The Chinese telecom giant Huawei has been on the receiving end following a trade ban imposed by US President, Donald Trump. Trump’s strict sanctions against Huawei caused a disturbance in the tech world, most significantly from Google who revoked the Chinese smartphone manufacturer’s Android license, saying that they are complying with the orders from the White House and are reviewing the implications.
Huawei being blocked from Google android implies that its future smartphones may lose access to apps including YouTube, Gmail and Maps, and to the Google Play store and to security updates which are valuable to consumers.
In solidarity with Huawei users, a Chinese restaurant in Malaysia chose to offer discounted dinners in the last few days of the month of May. TNR by Sean & Angie customers got a 20 percent discount on their entire bill from May 27 to May 29.
“Huawei users get 20 percent discount from the total bill. Dine in only promotion from 27th to 29th May 2019, terms and condition apply,” read a post on the eatery’s Facebook and Instagram, with the caption, “Show your Huawei power.”
“We feel it’s not fair on consumers because consumers should always have a choice,” said Angie Taweepan Chantowatha who co-owns the eatery with her husband Sean Ong.
A week to the actual dates when the restaurant started giving away the 20% discount on bills, Angie noted that the customers were really looking forward to those three special days of the promotion: “From the post, customers seem to respond really well to it on Facebook and Instagram. We’ve been getting a lot of inquiries. Our marketing strategy is to link our posts to what’s in the news.”
Having been caught in the middle of the ongoing trade war between the US and China, as a victim, Huawei which uses Microsoft’s Windows on its laptops and tablets, has long sought to develop its own operating systems as the future does not seem so certain for its business operations.