In other not-so-surprising news, Android is the dominant platform in most major markets worldwide. According to Kantar Worldpanel, Android-based devices are away and by far the dominant devices in Italy, Spain, Great Britain, France and Germany— countries which account for over 70% of the European market. Oh and don’t think Android’s dominance is limited to just Europe either— Kantar Worldpanel indicates that over 70% of all Chinese smartphones run Android, also placing Android head and shoulders above iOS and Windows Phone devices. The perceived culprits for the explosive growth? In Europe, it’s Samsung as it is responsible for almost half of all smartphones sold in the top-5 countries; in China, it’s probable that the likes of ZTE and Huawei help to spark the growth of the Android platform.
While Android has a healthy lead outside the States, it is still worth noting that the other platforms are still alive and kicking as well. Kantar highlights iOS-based devices currently hold a 41.9% market share in the U.S., an increase of 3.5% over the same period last quarter. Conversely, Android saw its existing market share lead grow only marginally, from 51.9% to 52.0% over the same period last year. Oh and despite Windows Phone’s lack of popularity out here in the States, it too is experiencing significant growth in Europe as it saw its market share grow an average of 2.5 percent points in the measured top-5 European countries.
source: Kantar Worldwide
In an effort to keep up with the competition, Kevin Ho, president of the handset product division at Huawei, has said that the company is currently working with Google to bring a Google Edition of their new P6 smartphone that will feature stock Android.
This news is a bit odd, considering that Huawei’s chairman, Richard Yu, said that Huawei’s Emotion UI was better, with “hundreds of improvements” over the Google Android experience. It is clear that they are now backtracking on this statement to better fit a wider ranger of consumers’ needs. The move also certainly puts the company’s name in the conversation. More news to come in the near future on the Google Edition of the Ascend P6.
The key to Huawei’s imminent dominance in the smartphone industry is the introduction of a variety of handsets that cater to a wide range of consumers. So with that in mind, the Prism II and Honor 3 smartphones are on the way and hope to give people the best bang for their buck. First off, the Prism II is a follow-up to the original T-Mobile Prism smartphone and will aim to cater to the budget crowd. It comes stuffed with a single-core processor, 3.2MP camera, an HSPA+ radio and Jelly Bean 4.1 fired up. While there’s no concrete price just yet, the device is listed on the T-Mo website and should arrive some time in the immediate future with a sweet price tag for prospective customers.
The Honor 3 on the other hand, plans to cater to a more mainstream crowd. In addition to a Android 4.2.2, the device will utilize a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 720p display, 8GB of on-board memory and a 13MP camera. Unfortunately this device doesn’t appear to be headed to the States, though it should see an imminent release in other markets soon.
source: Unwired View
First we started seeing phablets, and now we’re seeing full-on tablets with phone-calling and SMS capabilities hit the market. Huawei plans to keep the trend moving with their new MediaPad 7 Vogue. This device has a 7-inch 1024 x 600 IPS display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 3MP rear camera, .3MP front-facing camera, 8GB internal storage, a microSD slot for expandable memory, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean layered with Huawei’s Emotion UI.
Obviously the features that put this tablet in the spotlight are its abilities to make phone calls and send texts— it also comes with a speaker at the top of the device so you can just hold it up to your ear rather than use a pair of headphones… if you want to look absolutely silly, of course. We’re not sure that there are so many people willing to haul around this thing for the purpose of making phone calls, but there certainly is a market for it. To start, the MediaPad 7 Vogue will launch in China this month, with other markets to follow shortly after.
What do you guys think? Would you buy one of these? Would you use the phone speaker at the top of the device or plug in some headphones?
Considering Huawei is on a little bit of a tear with its latest newest smartphone release, it should come as no surprise that it will be much more aggressive with its positioning as one of the world’s top brands, while creating a little bit of controversy in the process. While showcasing its new Ascend P6 smartphone to the general public last week, CEO Richard Yu made it clear that the company as a whole intends to make devices better than the world’s top brands, while making them cheaper and thus, more attractive for consumers in the process. Oh and Yu also highlights that Sammy’s Galaxy S 4 is not only painfully average, but Huawei is on the path to making its devices much more user-friendly for its consumers:
Huawei just took the wraps off the Ascend P6. As expected, it’s the world’s slimmest smartphone at 6.18mm and it just so happens today is 6/18 to coincide with the announcement. It has a 4.7-inch 720p in-cell LCD display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 8GB internal storeage, microSD slot, 8MP rear BSI camera with f/2.0 aperture, 5MP front camera, 2,000mAh battery, and Android 4.2.2. The LCD display has “Magic Touch” for better response when using gloves. The Ascend P6 also features multi-screen AirSharing capability, which lets you connect to a bunch of devices for sharing documents and games.
It will be released in China this month and Western Europe in July through Vodafone, Telefonica, Orange, H3G, O2, Carphone Warehouse, TalkTalk, Media Markt & Saturn, TIM and online via Amazon and CDiscount with other markets to follow. You can get it in black, white, or pink. Full presser after the break.
Once again, thanks to evleaks Huawei’s Ascend P6′s specs and screen shots of its new Emotion UI have been leaked. According to evleaks, the Huawei Ascend P6 will come with a 4.7-inch 720p HD touchscreen, a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, an 8 MP BSI rear camera with macro capabilities starting at 4 cm, and a 5 MP front-facing camera with “face enhance.” Nothing out of the ordinary as the specs are just about aligned with current other flagship device specs. The most interesting part was the leaked shots of its Emotion UI.
As you can see the shots kind of reminds you of a “wooden” like theme. At least it does for me. Certainly not my taste, but I’m sure it will interest other people. Hopefully Huawei just keeps their device currently updated with each Android update.
Huawei is hyping up its latest smartphone in the Ascend lineup by showing pictures of the Ascend P6 on Facebook, shown above, and it looks to be an extremely attractive device. The ultrathin device is rumored to be just 6.2 mm thin. Not only is the device incredibly thin, Huawei is boasting about the attention to detail they’ve put into every aspect of the phone.
As if Huawei doesn’t have enough of a challenge breaking into Western markets with their smartphone devices, they have been dealing with an Internet rumor swirling around the price of their forthcoming Ascend P6 smartphone. Although the Ascend P6 has not yet been released, reports surfaced indicating the device would be priced at about $330. Huawei CEO Richard Yu had some especially harsh words regarding the source of the rumors, which he posted to his Weibo account:
Once again thanks to evleaks’ Twitter account, Huawei’s Ascend P6 has been leaked through various screen shots. With the thickness of just 6.2 mm’s, this should be the worlds thinnest smartphone upon release. The device will have a 4.7 inch 720p display. Not much else is known about the device, but it should be announced sometime next month during an event in London.