A Huawei Watch owner received a test build of Android Wear v1.4 via OTA and got a chance to experiment with some new features. The biggest features are due in part by the addition of the hidden speaker, which now works.
Even as the Chinese market for smartphones starts to cool off with its maturity and an ongoing struggle to break into markets like the U.S., Huawei managed to achieve some impressive growth and financial results for 2015 according to an open letter from their acting chief executive Guo Ping. On a “solid increase in profits and cash flow” Huawei says 2015 revenues increased 35% compared to the prior year reaching 390 billion yuan ($60.1 billion USD). Read more
An unannounced Huawei smartphone just passed through China’s official certification database, TENAA. According to information included in the filing, the handset carries the model number KIW-AL20, which is believed to be assigned to either a high-end variant of the Honor 5X or the Honor 7 Plus, and in view of the unit’s dual-SIM compatibility, we can infer that it’s headed to the Asian market.
Huawei is ready to push out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to Honor 7 owners in India, but for now, only to those who request the update by filling out Huawei’s OTA request form.
A new rumor out of China indicates Huawei still has plans to release the Huawei D8 even though the timing has been pushed back to 2016. An original roadmap for Huawei devices showed the Huawei D8 on schedule for 2015, but that is not going to happen. Read more
It’s rare to see any company make a smartphone from their own components, with Samsung being one of the only exceptions. Most OEMs buy the processors and other pieces from manufacturers, which is part of the reason why Samsung has been so successful with their component and Exynos business. Not only does it help keep the cost of building a phone a little lower, but supply other partners to supplement their business model. Read more
The Huawei P9, tipped to feature a fingerprint sensor and 5.2-inch display, could be on sale in less than six months, one source suggests.
If a new report published earlier today by The Wall Street Journal is anything to go by, it would appear that Huawei is all set to pay closer attention to the American market in 2016. “People familiar” with the company’s plans claim it will introduce its latest flagship smartphone, the Mate 8, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and disclose details on the handset’s availability in the United States.
Google is looking to continue to partner with Huawei on a new Nexus smartphone with a Snapdragon 820 processor tow for late 2016, according to a new report. The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P may have only recently launched (with much success, at that), but the rumor mill is already churning as to what we could see next.