Huawei Ascend Android device priced at $150, no contract

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The Huawei Ascend Android device

Are you tired of being roped into contracts by your carrier so you don’t have to give your first born child up for the latest device? Do you feel that handheld prices are inflated to make you feel better about signing a contract, despite the fact that device is outdated within 6 months anyway?

If you answered “Yes” to the above questions, you may be in luck with the Huawei Ascend launching with prepaid carrier Cricket Wireless later this month.

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T-Mobile in talks with Huawei over launching the Ideos

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that T-Mobile is in talks with Chinese manufacturer Huawei over distributing their Android powered Ideos smartphone.  The deal would bring the first Huawei device to the US, and T-Mobile is hoping to be able to release it in time for the holiday season.

Reports are also coming in that the device could run as low as $50 dollars, providing a real incentive for those interested in testing the smarphone waters, but who don’t want to spend a lot of money.  The phone is slated to run Android 2.2, and will boast a 2.8 inch display.

Check out the video embedded below for a closer look at the Ideos.

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[via WallStreetJournal]

Huawei looking to Android for new smartphones

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Huawei has plans to release a new smartphone running Android next week. The Chinese manufacturer has released some other Android devices, and we hope to continue to see more released. While there isn’t any information on the exact cost of the new device, Huawei spokesperson Glory Cheung was cited as saying the new phone would be “highly competitive price-wise”. There is also no news as to which market, globally, the device will be offered in.

The official announcement should be on Thursday, at which point we will make sure to keep all our readers up to date. So be sure to keep it here for more!

[via WSJ]

Huawei Technologies joins the rat race

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Huawei Technologies, a very large company based in China, is the latest to throw their hat in the Android phone ring. Their upcoming phone, which right now is only known as the U8150, will have a 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen, GPS, 528 MHz processor, 3.2-megapixel camera, WiFi connectivity, and Android 2.2. While this is clearly not going to be the next super phone it’s always worth taking note when a company this large enters the game. No word yet on a release for the U8150.

Update – This is not Huawei’s first Android phone, only the first with Android 2.2. Thanks to curse and Trebor for keeping me honest in the comments.

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Huawei’s sales to Sprint to be called under investigation

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Huawei, a maker of Android devices, is to be called under investigation by eight United States Senators. Apparently, their sales may breach national security. They go on to argue that a company that provides too many “evil” countries economies, such as Iran and China, should not be allowed to sell inside of the states. They go on to say that “At worst, Huawei’s becoming a major supplier of Sprint Nextel could present a case of a company, acting at the direction of and funded by the Chinese military, taking a critical place in the supply chain of the U.S. military, law enforcement and private sector.” Paranoid much? I, personally, think that this is ridiculous, but who knows?

What do you think? Is this real, or just making a mountain out of a molehill? Tell us what you think in the comments.

[via BGR]

Huawei’s Ideos lands at the GCF and FCC, expected to launch with Android 2.2

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A new phone will be soon be hitting the market with Android 2.2 already installed.  The Huawei Ideos (U8150-B) is now making the rounds at the Global Certification Forum, as well as the FCC.  It’s not exactly the kind of high-end device you would expect to be shipping with 2.2, with the specs including 512MB of ROM, 256MB of RAM, a 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen, WiFi, GPS, and a 3.2-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash.  The device is expected to launch in Britain initially for roughly 170 British pounds, with other countries and a possible US launch to follow.

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Huawei Introduces Cheap Android Smartphone’s the Huawei Ideos

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A new phone from Huawei is designed to be a low cost alternative to some of the more expensive Android based phones in the UK. Launching at around £200 without a contract makes them appealing to those wanting the features without the price. One of the more appealing features is that they will be released running Android 2.2 Froyo. Users will be able to pick up one in pink, yellow or blue. No word on exactly when they will be out for purchase but we expect to see them soon.

Specifications include:

  • GSM / GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / HSDPA
  • 2.8″ capacitive touchscreen – QVGA (320×240 px)
  • 512 ROM / 256 RAM
  • 528 MHz processor
  • 3.2 MP AF camera
  • GPS
  • Accelerometer
  • MicroSD card up to 16GB
  • WiFi / Bluetooth / Micro USB
  • 1200mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 104 × 54.8 × 13.5mm

[via androidphones]

Wind Mobile now carrying Android powered Huawei U8100

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Canadian wireless carrier “Wind” has released what seems to be their first ever Android phone with the Huawei U8100. Specs for the device include:

• Android 2.1
• Full Touch Screen w/ Virtual QWERTY Keyboard
• Built-in accelerometer
• Customizable main screen
• Builit-in Google Maps™ with GPS
• Builit-in Google Search/ Gmail/ YouTube/ Facebook
• 3.2M pixels camera
• Speakerphone
• FM radio
• Wi-Fi
• Bluetooth

Wind is offering the U8100 for $160, but that is an off-contract price. That’s right, this is a prepaid plan. They also mention that new customers can receive a $150 “porting credit” or half off data add-ons for a year.

To check out the device for yourself or look at pricing, head over to the source link below.

[via Wind]

Motorola suing Huawei and former employees for stealing wireless trade secrets

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According to an article over at engadget, Motorola (a huge player in the Android space) is suing Huawei (with a new Android tablet) and over a dozen former employees for attempting to steal trade secrets for wireless and “other proprietary technology” in a time spanning over years, starting in 2001.

The lawsuit was filed in 2008 against 4 former employees (engineers) for Motorola, along with a company called “Lemko” on the previously mentioned charges. Apparently, after digging deeper into the case, Motorola discovered how deep the rabbit hole went, and filed a new complaint on 7/16/10, citing Huawei and 9 other previous employees for allegedly scheming to heist plans for the SC300, a 3G base station.

The complaint states that the plan to steal the trade secrets was fumbled when one of the alleged perpetrators was taken into custody by Customs at O’Hare airport. He had with him over $30,000 in cash and over a thousand pages of documentation pertaining to Motorola’s communication technology. Another former employee was caught bulk purchasing Motorola phones, then sending unlock codes and dump files to Lemko so the information could be reverse engineered.

Motorola also claims it isn’t certain about the exact relationship between Lemko, the former employees and Huawei, saying that “file destruction software” was put onto computers that were turned over as evidence, before they were in the hands of the authorities. They also say that Huawei was completely aware of the fact that it was receiving unauthorized information from the other parties. For a full copy of the complaint filed by Motorola, check it out here (pdf).

[via engadget]