Abigail Brody joins Huawei, heads up 80-designer UI team
Chinese smartphone producer Huawei has appointed a former creative director at Apple to improve the software used on its devices. Abigail Brody has become the chief user experience designer at the manufacturer, in command of a team of 80 user interface designers charged with "developing creative UI design experiences and the look and feel" for Huawei's devices, as well as establishing a user experience research and design studio in the San Francisco area.
Samsung falls as local manufacturers compete with Apple
Hours before Apple reveals is fiscal Q4 quarterly results, Counterpoint Research has revealed a new study showing that Apple has retaken the top spot in China's smartphone market, selling seven million units last month to take the title back for the first time since February, and outpacing its previous top monthly sales by more than three million units. Chinese manufacturers Huawei and Xiaomi will keep pressure on, however, though Samsung's presence in the market has plummeted.
Huawei Honor 7 has 5.2-inch 1080p display, 20MP camera, metal body
Huawei has launched a pair of new devices in the last 24 hours, including a smartphone and a smartwatch that are both destined for sale in China in the near future. The Honor 7 is a smartphone equipped with a 20-megapixel camera with phase detection autofocus, held inside a metal alloy frame, while the Honor Band Zero has been teased as another round-faced smartwatch that the manufacturer is aiming to release this summer.
Combined fitness tracker and Bluetooth headset joins Huawei P8 Lite in US launch
Huawei has revealed a smartphone it has started shipping to the United States at Computex, accompanied by a previously-announced fitness tracker. The P8 Lite is a lower-specification version of the Ascend P8 and Ascend P8max smartphones Huawei launched in April, while the TalkBand B2 combination fitness tracker and Bluetooth earpiece is also confirmed for release in the United States this week.
Huawei Ascend P8, P8max launching in Europe
Huawei has launched two smartphones as successors to last years' slimline Ascend P7. The Ascend P8 has a 5.2-inch 1080p display held inside a unibody casing measuring just 6.4mm thick and weighing 144 grams (5 ounces), and is flanked by the phablet-sized P8max with a larger 6.8-inch 1080p screen and a set of similar specifications, but with a thicker 6.8mm and heavier 228g (8 ounces) body.
The tablet supports 300Mbps LTE
Huawei has introduced the seven-inch MediaPad X2 tablet at Mobile World Congress. The company promotes the MediaPad X1's successor as suitable for use as a phone, with dual SIM slots and a thin-bezel housing that measures just 7.3mm thick. The second generation promises to deliver improved call quality, enhanced software, and better camera and video features.
The B2 brings an upscale design and new features
Huawei has introduced a new fitness tracker, the TalkBand B2, that made its debut alongside the company's new smartwatch at Mobile World Congress. Serving as a successor to the TalkBand B1, the B2 edition again doubles as a fitness wristband and a Bluetooth earpiece.
The timepiece looks like a traditional wristwatch
Huawei has introduced its flagship Android Wear device, simply known as the Watch. The company has called on traditional timepiece designers to help with industrial design. The result resembles a typical wristwatch, until the display flips from a clock face to an app interface.
Will collect royalties from parties such as Cisco and Google
(Updated with correct purchase price, lawsuit settlements) A subsidiary of San Francisco-based RPX Corporation, RPX Clearinghouse, is buying patent assets held by the Apple-led Rockstar Consortium, according to an announcement. Rockstar was formed by Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony in 2011 in order to buy some 6,000 patents in the wake of Nortel's bankruptcy. Although roughly 2,000 of the patents have already been separately distributed, RPX has entered into a deal in which it will receive license payments from a syndicate of over 30 companies, such as Cisco and Google.
Huawei Ascend GX1 runs Android KitKat, has six-inch 720p IPS display
Huawei has added another smartphone in its Ascend device range, one which is destined for sale on the Chinese market. The Ascend GX1 is a mid-ranged Android KitKat smartphone with a six-inch 720p IPS display, with the combination of its large display and slim body giving the device a high screen-to-body ratio of 80.5 percent.
Huawei Honor 6 Plus uses dual 8MP rear camera sensors for 13MP photographs
Huawei has announced two mobile devices for the European and Chinese markets, extending its Honor range. The Honor T1 is a budget tablet with an eight-inch display packed into an aluminum unibody casing, while the Honor 6 Plus is a smartphone for China with two rear camera sensors capable of merging the two images into a single 13-megapixel photograph.
Smartphone manufacturer lost money on Windows Phone devices
Huawei will not be making Windows Phone devices for the foreseeable future, an executive has revealed. In an interview, head of international media affairs Joe Kelly claimed the smartphone manufacturer failed to benefit from either of its two Windows Phone launches, and that competitors who also use the mobile operating system are facing similar issues.
Pre-orders for Timex Ironman One GPS+ smartwatch start tomorrow
Pre-orders for the Timex Ironman One GPS+ will commence in the United States through AT&T stores on November 7th, and online from November 10th. Designed for runners, the smartwatch is able to track the wearer's speed, distance, and other position-related information, includes 4GB of storage, works with Bluetooth speakers and headphones, and has its own cellular data connection rather than relying on a nearby smartphone. Including one year of AT&T data, the Timex Ironman One GPS+ will be priced at $400.
Honor 4X smartphone includes 64-bit Qualcomm processor
Huawei has introduced one of its smartphones to Europe, at the same time as unveiling another in the same product line. The Honor 6, originally launched in China four months ago, is making the trip to European markets, while the Honor 4X boasts a 64-bit Qualcomm processor alongside a claimed usage time of up to 72 hours from a single charge.
Huawei smartphone measures 6.5mm thick tries to take on other flagships
In May, Huawei unveiled the latest iteration of its Ascend P flagship Android smartphone line, the Ascend P7. Measuring a svelte 6.5mm thick and packing decent specifications, it is a stylish phone that aims to take on major flagship devices from other manufacturers. Does it do enough to conquer its opponents, or does its specifications let down its appearance? Find out in Electronista's review.
Carrier claims Huawei built its own testing machine based on stolen information, parts
Wireless carrier T-Mobile USA has filed a lawsuit against Huawei, alleging that the Chinese phone manufacturer stole a number of trade secrets relating to the carrier's phone-testing robot. In the suit filed with a federal court on September 2, the company claims that employees of Huawei took pictures of T-Mobile's "Tappy" robot, attempted to steal components, and tried to sneak back into the testing facility in Washington after they were banned.
Innovative and beautiful Huawei smartwatch on the way, suggests company head
Huawei will be joining the growing collection of companies creating an Android Wear-based smartwatch. CEO Richard Yu has reportedly advised that the manufacturer is working on its own wrist-based Wear device, though apparently it will not be heading to market until next year, long after other similar smartwatches become available to buy.
LG G Watch R will have October release, cost more than G Watch
The LG G Watch R, the round-faced sequel to the G Watch, will be shipping in October, the company has revealed. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, a spokesperson declined to state how much exactly the Plastic OLED-based Android Wear device will cost when it goes on sale next month, but did advise it would be more expensive than the $230 price the original launched with.
Second Huawei IFA smartphone launch shows Ascend G7 with metal body
Huawei's second smartphone launch at its IFA event is a more modest device in comparison to the Ascend Mate 7. The Ascend G7 is an LTE-equipped smartphone with a 5.5-inch 1280x720 display, and though it has specifications making it a mid-ranged device, Huawei has attempted to make it more attractive by using a metal body with relatively few plastic sections.
Ascend Mate 7 catches up with other flagships, adds fingerprint scanner
Huawei has updated the Ascend Mate smartphone line, with the release of the Ascend Mate 7. The phablet, announced at IFA today, has a six-inch 1080p display packed into its 185g (6.5 ounces), 7.9mm-thick (0.31 inches) aluminum body, giving the smartphone a pixel density of 367ppi and extremely thin bezels on either side of the screen.
Huawei has no choice but to use Android with smartphones, states CEO Yu
Tizen has "no chance to be successful" in the face of Android and iOS, the CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business Group has claimed. Richard Yu advised in an interview that the company has no plans to work with Tizen in the future, despite Huawei having already spent money on research and development for the operating system, one that Samsung is still hoping to have success with.
Extra capacity added to LTE in tests by using 5GHz unlicensed spectrum
Carriers could use Wi-Fi spectrum to extend capacity for its LTE service in the future, if new research is adopted. Researchers from Japanese carrier NTT Docomo and Huawei have managed to use the 5GHz unlicensed spectrum, typically used for Wi-Fi, to operate an LTE network, with the extra bandwidth having the potential to enhance existing LTE cellular networks.
Octa-core Kirin 920 processor used in Honor 6
Huawei has launched its rumored 'Mulan' smartphone as the Honor 6. Just as leaked previously, the Honor 6 has a five-inch 1920x1080-resolution display using thin 2.86mm bezels giving the device a screen-to-body ratio of 75.7 percent, packed into a 6.5mm-thick (0.26 inches) aluminum alloy frame with a 'spin effect' textured finish, which is said to cool the smartphone down by up to 6 degrees Celsius(42.8 degrees Fahrenheit.)
Single radio controller brings improvements in LTE capacity through GSM management
Communications company Huawei and cellular carrier Vodafone have come together to test a technology that could combat the growing congestion in the LTE spectrum. The pair were able to successfully implement what is being called GSM-LTE Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (GL DSS) on Vodafone's network in Spain. Using Huawei's Single Radio Controller (SRC), the companies have found a way for GSM and LTE to share the same frequency.
First smartphone using eight-core Huawei Kirin 920 leaks in images
The first device to use Huawei's first octa-core processor has leaked in photographs on the Chinese social network Weibo. Codenamed 'Mulan,' the smartphone is thought to be called either the Glory 6 or the Honor 6, and takes the form of a device with a five-inch 1080x1920-resolution display, with what appears to be some form of fingerprint sensor or extra button on the back below the camera.
New Huawei processor claimed to beat Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
Huawei is catching up with Samsung and MediaTek, by producing its first octa-core processor. The Kirin 920 28nm system on chip will use a total of eight cores, consisting of four Cortex-A15 cores, clocked between 1.7GHz and 2.0GHz, and a second set of four Cortex-A7 cores, running between 1.3GHz and 1.6GHz, with the processor said to be more powerful than Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805.
10.53Gbps achieved on the 5Ghz frequency
Global technology company Huawei today announced that it has successfully achieved the industry's first 10Gbps Wi-Fi service in laboratory trials at Huawei's campus in Shenzhen. The new protocol, likely to be adopted as the 802.11ax standard, achieved a transmission data rate of 10.53Gbps on 5GHz frequency bands in a controlled environment.
Ascend P6 has 8-megapixel front camera, 6.5mm thickness
Huawei has unveiled its latest iteration in the Ascend P series of flagship Android smartphones, at a launch event in Paris, France. The Ascend P7 follows on from the thin profile of earlier models by having a thickness of just 6.5mm, while still increasing the size of the display to five inches with a resolution of 1080x1920 and a pixel density of 445 pixels per inch.
Lenovo, Huawei outperform smartphone market
Although Apple broke its own records in the first quarter by shipping 43.7 million iPhones, its rate of growth was below that of the smartphone industry as a whole and any of its biggest competitors, according to new IDC data. Year-over-year, Apple's units were up 16.8 percent. The smartphone industry grew 28.6 percent; Apple's biggest rival, Samsung, advanced 22 percent to 85 million units. While only managing 13.7 million and 12.9 million units, respectively, Huawei and Lenovo outperformed in terms of growth, with rates of 47.3 and 63.3 percent.
Huawei servers allegedly penetrated by NSA, possibility of hardware compromise
In an interesting reversal, Snowden-leaked documents are pointing to a pervasive infiltration of Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei's servers. The NSA's "Operation Shotgiant" allegedly probed connections between Huawei and the Chinese army, but also aimed to attack technology manufactured by the company and use the compromised technology for worldwide surveillance.
New statement reverses Huawei CMO comments about dual-OS devices
Huawei will not be producing a smartphone that is capable of booting to two operating systems, the company has revealed. Responding to reports about comments made by Chief Marketing Officer Shao Yang, the manufacturer advised it is not currently planning the release of a device that will boot to Windows Phone as well as Android.
European 2G, 3G, 4G patents from Ericsson used by Unwired Planet in lawsuit
Huawei, Google, HTC, and Samsung have become the targets for two patent infringement lawsuits, filed simultaneously in the United Kingdom and Germany. Unwired Planet, the owner of 2,400 wireless patents it acquired from Ericsson last year, claims a total of six patents have been infringed by the technology company group. Although Unwired Planet has not estimated the possible value of the UK action, the company is seeking at least 30 million euro ($42 million) from the German case.
Large 8-inch display, LTE in mid-range Huawei tablet
Huawei is using Mobile World Congress to demonstrate more than just smartphones, such as the Ascend G6 4G, by also announcing the launch of the MediaPad M1. The eight-inch tablet, which can be used to make phone calls like others in the MediaPad range, is a mid-ranged device that the company hopes will sell thanks to its LTE connectivity. Electronista spent some time with the tablet, and found it to be a little underwhelming.
Industry seeks to limit potential for injunctions
Apple, Samsung, Huawei, and Google are among a group of 19 businesses and associations that have submitted a letter to the European Union, asking it to implement measures designed to fight patent trolls, Bloomberg reports. In particular, the companies are asking for limitations on product injunctions and/or court proceedings when the validity of a related patent is still in contention. Patent trolls are companies that make no products of their own, but instead generate income through licensing fees and/or lawsuits.
Fitness tracker combines wrist-worn device with Bluetooth earpiece
Huawei has entered the wearable devices market with an accessory that provides users more options beyond just fitness tracking. The TalkBand B1 is a wearable fitness tracker that incorporates a detachable Bluetooth earpiece as part of the design, allowing the wearer to make and receive phone calls when not monitoring fitness. Electronista took a closer look at the device at the company's Mobile World Congress display.
LTE-equipped mid-range device 8MP, 5MP cameras
Huawei has launched its Ascend G6 4G smartphone at Mobile World Congress, among other devices. The mid-range smartphone, said to be based on the Ascend P6 in some aspects, offers LTE connectivity in a device measuring 7.85mm (0.31 inches) thick. Electronista briefly put the Ascend G6 through its paces at the trade show, and found it to be a pretty useful mobile device, albeit with some reservations.
4.5-inch display, 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor in Ascend Y530
Huawei has launched a brightly-colored addition to its smartphone range in Europe, with the two-tone casing and physical design said by Huawei to be aimed at a younger audience. The Ascend Y530 is an entry-level Android smartphone with a 4.5-inch, 480x854-resolution display, with the restrained internal specifications matching its low launch price tag.
Ascend P6S thickens casing, upgrades processor of Ascend P6
Huawei has launched its update to the Ascend P6, at the same time as new rumors surface mentioning a new flagship device. Launched quietly in China, the Ascend P6S features a number of minor improvements from the Ascend P6, while the Ascend SX will apparently merge together the design of the P-series devices with the performance of D-series smartphones.
Large battery on Huawei B199 could be used to charge other devices
Huawei has launched a successor to last year's A199 smartphone in China. The B199 sports a similar external design to the original, though the back is made of metal and the 720p display has been increased to 5.5-inches compared to the 5-inch version used in the A199, with Huawei's numerous internal improvements including an upgrade from a 2,150mAh battery to a 3,000mAh model capable of charging another device using an accompanying cable
Second-gen phone supports all networks
Huawei has introduced its second-generation Ascend Mate2, bringing a long list of upgrades as the company continues to promote its brand in the US and elsewhere. The gigantic 6.1-inch smartphone is claimed to reach two full days of heave use, and even integrates an extra USB port so other devices can be charged from its 4,050mAh battery. We checked out the new device at the company's CES press conference today in Las Vegas.
Successor to Huawei Ascend Mate claimed to have same screen
An update to the Huawei Ascend Mate phablet has allegedly been spotted on the Sina Weibo Chinese microblogging site. The new images appear to show it as having a relatively similar appearance to the original, retaining the 6.1-inch 720x1280 display, but the smooth and pronounced curve on the back of the brushed metal frame appears to have been slightly flattened, possibly to minimize rolling when laid on a surface.
Persistent security claims by US officials behind market exit
Huawei is planning to pull out of the United States, according to an interview with CEO Ren Zhengfei. The head of the company is effectively giving up on the US market, following two years of criticism and intense scrutiny by the US government, along with accusations that the telecommunications company is helping the Chinese government spy on US citizens and businesses.
Second smartphone from Huawei with eight-core chip teased this week
More details about another Huawei smartphone with eight-core chip have surfaced, including an image showing part of the device. Teased by Huawei CEO Richard Yu last week as forming part of the Ascend P6S, the same MediaTek MT6592 octa-core processor will apparently be appearing in the Huawei Glory 4 sometime in the future.
Octa-core processor to appear in updated Huawei smartphone
An updated version of the Huawei Ascend P6 is on the horizon, one which will see it having an octa-core processor. Huawei president Xu Xun Quan revealed that the Ascend P6S smartphone will be getting the eight-core treatment in the future, though refrained from hinting at exactly when the device will be coming on the market.
Chinese telecom giant aims at speeds 100x faster than 4G
Chinese telecom giant Huawei has announced that it will invest more than half a billion dollars over the next five years to develop 5G mobile network technologies. The firm, one of the largest mobile phone manufacturers in the world and an important developer of wireless technologies, revealed its research and development intentions on Wednesday in a statement on the Huawei website, according to Reuters. The development of 5G technologies could boost wireless transmission speeds multiple orders of magnitude beyond their current levels with 4G LTE technology.
Group seeking new members; Apple, Nvidia, Qualcomm not members
Cellphone manufacturers Broadcom, Huawei, Oppo, Samsung Electronics and Spreadtrum today announced the formation of MobileBench, a new industry consortium formed to provide more effective hardware and system-level performance assessment of mobile devices. The consortium will initially focus on addressing the need of developers to better understand every element within the mobile platform and deliver optimal system-level performance to enhance the user experience.
Move by Ministry of Public Security response to PRISM, Huawei allegations
In what is likely retribution for both the US government investigating Huawei and the recent PRISM surveillance program leaks, China's Ministry of Public Security are looking into US firms IBM, Oracle, and EMC for potential security problems, reports the state-run Shanghai Securities News. The three companies are the latest in a series of investigations by various agencies within China looking at how both Chinese-national and international businesses act within the country.
Chinese firm under more espionage-related scrutiny in UK government proposal
One of the adult content filtering systems being used at a large Internet service provider (ISP) in the UK has come under fire in reports, due to close ties with the Chinese government. Homesafe, the filtering system used by TalkTalk and praised by Prime Minister David Cameron in his online child protection proposal speech earlier this week, is being managed by Huawei, a company that has been accused of being a security risk by authorities in both the United Kingdom and the United states.
Statement from executive follows claims from ex CIA boss, UK government
Huawei has fought back against security risk accusations by authorities in the United States and the United Kingdom. Huawei vice president of external affairs William Plummer has said in a statement that it is time for those accusing the company of helping state-sponsored hackers in China to provide proof of their claims.
AT&T to hold event for 'what's next in wireless' on July 16th
AT&T has teased that it will be launching something on July 16th at a special event. An e-mail sent to media asking to "Get ready for what's next in wireless," and while it provides little in the way of clues as to what it could be for, Slashgear suggests it could be the launch of a number of smartphones and other mobile devices on the carrier, such as the new Nokia Lumia phone with a 41-megapixel camera expected to be revealed by the manufacturer tomorrow.