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Huawei makes some striking phones, like the Mate 40 Pro, but they aren't available in the US and lack Google services.
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Huawei is a global telecommunications supplier and phone manufacturer, but it's a pariah in countries like the US. There's been no shortage of scrutiny of the Chinese telecom giant in recent years, and countries like the UK and Sweden have banned the use of its equipment in their 5G networks. The company's phones are also virtually invisible in the US, despite their massive presence around the world.The company's chairman had predicted that 2020 would be "difficult" for Huawei, and there certainly have been challenges. The US continues to pressure allies to block Huawei from their next-generation 5G wireless networks. In July, the UK opted to ban Huawei from its 5G infrastructure: The company's equipment must be removed by 2027 -- a decision that Huawei found "disappointing" as 5G becomes increasingly mainstream -- and UK carriers will be unable to install Huawei 5G gear starting in September 2021.Read more: Huawei's Mate 40 Pro looks beautiful but don't buy it



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The core issue with Huawei has been concerns about its coziness with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies. It's the reason why, in 2012, the US banned companies from using Huawei networking equipment and why the company was added to the US Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security Entity List in May 2019, following an executive order from President Donald Trump effectively banning Huawei from US communications networks. A year later, Trump extended the order until 2021.The US initially offered a reprieve to companies, allowing them to work with Huawei through a temporary general license, but the Commerce Department accused the company of exploiting the rules to continue using American technology in its semiconductor design. It tightened those rules in August 2020 and said the temporary general license wouldn't be extended further.Huawei has long denied any wrongdoing and continues to maintain its innocence.Read more: Huawei and China-US tensions: Where do we go from here?It can be tough to keep pace with the sheer number of headlines, so here's a timeline going back to 2018.2020Dec. 8, 2020: Huawei reportedly tested facial recognition software that could spot Uighur minorities and set off an alarm.Dec. 7, 2020: Huawei is reportedly willing to meet Sweden's requirements after its equipment was banned from the country's 5G network.Dec. 4, 2020: The US is reportedly in talks with Huawei finance boss Meng Wanzhou about a deal that'd let her return to China.Nov. 30, 2020: UK bans installation of Huawei 5G equipment starting in September 2021.Nov. 26, 2020: UK government commits £250 million ($333 million) to diversify its 5G supply chain following its ban on Huawei.Nov. 14, 2020: Qualcomm reportedly gets OK to sell 4G chips to Huawei, despite US ban.Nov. 4, 2020: Huawei sues Trump administration to force release of documents linked to CFO's arrest.Nov. 2, 2020: Huawei reportedly works on plan for dedicated Shanghai chip plant to get around US restrictions.Oct. 29, 2020: Potential Huawei ban raises concerns over 5G in Brazil.Oct. 28, 2020: BT and Ericsson sign 5G deal as Huawei ban takes shape.Oct. 26, 2020: Huawei CFO's trial begins in Canada.Oct. 20, 2020: Sweden bans Huawei from its 5G networks.Oct. 8, 2020: UK Parliament cites "clear evidence" Huawei colluded with Chinese state.Oct. 1, 2020: UK found a flaw of "national significance" in Huawei tech, a government report says.Sept. 30, 2020: China reportedly prepares antitrust probe into Google following Huawei prompt.Sept. 29, 2020: BT picks Nokia to power 5G networks as UK starts to phase out Huawei.Sept. 23, 2020: Huawei chairman labels ongoing US bans as "non-stop aggression."Sept. 10, 2020: Huawei says it's bringing Harmony OS to phones and expanding it to other hardware-makers. It also reveals new headphones, watches and laptops.Sept. 4, 2020: FCC estimates it'll cost $1.8B to remove Huawei, ZTE equipment from US networks.Read more: Not just Huawei: A guide to China's biggest and best smartphone makersAug. 24, 2020: India will quietly remove Huawei equipment from its networks as border tensions rise, a report says.Aug. 19, 2020: Huawei says its older Android phones will software and security updates even though its Google license has expired.Aug. 17, 2020: US on Huawei's access to American chips.Aug. 13, 2020: India takes steps to lock Huawei and ZTE out of its 5G rollout.July 30, 2020: Huawei takes Samsung's crown to become world's biggest phone maker, analyst says.July 29, 2020: Qualcomm settles long-running Huawei patent spat.July 20, 2020: China reportedly considers action against Nokia and Ericsson if EU bans Huawei.July 15, 2020:  Trump administration hits Huawei workers with US visa restrictions.July 14, 2020: UK follows US in banning Huawei from its 5G network.July 3, 2020: Huawei brings Uber rival Bolt to its AppGallery store.June 30, 2020: Huawei and ZTE officially designated national security threats by FCC.June 25, 2020: Trump administration designates Huawei as backed by Chinese military.June 17, 2020: Huawei reveals which phones will get EMUI 10.1 update.June 15, 2020: Commerce Department lets US companies work with Huawei on developing 5G standards.June 10, 2020: NATO boss supports the UK's review of Huawei's role in its 5G rollout.June 9, 2020: Huawei insists it "grew up in the UK" and wants to play a significant role in the country's 5G deployment.June 4, 2000: Documents reportedly reveal Huawei covered up ownership of Iranian affiliate in scheme to sell prohibited US tech.June 3, 2000: Canadian telecoms effectively lock Huawei out of country's 5G development.June 2, 2020: US Senator Tom Cotton tells British politicians he thinks China is trying to use Huawei to "drive a hi-tech wedge between" America and the UK.June 1, 2020: Huawei reportedly turns to rival chipmakers to weather US clampdown.May 27, 2020: Huawei CFO loses case to dismiss extradition to the US.May 26, 2020: UK launches fresh probe into Huawei's role in future 5G plans. Huawei announces partnership with Youtube rival Dailymotion.May 22, 2020: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reportedly looks to in country's 5G networks.May 18, 2020: Huawei criticizes new US rules as "pernicious" and "arbitrary," and China reportedly prepares to take "forceful countermeasures" against US tech companies.May 15, 2020: Commerce Department tightens export controls on Huawei, and extends Temporary General License for another 90 days.May 14, 2020: Trump extends executive order targeting Huawei for another year.May 7, 2020: US rule might let American companies work with Huawei on 5G.May 1, 2020: Huawei Australia's carrier business drops 21% for 2019 as 5G ban bites.April 29, 2020: Huawei reportedly expands partnership with European chipmaker in the face of increasing US restrictions on suppliers.April 21, 2020: Huawei reports 1.4% revenue increase for the first quarter of 2020 as it grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. Also, senior British official reportedly says UK is unlikely to reconsider "firm" decision to allow Huawei access to non-sensitive parts of its 5G network.April 20, 2020: Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei downplays his influence over the company in a South China Morning Post profile.April 17, 2020: Chinese teaser video showcases Huawei's Nova 7 phone series ahead April 23 reveal.April 15, 2020: BT delays removal of Huawei equipment from EE's core network by two years.April 13, 2020: Huawei warns that disrupting its involvement in Britain's 5G rollout would do the country "a disservice."April 2, 2020: Huawei signs non-aggression patent pact as it joins Open Invention Network.March 31, 2020: Huawei reports smallest profit increase in three years as US ban takes its toll.March 27, 2020: Huawei reportedly starts working on cloud gaming platform with Tencent, the biggest games company in the world.March 26, 2020: Huawei reveals P40 Pro Plus, P40 Pro and P40, along with smart assistant Celia. Also, senior US officials reportedly agree on new rules to cut Huawei off from global chip suppliers.






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March 24, 2020: Huawei P40 and P40 Pro apparently leak online ahead of launch.March 12, 2020: Trump signs law to prevent US rural telecom carriers from using Huawei network equipment, and France is reportedly planning to allow some Huawei gear in its 5G network.March 11, 2020: US officials reportedly postpone a meeting on potential new restrictions on sales of technology to Huawei and China, and the Commerce Department extends Huawei license through May 15.March 9, 2020: Huawei cancels P40 launch event due to coronavirus, and US envoy reportedly presses Canada over Huawei role in 5G network.March 6, 2020: Huawei reportedly projects major drop in phone sales amid US sanctions.March 4, 2020: Nokia and Ericsson pitch themselves to US lawmakers as Huawei 5G alternative. Also, Huawei pleads not guilty to new US criminal charges in 2018 case and FCC's Brendan Carr says US "cannot treat Huawei as anything other than a threat to our collective security."March 3, 2020: US senators urge UK to reconsider use of Huawei gear in its 5G network.March 2, 2020: Leaked documents reportedly reveal Huawei's role in shipping prohibited US gear to Iran.Related story: Huawei P40 Pro specs, P40 Pro Plus and P40 vs. P30 Pro and Mate 30 Pro: What's new and what's different?Feb. 28, 2020: Huawei will spend €200 million on new 5G plant in France.Feb. 27, 2020: FCC starts collecting data on Huawei use in US networks, and Senate passes bill banning government purchases of Huawei gear.Feb. 26, 2020: Officials from Huawei and Defense Department spar at cybersecurity panel.Feb. 24, 2020: Huawei will launch its P40 Pro in Paris on March 26, its upgraded Mate XS foldable will be available outside China and the company is bringing a new tablet, speaker and green MateBook X Pro laptop to Europe. And Trump reportedly accuses British Prime Minister Boris Johnson of "betrayal" in a heated phone call about Huawei 5G decision.Feb. 23, 2020: Google warns people against on Huawei's P40 phones.Feb. 21, 2020: The White House reportedly is to combat Huawei.Feb. 20, 2020: Huawei makes an aggressive 5G infrastructure product pitch to European nations.Feb. If you want to find out more information about TX are here to fight for your rights. We do not give up on your case until you get the compensation you deserve. We are available to discuss your case nights and weekends check out our own page. 18, 2020: A judge dismisses a Huawei suit challenging the US government's equipment ban.Feb. 14, 2020: Huawei gets another 45-day reprieve from Commerce Department.Feb. 13, 2020: The Justice Department charges Huawei with racketeering and theft of trade secrets.Feb. 11, 2020: The US reportedly finds Huawei has backdoor access to mobile networks globally.Feb. 7, 2020: Attorney General William Barr suggests that US take a "controlling stake" in Ericsson or Nokia to counter Huawei.Feb, 6, 2020: Huawei hits Verizon with lawsuits alleging patent infringement, and it'll reportedly join forces with Vivo and Oppo against Google Play Store.Feb. 5, 2020: Vodafone says implementing UK and European Huawei restrictions could take five years.Feb. 3, 2020: Huawei asks FCC to drop national "unlawful and misguided" security risk label, and updates its "ultralight" MateBook D laptops.Jan. 30, 2020: Australian politicians dismiss talk of revisiting Huawei 5G ban.Jan. 29, 2020: EU allows Huawei for 5G, but warns states to limit core network access.Jan. 28, 2020: UK gives Huawei the green light to build the country's non-core 5G network, with some limitations, while an analyst says Huawei is the world's top 5G phone vendor.Jan. 24, 2020: The Pentagon reportedly blocked even tighter rules on US companies selling to Huawei.Jan. 23, 2020: Huawei postpones its China developers conference due to deadly coronavirus outbreak.Jan. 20, 2020: Huawei will use TomTom's navigation software and data after losing Google Maps.Jan. 16, 2020: Huawei Mate XS foldable phone will reportedly be cheaper and smaller, while images of purported Huawei P40 Pro hint at many camera features.Jan. 15, 2020: Huawei shipped last year, and it's reportedly courting developers to build apps for its phones.Jan. 14, 2020: The US to block Huawei from its 5G network, and US senators  in 5G subsidies to counter Huawei dominance.Jan. 9, 2020: Sen. Tom Cotton unveils a bill to stop the US from sharing intelligence with countries that use Huawei 5G technology.Jan. 7, 2020: Huawei is allowed to participate in India's 5G trial phase.Read more: 2019Dec. 31, 2019: Huawei boosted phone sales in 2019 but .Dec. 26, 2019: Huawei rebuts suggestions that Chinese state support drove its growth.Dec. 20, 2019: Huawei's new P40 Pro rumored to .Dec. 19, 2019: Greenland opts for Sweden's Ericsson over Huawei for 5G rollout.Dec. 18, 2019: Huawei opens 5G innovation center in London.Dec. 17, 2019:  Huawei will launch the P40 Pro in March without Google support, and Spain's Telefonica says it'll drastically reduce Huawei gear use for its core 5G network.Dec. 16, 2019: US House of Representatives passes bill barring government from buying Huawei gear. Dec. 15, 2019: Norway's Telenor says Huawei will still play a role in the country's 5G rollout.Dec. 13, 2019: Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou wins court order to receive documents for her arrest and extradition.Dec. 8, 2019: Huawei will bring Harmony OS to more products next year, but not phones.Dec. 5, 2019: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson takes selfie with Huawei phone after hinting at ban.Dec. 4, 2019: Huawei slams FCC's new restrictions as unconstitutional in legal challenge.Dec. 3, 2019: Huawei cut US components out of Mate 30 in wake of Trump's ban, and US judge disqualifies Huawei lawyer from fraud and sanctions case, citing conflict of interest.Dec. 2, 2019: Huawei predicts Australia's 5G ban will force it to cut 1,500 jobs.






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Nov. 20, 2019: Huawei Mate X's folding screen costs $1,000 to fix.Nov. 19, 2019: Huawei says US license extension doesn't change the fact that it's being treated unfairly.Nov. 12, 2019: Huawei is reportedly giving staff $286 million in bonuses for sticking through US ban.Nov. 8, 2019: Trump's tech chief slams countries for "opening their arms" to Huawei.Nov. 7, 2019: Huawei founder says the company's coping fine with the US trade ban, but stresses the need for open collaboration.Nov. 5, 2019: Hungary will reportedly work with Huawei in building its 5G network.Nov. 4, 2019: US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says licenses allowing US companies to sell equipment to Huawei "will be forthcoming very shortly." Nov. 1, 2019: Huawei might be working on an iPad Pro-style tablet.Related story: Huawei Watch GT 2e gets a sporty look, new health features.Oct. 31, 2019: The UK general election has apparently on giving Huawei access to the UK's 5G network again. Also, Huawei ships  in 2019's third quarter.Oct. 28, 2019: The Federal Communications Commission says it'll cut off funding to wireless carriers using Huawei and ZTE equipment.