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Huawei denies new alarm function favors Muslims

(Global Times)    11:19, November 17, 2017

Chinese technology giant Huawei said some people "viciously attacked" its latest product's alarm function, after some Chinese Net users accused it of "favoring Muslims."

Huawei issued a statement on Thursday, saying that the alarm function is specifically designed for customers in overseas regions, and is not available in China.

Huawei's statement comes after netizens posted videos and screen shots of one of Huawei's product commercials showing it designed the alarm function for users to do morning prayers at nearby mosques.

But the commercial has been removed from Huawei's website and e-commercial websites such as JD.com and Taobao.

Many netizens criticized Huawei for giving preferential treatment to Muslims. Some even called for a boycott of Huawei.

However, Huawei's defenders said they believe the company is considerate enough to design such a function for Muslims.

The company said someone deliberately distorted the facts and fanned the flames to attack Huawei, and that it has vowed to take legal action.

Huawei is a global company which provides customized designs for people from different countries, culture and ethnic groups, the company said. As early as in 2008, Huawei has been attracting many Muslims in countries such as Indonesia by designing special functions for them to practice their faith, such as including the Koran in the cellphone.

Data from market research firm IDC shows that Huawei was third on the global smartphone rankings by shipments in the third quarter with a 10.5 percent market share, trailing Samsung and Apple with 22.3 percent and 12.5 percent, respectively. 

(For the latest China news, Please follow People's Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Web editor: Bianji, Liang Jun)

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