Will Huawei be forced to bypass Windows Phone 8 US event?

A few weeks ago, Microsoft sent out invites to the media to "save the date" of October 29th to attend an event in San Francisco for the "launch" of Windows Phone 8 (in fact, the first phones with the mobile OS will likely go on sale in early November). Today, Microsoft sent over an updated invite to Neowin and other media outlets with more specific location details.

However, it looks like one of Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 hardware partners may not make the US launch event. WPCentral.com reports that, according to a message from Huawei CEO Yu Chengdong, their Windows Phone 8 device may not appear in San Francisco because of  the "Sino-US political and economic storm”.

He is almost certainly referring to the current issue his company and another Chinese smartphone maker, ZTE, have with the US government. Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee issued a report recommending that both companies be kept out of the US market due to possible security issues. Both Huawei and ZTE have denied they pose any such threat.

Images of Huawei's Windows Phone 8 device, the Ascend W1, have already been leaked online. It's possible that the company will be a part of other Windows Phone 8 launch events that will be held in other parts of the world such as London. Munich, and Milan.

Source: WPCentral.com | Image via Microsoft

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What's funny is that the US has a problem with ZTE and Huawei selling their products in the US because they're apparently spying on the citizens.

BUT the military has no problem with the Russian Government ferrying F-35 parts around the US. There was a post on reddit yesterday showing the F-35 coming out of an AN-124.

-Razorfold said,
What's funny is that the US has a problem with ZTE and Huawei selling their products in the US because they're apparently spying on the citizens.

BUT the military has no problem with the Russian Government ferrying F-35 parts around the US. There was a post on reddit yesterday showing the F-35 coming out of an AN-124.

While the plane may be Russian, aren't the crew and owning company American?

sviola said,
While the plane may be Russian, aren't the crew and owning company American?

Nope. There's only 3 operators of the an-124, 2 of them are Russian and the other is Ukrainian.

I'm just pointing out the irony. I mean the vast majority of stuff is made in China but nobody says those products are used for spying. But why is ZTE / Huawei being singled out for it? All their products go through FCC testing and so far none of them have been found spying.

-Razorfold said,
What's funny is that the US has a problem with ZTE and Huawei selling their products in the US because they're apparently spying on the citizens.

The threat is real, China is an enemy and a communist state meaning it is very influential over how companies do business. Huawei's founder also has strong links to chinese intelligence... You ignorant fools will be the first one to complain when all of your network infrastructure is compromised and controlled by Chinese hackers...

ingramator said,

The threat is real, China is an enemy and a communist state meaning it is very influential over how companies do business. Huawei's founder also has strong links to chinese intelligence... You ignorant fools will be the first one to complain when all of your network infrastructure is compromised and controlled by Chinese hackers...

Can I get one of them tin foil hats?

ingramator said,
China is an enemy and a communist state

Just like US government controls large social networks and media. There is no really any big difference between US and China. Both are communist states, using your terminology.

But actually, China is not a communist state and never was. It's social-democratic.

Ad Man Gamer said,
Can I get one of them tin foil hats?

In the space world, it gets even crazier.

Any satellite with any US components whatsoever cannot be launched on a Chinese rocket. There are now special "ITAR-free satellites" that you can buy from European satellite-makers that do not have so much as a screw that's made in the USA.

In 2011, back when we still had a space shuttle, Chinese journalists were even barred from attending shuttle launches. Because, see, "Chinese" journalists actually come from the planet Krypton, and they've got super X-ray vision that lets them steal secrets even when they're three miles away from the rocket.

theyarecomingforyou said,
The US can't compete fairly so it blocks foreign competitors - it's nothing new.

The concern is that they would be building telecom infrastructure and they are heavily influenced by China's government.

60 Minutes did a good report on it.

theyarecomingforyou said,
The US can't compete fairly so it blocks foreign competitors - it's nothing new.

But they are using a oS of a us company and none of the other oems are american either.

theyarecomingforyou said,
The US can't compete fairly so it blocks foreign competitors - it's nothing new.

Not the case at all.

Shingi_70 said,

But they are using a oS of a us company and none of the other oems are american either.

Well obviously the concern isn't with their cell phone business (I wasn't even aware that they manufacture cell phones). The concern is with the other side: cell tower and network infrastructure equipment.

CentralDogma said,

Well obviously the concern isn't with their cell phone business (I wasn't even aware that they manufacture cell phones). The concern is with the other side: cell tower and network infrastructure equipment.

Yet there's been no proof of Huawei doing any of the things the US has claimed...

theyarecomingforyou said,
The US can't compete fairly so it blocks foreign competitors - it's nothing new.
I'm confused. Please point out to me which US manufacturer of smartphones is being protected? Oh, that's right, there are NO smartphones made in the US. Nice try.

theyarecomingforyou said,
The US can't compete fairly so it blocks foreign competitors - it's nothing new.

the us can't compete fairly??
the us has several major companies- apple, microsoft, google, etc.
the only reason huawei may be blocked is because of their investigation.

CentralDogma said,
60 Minutes did a good report on it.

60 Minutes completely mislead its viewers about the report in congress.

The entire basis for 60 mintues and the official intelligence report was based on what could happen. Not a single thread of evidence has been produced to backup the fears.

More importantly. The blue hairs at 60 Minutes & in Congress believe the B.S. shown on shows like 24 when it comes to hacking and firewalls. Chinese companies would have to be outrageously sneaky and incredibly lucky to successfully do what Congress is scared of.

It's Cisco and other non-chinese network manufacturers driving this scare tactic onslaught. They are using Government to impede competition playing on everybody's fear of the boogie man.

MrHumpty said,

60 Minutes completely mislead its viewers about the report in congress.

The entire basis for 60 mintues and the official intelligence report was based on what could happen. Not a single thread of evidence has been produced to backup the fears.

More importantly. The blue hairs at 60 Minutes & in Congress believe the B.S. shown on shows like 24 when it comes to hacking and firewalls. Chinese companies would have to be outrageously sneaky and incredibly lucky to successfully do what Congress is scared of.

It's Cisco and other non-chinese network manufacturers driving this scare tactic onslaught. They are using Government to impede competition playing on everybody's fear of the boogie man.

As CentralDogma said, its the network infrastructure that's the issue. I would hazard a guess that it is down to foreign government control rather than a global company like NSN or E///.

CentralDogma said,
The concern is that they would be building telecom infrastructure and they are heavily influenced by China's government.

60 Minutes did a good report on it.

Doesn't sound persuasive. It's just a hidden excuse to bypass WTO rules. But it won't work. If US apply any actions Chinese response via WTO will follow immediately.

jezj said,
As CentralDogma said, its the network infrastructure that's the issue.

The real issue is that the US government wouldn't be able to use Chinese technology to spy on its own citizens.

theyarecomingforyou said,
The US can't compete fairly so it blocks foreign competitors - it's nothing new.

lol, what US smart phone makers exactly are they protecting?