The next handset from Huawei will presumably be the successor to the Ascend P7. This time around, however, the naming will be slightly different. The company is apparently dropping the word “Ascend” when naming future phones. This means that the next handset will simply be known as the Huawei P8.
Omlet Chat, touted as an open social platform, was started as a spinoff from Stanford University’s StartX platform. Now, the messaging app will be pre-installed on upcoming Huawei devices (running Android) following the announcement of a partnership. Omlet will be tailored for Huawei devices, saying that “the partnership will also make the social experience on Huawei more fluid, freeing people to share messages, images, videos, and themes from across the device with one click.” The first feature to hit Huawei devices due to the partnership is photo sharing from the lock screen.
All Omlet features will ship with Huawei devices starting later this year.
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Last month Huawei introduced the Honor 6 Plus, a follow-up device to the Honor 6 that was released earlier in the year. The Honor 6 Plus bumped up the screen size to a 5.5-inch display compared to the Honor 6’s 5.0-inch display. When initially released, Huawei was only making the device available in the Chinese market. Now, buyers outside of China have a chance to get the Honor 6 Plus for $399 thanks to Oppomart which is selling an unlocked version.
The $399 that you shell out for the Honor 6 Plus will get you a 16 GB version that does support 4G LTE. The main caveat is that you have to want a white phone as that is the only color that is currently available. Along with the 5.5-inch 1080p full HD screen and support for 4G LTE, Huawei gave the device an octa-core Kirin CPU running at 1.8 GHz, 3 GB of RAM, and the dual 8 MP camera setup particular to the Honor devices. Huawei also gave the device their Emotion UI on top of Android 4.4.
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It is no secret by now that Chinese smartphone manufacturers are finally starting to generate some significant momentum in gaining market share through increasing sales of devices. A leaked memo floating around Huawei as the company preps for the public announcement of their 2014 results reveals strong growth for the manufacturer. According to the data revealed in the memo, sales rose by almost one-third to $11.8 billion in 2014 on the back of a 40% increase in smartphone shipments. If there is any downside, it is the fact that Huawei’s estimated 75 million smartphones shipped lags below their target of 80 million units for the year.
In another sign of the continuing end of hostilities between the world’s smartphone manufacturers, Rockstar Consortium, Inc. has announced the sale of 4,000 patents to RPX Corp. The portfolio was originally obtained by Rockstar in a bidding war that took place during 2011 between Rockstar and Google to obtain the intellectual property from Nortel Networks. Rockstar is a consortium made up of Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony. RPX licenses patents to companies that join their syndicate, including Google and Cisco Systems.
The new year is approaching and that means new devices are incoming. Huawei is among the many companies that are expected to introduce new hardware early next year. An image of an alleged Huawei handset appeared on Weibo. It is believed to be the Ascend Mate 7 Plus because of how it resembles the original Ascend Mate 7. The word “Plus” is included because everything is, surprise, larger. The rear speaker is elongated for example. The color and shaping is nearly identical to the Ascend Mate 7.
As you know, Dual-Lens Phones are all the rage these days, as seen by the HTC One M8’s commercial success. Huawei also saw some success with its Honor 6 this year with its great value and practical specs.
Huawei has announced the TalkBand B1, a fitness tracker with an integrated Bluetooth earpiece, will be available from GetHuawei.com, Newegg.com, Amazon.com and Fry’s Electronics in the U.S. beginning November 14th. The tracker will initially be available only in true black at a suggested retail price of $129.99 with more colors to be release during the upcoming year.
In six days, Huawei will be launching a new handset in Europe. The Honor 6 is set to arrive next week in select countries allegedly including the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, and France. Huawei is holding everyone over by hosting a contest in which fifty Honor 6’s are being given away. The only thing necessary is an email and then Huawei will contact winners. To increase your chances of winning, refer some friends and have them participate as it nets another entry.
Folks in the United States, we have no word on the Honor 6’s status at this time. So just keep your fingers crossed for now.