The growing market share in Europe has helped Huawei compensate for problems in the US. "We are committed to the USA market and to earning the trust of USA consumers by staying focused on delivering world-class products and innovation", Yu writes. "We would never compromise that trust".
And if the company does manage to reverse those trends, it will still be a hard sell for US consumers after several warnings from the country's defense departments. Much of trouble that Huawei has been faced with comes as US authorities are concerned about its close ties to the Chinese government.
In January, for instance, Huawei was all ready to announce a deal with AT&T that would see the Mate 10 Pro officially offered through the carrier. Huawei a year ago launched its Kirin 970 chip, the world's first mobile processor with a dedicated Neural processing unit (NPU) for AI. "The security risk concerns are based on groundless suspicions and are quite frankly unfair", Yu wrote, adding that he welcomes frank discussion as long as it's based in facts.
Despite this, the Shenzhen-based firm previous year increased its research and development spending by 17 per cent to US$13.8 billion, approaching the level of expenditure by United States giants Amazon and Alphabet, Google's parent. Most of Yu's followup reinforced his earlier assertions that, in spite of multiple warning from various United States security departments, this whole thing is blow entirely out of proportion. Huawei's smartphone division-Honor included-recorded an impressive US$36.4 billion in revenue, a 31.9% year-on-year growth. This is the company's latest experience to compete directly with Apple and Samsung in high-end devices. This makes it impossible for other companies to make it big in the U.S. In the back of their minds was a report from 2012 that claimed Huawei and ZTE use their phones and networking equipment to spy on US corporations and consumers. The move wasn't just a blow to Huawei's Android phones, either, also encompassing the firm's laptops and wearables. "We recognize we are not a known brand in the USA, and we need to build our brand here", Yu said.