Although Huawei is considered a national security threat in the US, it remains the world's largest provider of network devices. In the US, Australia, Japan, and New Zealand, mobile operators are not allowed to use the company's equipment to build their 5G networks. This could be due to the fact that the company could be forced to collect information (ie espionage) on behalf of the Chinese Communist Government, if so requested.
Countries account for 40% of global GDP when their network operators use Huawei network devices For the next generation of wireless connectivity, the company spends a lot of money on research and development (R & D). According to Bloomberg, Huawei spent $ 1
5.3 billion on research last year, twice as many as five years ago. Of the top ten companies in the world based on R & D spending, only one company has provided cash for these types of expenses faster than Huawei. That would be Amazon. Huawei's research budget increased 149% from 2014, while Amazon increased 210% over the same period.
Indeed, last year Huawei was the fourth largest enterprise in terms of research and development. It followed only Amazon ($ 28.8 billion), Google ($ 21.4 billion) and Samsung ($ 16.7 billion). Apple was in seventh place after spending $ 14.2 billion in 2018. In other words, Huawei spent 14% of its revenue on research last year, after 16% of Alphabet's gross gross revenue. Samsung's spending on research and development in 2018 accounted for 8% of revenue, and Apple's was 5%.
High spending on research and development leads to innovation
Some of these numbers might explain why this is the case with Huawei, which is expected to be the largest smartphone maker in the world next year; Last year, more than 200 million devices were shipped, finishing third behind Samsung and Apple. Driven by high research spending, the company had some innovations copied by other smartphone companies. For example, the Huawei P20 Pro was the first mobile phone with a triple camera setup (since the five cameras on the back of the Nokia 9 PureView were surpassed), and the Mate 20 Pro had a reverse wireless charging feature that fitted the phone like a phone wireless charging bag can be used. This is something that Samsung has copied for the new Galaxy S10 series (it's called PowerShare), and the Apple iPhone models from 2019 (possibly just the OLED devices) should do the same thing. And maybe not as important as other smartphone features: When Huawei introduced gradients for the P20 series last year, other manufacturers quickly offered their new models the same look.
Sometimes, however, they try to be too innovative setbacks. The P30 Pro has an AI feature called Moon Mode that lets users take close-up shots of the moon using the hybrid zoom features of the P30 Pro. However, one researcher recently claimed that the phone adds images from previously published lunar images to fill areas that were not displayed in a user's snapshot. Which only proves that a company that spends a lot of money on research and development is exploiting the moon for some time.
That Huawei plays a major role in creating 5G networks in so many countries bothers the US government. The faster data speed that 5G offers will help stimulate many economies and create new businesses and services we can not even think about right now, including the use of driverless cars. The company denies installing any kind of backdoor in its equipment that could send information to the communist government. And while that might be true, another major concern is that after the 5G spread, Huawei could switch off all these networks towards Beijing.