No, Huawei isn’t giving up on the US market

In recent quotes from Huawei execs and statements made by the company in response to financial earnings, we’ve always gotten the sense that Huawei’s desire to do better in the United States (and North America as a whole) is always burning. That’s why I found it weird when it was reported that executive vice president Eric Xu went on the record to say that it would be pulling its focus from the United States market.

It’s no secret Huawei isn’t having the easiest time getting a foothold here, with its most significant offerings for the market often being devices for carriers to rebrand and make their own. Still, it knows if it wants to become a premium OEM and step into the same echelon as big name players like HTC and Motorola, it will have to find a way to get things rolling here.

My suspicion that Eric Xu’s comments didn’t sound right seemed to be warranted, though, as the company has come out to clarify that the executive’s comments have been misinterpreted. Such is often the case when bad translation makes its way through multiple different channels before ending up on news desks everywhere.

According to Beijing News, Xu was simply stating that continued growth and development in markets outside of the United States are as big a focus for the company as any, but that didn’t necessarily mean Huawei was abandoning the US. Of course, you have to consider Huawei could just be doing a little damage control after the fact, but for the time being the company’s stance on the matter is still clear — it wants to improve in the United States, whether Eric Xu’s comments inadvertently contradicts that or not.

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  • Matt Laney

    I have a hard time trusting a phone company that is owned by the Chinese government. I don’t want them stealing my Google Now history and using it to build nuclear hand grenades.

    • Quentyn Kennemer

      Your imagination interests me.

    • Shawn_Locke

      I’m not sure how your Google Now history would help the Chinese government build nuclear hand-grenades. BUT I could see them using the data to make notification-grenades that explode on impact with useless information at random times.

      • Mr. Smith

        How about just spieing?

        • Arve Svendsen

          I mean REALLY! Why would they find anything that happens on a phone interesting. Its only random games, dirty messages and youporn. Thats it.

          If i could i’d take a copy of the inside of my phone and send it to them. They wouldnt even be interested in opening it.

          I slept well tonight, how about you? =)

          • Mr. Smith

            Bank account statements some people even leave work related emails and designs on there phone I would rather the chinese gov didn’t still my personal information no matter the use

        • Miguel Hilario

          Or spelling..

          • Megatron_Don

            plus 1 lol

      • Arve Svendsen

        They must be using NFC Technology with those notification-grenades ;)

    • ari_free

      Great, now the American government is interested in your google now history.

  • Thomas

    To the peeps over at Huawei :

  • DarrenR

    As far as I am concerned theyve never started here. The only Huawei phones avalible here are low-end garbage.

  • WadeDogg

    commiephobia killed this company here in the US.

    exit stage back the way you came..

  • Kyle Cordiano

    Could have fooled me. Your main Tablet in 2012 did not see a US launch. Your phones that were spotted at MWC still have no further details.

  • slogoodland

    Commie pinko tags!