices with Aurora OS to collect feedback on both.
While Huawei is the largest supplier of networking equipment in the world, it seems that its smartphone business is now taking a big hit. Last year, after shipping 206 million units, the company saw its first-quarter deliveries rise over 50% to 59.1 million handsets.
Huawei was on the right track to become the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world by the next year. Based on the expectations of Strategy Analytics, Huawei’s shipments could drop to as low as 125 million phones by the year 2020. So instead of passing around a hat or even starting a GoFundMe page, the company is now selling its Lock Screen space. Although it isn’t the first company that is doing this, and Amazon Prime Exclusive handsets show these ads as well. But Huawei might be the most surprising phone manufacturer to sell space on its phones.
(Via: Android Police)
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