Huawei has plans to take over the world…well overtake Apple and Samsung anyway
posted by Maxwell R. / Mar 03, 2013, 1:14 AM
Huawei is a giant in its own right, the number 2 telecom equipment manufacturer in the world (behind Ericsson). That makes it a critical component to what makes the internet work. The company has also been making strong inroads in the mobile communication space. Huawei made an impressive showing at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada in January, introducing the high-end Huawei Ascend D2 Android smartphone, and the 6.1-inch screen Ascend Mate. At MWC 2013, the manufacturer earned some more press with the announcement of the Ascend P2, another high-end device, dubbed the "world's fastest smartphone" to take on established competitors around the world.
The company is one year into a five year transformation strategy, and this company does need to transform. Huawei is mired in controversy related to the security and integrity of its products. Some investigations have led many to suspect the company is an active partner in assisting the Chinese government spy on foreign entities.
Huawei has enough of an image problem that companies in the US are actively discouraged from doing business with it, and the company is not allowed to bid on government contracts in the US, Australia or New Zealand. The company claims that it is “employee owned,” an odd annotation in a communist state with selectively capitalistic economic policies and where privacy is not the primary concern of the state.
Wan Biao sees the consumer as the way to clean the brand image for Huawei. He is also confident and clever. When asked if Huawei can really reach the ranks of companies like Apple and Samsung, his response was, “I can’t predict who the other two will be.” Wan is executing this plan now, aiming at the high end segment.
“Our philosophy is that , within any one price segment, Huawei’s the best one. And in the price segment of iPhone, second half of this year, we have a new flagship, targeted at the higher end,” according to Wan. That corresponds to being about 18 months into the aforementioned five year transformation. That seems like an overly aggressive, overly optimistic plan, but Huawei does have an advantage.
“Why can we have these kind of technologies? Because we come from the network side. When we develop our network side, we develop our chip set alongside it. No one else can do that; only Huawei can do that. Samsung can’t do that. And we have 10,000 research and development engineers developing radio technologies. Samsung has the technology of the display. Huawei has telecommunications.”
And that right there says a lot. Moreover, Huawei has 45,000 software engineers. Huawei is focused on Android, but is also working with Windows Phone. The sales of the Ascend W1 have been good, and the company believes that consumers will like it.
The image can be polished up by good deeds and great marketing. The products are arguably already there to compete on a global scale. “We’re one year in to a transformation. We are on the way to being a top-three consumer brand.”
source: Business Insider
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ok lets hope not
posted on Mar 03, 2013, 1:17 AM 10
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AND WHY NOT? just because its chinese...? you realize what a comment like that makes you right? Huawei has been busting a$$ and is the second largest telecom giant in the world providing infrastructure solutions to governments on nations worldwide. the huawei devices revenue is like a drop in an ocean for them yet they continue to work hard and bring out stellar devices to challenge the best in the android world! I personally use a Note 2 and I like Sammy because they have produced the best in android but I call it as it is. if tomorrw huawei or any neew company can beat sammy or any of the other majore giants like Apple....then personal feelings aside they deserve the credit. Reputation and brand value does not only have to be earned but also maintained and its good companies like Huawei, Lenovo and others are coming up and giving ta tough fight becaause the ultimate winner is the customer who ends up with even more amazing devices! and oh yeah all that bullcrap about Huawei being a spy and all...that garbage talk...its childish people even consider that!
posted on Mar 03, 2013, 10:57 AM 4
well at least they gotta change their name first....''HUAWEI'' doesnt sound good to the ears of Westerners.
posted on Mar 03, 2013, 1:26 AM 15
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they should not make it as a top seller if they can't prove that they are not partners in the communist espionage scheme. i agree with the name. it's difficult to say and spell.
posted on Mar 03, 2013, 1:46 AM 0
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1 year into a 5year plan....not taking a chance no matter what kind of phone they produce i will buy the note 3 fulfill my 2yr contract and maybe then go with huawei providing everything checks out with their phones and they dont try to install some deeply embeded spy software in it somewhere.....
posted on Mar 03, 2013, 3:05 AM 2
Dream on Huawaei YOU'RE PHONE isn't even have a 1080P HD screen only 720P. Plus you might but a bug in their.
posted on Mar 03, 2013, 11:39 AM 0
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Unfortunately, good hardware is worthless without a very good software AND updates! It's a lesson that Samsung has learned very quickly, and that's why they are the largest player right now! Users nowadays no longer are satisfied with good hardware without the latest updates. And to clarify a misunderstanding: It's not the fault of Samsung that carrier specific software releases arrive late. It's the fault of the carriers who have specific requirements! Huwaei has a very bad reputation where it comes to software updates. I know from experience after I bought a Ideos S7 tablet which got stuck on Android 2.1 They never released any update for the device. In short thats Huawei: Try to sell a lot of hardware but never mind about customers or updates. My advice: STAY AWAY from HUAWEI. They can better use the next four years for the release of updates for their devices they sold over the last few years Perhaps that would give them some credit with their future customers ;)
posted on Mar 03, 2013, 12:17 PM 4
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They are steadily improving each year, you'd be surprised how up to date their latest devices are, although they are less attractive at price point. Point is, they are taking pages out of Samsung's book on the support front and the bigger they get the more community stuff will come. My advice: don't judge on the past in the mobile world but on the present, because one year can make a huge difference.
posted on Mar 04, 2013, 4:01 AM 0
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