Huawei Technologies Co. will introduce several new smartphone handset models for the next-generation 5G wireless networks in time for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics next summer, a senior official at the company's Japanese unit said Thursday.
Wu Bo said in a meeting with a group of media outlets that Huawei will "put priority on using Google's services" among apps for the new models amid woes that the U.S. blacklisting of the Chinese company over national security concerns in May could make Google LLC's services unavailable on Huawei's new handsets.
U.S. President Donald Trump's administration views Huawei -- a leader in next-generation 5G wireless networks -- as a national security threat, suspecting its equipment could be used for cyberespionage. Huawei denies the allegations.
"Even if the U.S. government limits the use (of Google services), we have the capability to build our own services," Bo said, adding that his company would seek to boost cooperation in developing Huawei's original apps with Japanese engineers.
Commercial 5G services, which can deliver data transmission speeds around 100 times faster than 4G, are set to be launched in Japan next spring. The technology is expected to be widely used in areas such as autonomous driving, gaming and remote medical surgery.
Huawei is the fifth largest smartphone provider in Japan after Apple Inc., Sharp Corp., Sony Mobile Communications Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., with its handset shipment accounting for 6.2 percent of the total in the last fiscal year ended March.