Huawei is the third-largest smartphone maker in the world, doing brisk business in Japan and Europe, and to a lesser degree in the United States. It wants to increase that ranking and hope that their latest product is enough to corner the US market. With the launch of the Hauwei Ascend P7, it has a hot product on its hands to help reach that goal. Announced Wednesday morning in Paris, the P7 ships with Android 4.4 KitKat and is an impressive piece of equipment. It competes with the other big name brands for system specs, boasting a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 display, LTE network capability, a 1.8GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 13-megapixel rear camera, and 16GB of storage. Seriously, this things blows my last computer out of the water and is giving my new one a run for its money. At 6.5mm in thickness, it's considerably slimmer too.
Apple, HTC, Samsung, and Sony are some of the leading smartphone manufacturers out there, and leave slim or no chance at all for new faces to join the market. However, once in awhile, just like a one-hit-wonder song hits the radio waves, a great phone from outlier manufacturer can make people take notice. Right now, Huawei is such a company.
Huawei is a leading a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider that is aiming to get into the smartphone game. During Mobile World Congress, Huawei introduced the world’s fastest quad-core smart phone, the Huawei Ascend D. The company is also known for producing the world’s slimmest smartphone, the Huawei Ascend P1 S.
We talk with Jack Borg of Huawei in this episode, as he shows us the high-end Ascend P1 S Android 4.0 smartphone. The Huawei Ascend P1 S is the world's thinnest smartphone, and will ship running Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Android from Google. Aside from being thin, the device also sports a gorgeous Super AMOLED display. This was recorded at CES 2012.
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Are almost 50 percent of the world's smartphones running Google's Android? According to Monday data from Canalys, Android ended the second quarter with 48 percent of the market, with Asia Pacific leading the charge.
Globally, the smartphone market is up 73 percent from last year, with 107.7 million devices shipped in the last quarter. Of the 56 countries tracked by Canalys, Android topped 35 of them, with 51.9 million shipments overall.
Why the boost? Canalys pointed to strong Android support from major handset makers like Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, ZTE, and Huawei. Android holds 85 percent of the market in South Korea and 71 percent in Taiwan alone.
Apple came in second place with 20.3 million iPhones sold and 19 percent of the market, which was enough to overtake Nokia's Symbian platform and make Apple the world's top smartphone vendor.