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May 05, 2020 14:53

Dazed in crisis: Huawei smells success, Corona Apps stink to the sky

A week with a long weekend is behind us and we take stock again: which players in the technology industry have impressed us and which have disappointed? An overstimulation in Week 18.

Do you feel so funny? April seemed to be flying by and I feel like a time traveler under enormous pressure on my way to an uncertain future. The beginning of the month smells like a new beginning, but the top note of this time clouds me with the stench of uncertainty. It's not just me. The Smartphone market is uncertain; until recently, no one knew whether manufacturers would survive a global recession. But now, coming from the Far East, quite discreetly a Trend is emerging that makes most Smartphone manufacturers start the red pencil. Only Huawei seems to be in the black, defying the crisis with a huge profit in the first quarter of this turbulent year.

Winner of the week: Huawei

This is based on current figures published by the market analysis company Counterpoint Market Pulse last week. In such an important Chinese market, Huawei is able to increase its dominant market share to almost 40 percent in the first quarter of this year – Huawei is the only player to record positive year-on-year growth. The entire market suffers enormously: in China, sales of mobile phones decreased by 22 percentage points year-on-year. Market analysts see short-term restrictions in manufacturing plants and complete closures of stationary trade as the main reasons.

We saw an opportunity here for smaller Smartphone manufacturers, as consumers can avoid commission-driven sellers in retail by placing orders online. However, the figures from China do not prove this (sales of Vivo, Oppo and Xiaomi have fallen by an average of 30 percent) and give us a first impression of what global development might look like. Although Apple also increased its market position in China to ten percent compared to the same period of the previous year (Q1, 2019), sales of iPhones declined by around one percent. Huawei sells despite the crisis and sells more Smartphones-that smells like the title: winner of the week.

With such good news, the organizers of the IFA could not win the title, although they should definitely be mentioned. For example, the organizers of the international radio exhibition in Berlin are planning a physical Event for IFA 2020 this fall. that smells like Stress! This year, numerous requirements and new laws must be taken into account. One thing is certain: IFA will open its doors in Berlin in a limited form and prove the courage to tackle such a mammoth task.

Loser of the week: Corona Apps

With the introduction of the Robert Koch Institute's data donation App, so-called Corona Apps came into the focus of media coverage and into the crossfire of international data protectors. That smells like trouble! In fact, the discussion about Corona Apps has gotten out of hand. Keeping an overview seems almost impossible, because now not only big signposts like Google and Apple are working together on the technological implementation of those Apps. Many companies, Start-ups and institutions seem to be cooking their own soup and developing Apps more or less independently of each other.

The federal government wanted to bring light into the dark with an initially central Tracing App. Without Apple and Google, whose operating systems rule the Smartphone world-because the Tech giants only support a decentralized data model. The planned App launch in mid-April: postponed indefinitely.

Corona Apps vs. Data Protection: minimally invasive for the common good
This is anything but common and leads to uncertainty and aversion to the opportunities offered by pseudonymised contact tracking. Government and developers have to communicate much more sensitively, taking their time in times when time seems to be running out and flying past us. After all, as we already noted last week: the crux of Corona Apps is the human factor, which not without reason senses total surveillance.

In addition to all the Apps developed by private companies worldwide, it was above all the one App of the federal government that was to bring the breakthrough in successful contact tracking in Germany. Lack of transparency and communication chaos on the part of the government envelop the population in a cloud of delusional hopelessness. Corona Apps are losing more and more trust: our sad losers of the week.

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