Embattled Chinese telecom and phone maker Huawei has addressed recent rumors which suggested that the company has scaled down smartphone production, suspending a number of production lines at its major supplier – Foxconn. The rebuttal comes several days after South China Morning Post reported that Foxconn has axed several Huawei production lines after Huawei cut back orders.
Huawei has clearly refuted the claims, saying the report is false. The firm in a statement addressed to media outlets stated that its global production levels are normal, with no notable adjustments in either direction.” As noted by AndroidAuthority, it is quite normal for to manufacturers to adjust production levels as they see fit, be it due to increased or reduced demand, or other factors, but with this rebuttal from the Chinese firm, it appears all is still going well with it, at least for the time being.
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The Chinese firm which finds itself at the center of trade dispute between Beijing and Washington has been under attacked from the Trump administration for some months now, which recently culminated in the commerce department blacklisting the firm in its so called entity list. By implication, the firm can not deal with US firms including hardware and software suppliers. Its key hardware and software suppliers including Googles Android service, Qualcomm, ARM, and Microsoft have since withdrew support for future Huawei device. This has led to endless headlines around alternatives for the Android OS and app store, as well as in-house Huawei chips.
Huawei has however been granted a 90 days reprieve, lasting till August 19 after which it faces the full weight of he ban if no truce is reached. Huawei has an in house chipset for its smartphones, so the most obvious concern has to do with Googles Android OS, though there are reports it is building its own alternative OS that will enable it remain in business.