In case you missed it, Huawei – a major Chinese telecom and smartphone maker has been embroiled in a pretty messy situation since a couple of days now. The Trump administration has placed it on the so-called entity list which blacklists and thereby prohibits US firms from dealing with the Chinese firm.
Huawei’s USA partners are already making moves to comply with the order by halting or severing their dealings with the Chinese firm. Google was first to withdraw its services and has since been followed by a number of Huawei partners outside and inside the States. The multiplier effect could be devastating on the firm and could mark the beginning of its end unless more appropriate and drastic measures are taken to address the impasse between Beijing and Washinton.
While millions of Huawei smartphones users are worried about what becomes of their Huawei phones, LG mobile feels it the best time to poke fun at Huawei. Trolling a rival brand in the course of promoting upcoming smartphones aren’t new in the industry, but it is rather worrisome making fun out of a situation that the victim has repeatedly denied allegations levied against it.
Well, Korean LG mobile is banking on this ugly situation to boast about its solid relationship with Google “that’s been going strong for years. While it isn’t a direct jab at Huawei, the Korean phone maker accompanied its Tweet with a screenshot in which it asks the Google Assistant who it’s best friend is, to which the assistant responds with “I don’t want to be too forward, but I think you and I get along quite well.”
— LG Mobile SA (@LGMobileSA) May 23, 2019
LG mobile was once a force to reckon with in the mobile business but has for the past few years been descending into irrelevance no thanks to the declining phone sales. The firm for the first Q1 2019 raked in KRW 1.51 trillion ($1.34 billion) in sales which are about down 30% year-on-year and the lowest income for LG Mobile for at least the last eight years. Whether or not Huawei woes will lift LG mobile into relevance once again is one question begging for answers.