Huawei Hikes Device Sales

11:45 AM -- Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. continues to make a growing impact in the mobile device market.

The company says its revenues from consumer devices -- mobile phones, dongles, tablets and a range of fixed line home devices such as set-top boxes and broadband gateways -- grew 64 percent year-on-year to US$4.2 billion for the first half of 2011, while the number of devices shipped increased by almost 40 percent to 72 million, reports Reuters.

That update came as Huawei unveiled its Vision smartphone (available from September), which runs the Android Gingerbread 2.3 operating system, houses a 1GHz Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) Snapdragon MSM 8255 processor and sports a 3-D display.

The launch comes on the same day that BlackBerry unveiled its new BlackBerry devices. (See RIM Revamps the BlackBerry.)

Both companies are keen to assert themselves as long-term smartphone players: Huawei recently stated that it aims to increase its annual smartphone sales to 20 million this year from 3 million in 2010. (See Huawei Ups Smartphone Target.)

For some reason, many media outlets, including Reuters, are referring to the Huawei Vision smartphone as a "cloud computing mobile phone."

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— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

ericdong 12/5/2012 | 4:57:12 PM
re: Huawei Hikes Device Sales

apparently, huawei is NOT just giving a phone, they are following apple’s iCloud strategy, huawei android phone is just the platform to enable huawei’s cloud version.

digits 12/5/2012 | 4:57:07 PM
re: Huawei Hikes Device Sales

So we are agreed - it is not a "cloud computing mobile phone" - it is a device that accesses content stored remotely, which does not make it a 'cloud' phone.

Apple isn't helping the misappropriation of the 'cloud' term.

To b e fair to Huawei its press release about the Vision phone does not make any claim about it being a cloud device -- it does seem to be a term that was likely used at the launch in Beijing that everyone has picked up and used without thinking what it means.

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