Huawei Looks to Android With New Devices
Huawei Device, a division of Chinese infotech giant Huawei Technologies, is developing telecommunication devices that will use the Android platform.
Huawei Device’s Indonesian unit, Huawei Tech Investment, have launched nine Android-based smartphones this year, and will launch another three by the end of year. Among them are two smartphones, Huawei Vision and Huawei Honor, and a tablet, MediaTab.
“We will launch Huawei Vision and Honor this month, and MediaTab by the end of December,” said Riadi Sugihtani, Huawei Tech Investment’s marketing director. Riadi said that the Android trend has grown quickly over the past two years, and accounts for 10 percent of smartphones on the market. “We estimate that there are between 300,000 and 500,000 Android smartphone users at the moment,” he said.
“Since Android’s market has just started to grow and the user base is still relatively small compared to other operating systems, there is a possibility that the user base will double next year,” Riadi said.
In the future, Riadi said, Huawei Device will continue to create devices that will support telecommunications. At the moment, the Chinese company only produces modems and handsets, and has only recently entered the tablet market.
Huawei’s MediaTab is said to be the world’s first seven-inch Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablets. Dubbed Huawei Device’s smartest, slimmest and lightest tablet to date, the device measures 10.5 millimeters, weighs about 390 grams, and offers over six hours of battery life.
“One of Huawei’s characteristics is that we always create unlocked devices, so that our users will not have to be dependent on any mobile operators, and are able to choose the best connections wherever they are,” said Riadi.
Huawei Device has been operating in Indonesia since 2004, and will open its first Indonesian flagship store before the end of year.