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Global smartphone market on the rise

Written on Wednesday, 06 November 2019 05:54

Research from Canalys has indicated signs of a growth in mobile device sales in the third quarter of the year. This increase is seen after two years of a decline in shipments. Global smartphone shipments have increased by 1% in Q3 2019.

Samsung shipped the greatest number of smartphones, at 78.9 million devices, a rise of 11 per cent, compared to the corresponding period the year prior.

Huawei recovered from a weak second quarter and was second with 66.8 million units, up 29%, to gain 19% of the market. In its home market alone, Huawei shipped 41.5 million smartphones to reach a record market share of 42%, an annual growth of 66%.

While most of its growth was attributed to its performance in China, it also saw growth in overseas markets with volumes increasing 3.8 million over the quarter to 25.3 million due to a rise in demand during the pause in procurement in Q2.  

By contrast, and mainly by weak performance of the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max in the lead up to its September launch event, Apple shipped 43.5 million units, an annual decline of 7%, leading to 12.3% of the market.  This is an improvement on Q1 and Q2, which saw double digit declines.

Vincent Thielke, Canalys research analyst said that while the iPhone 11 launched to strong reviews, the lack of 5G in any of Apple’s products will hurt it in early 2020.

“It will miss out on heavy operator investment in 5G marketing and promotions, and the wide expectation for Apple to launch a 5G iPhone in September 2020 may convince some customers to delay purchasing, to ensure their device is future-proof,” Thielke said.

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China condemns US for ‘economic bullying’ of Huawei & ZTE

Written on Thursday, 31 October 2019 07:08

China blasted as "economic bullying" a US proposal to block service providers buying from Chinese tech companies Huawei and ZTE. The two Chinese vendors have been accused of posing a threat to national security because of their ties to the Beijing government.

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said that the proposed rules were part of an initiative to "safeguard the nation's communications networks".

FCC chairman Ajit Pai also said: “We cannot ignore the risk that the Chinese government will seek to exploit network vulnerabilities in order to engage in espionage, insert malware and viruses, and otherwise compromise our critical communications networks”.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang slammed the US proposal as an attempt to "oppress certain Chinese businesses with groundless accusations".

"The United States' economic bullying goes against the market principles which the US has always trumpeted," he said.

The proposal, to be voted on November 19, marks the latest effort by Washington to further damage Huawei’s global reputation.  Huawei says that US has provided no proof of any security risks posed by the company.

"In 30 years of business, Huawei has never had a major security-related incident in the 170 countries where we operate," the statement said.

"Banning specific vendors based on country origin will do nothing to protect America's telecommunications networks."

In May, Washington said it would blacklist Huawei from the US market and from buying crucial US components, though it has twice extended the company 90-day reprieves, the latest coming in August.

The United States has expressed concern that Huawei equipment could contain security loopholes that allow China to spy on global communications traffic, and has pressured US allies to block the use of Huawei equipment.

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Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) today announced that it has shipped 200 million smartphones to date in 2019, 64 days earlier than the same shipment milestone last year.

Huawei’s relentless focus on cutting-edge technology and innovative ID design, with its complete commitment to consumers worldwide, has reinforced their trust and commitment as more consumers continue to support Huawei.

2019 saw the launch of a number of stand-out devices including the multi award-winning Huawei P30 Series, widely considered to be the best camera phone currently available, as well as an all-round category leader.

Amongst a slew of awards and accolades, the European Image and Sound Association (EISA), a group comprising 55 of the world’s most respected consumer electronics magazines, named the Huawei’s P30 Pro “EISA Best Smartphone 2019-2020”, making it the second year in a row that Huawei has claimed this category prize.

More recently, the Huawei Mate 30 Series launched to great critical acclaim. Featuring the flagship Kirin 990 5G SoC, DxOMark winning quad camera system with breakthrough SuperSensing Cine Camera and futuristic Halo ring design, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro has been called “a genuine, unapologetic flagship phone” by Android Authority while GSMArena stated that “it has some of the best cameras ever found on a smartphone”, once again cementing Huawei’s reputation as an industry leader.

In celebration of the milestone, Huawei announced the Commemorative Edition of Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G. The limited version will come with 8GB RAM + 512GB Storage and will be available in Forest Green and Orange with vegan leather. It will be available for order on Huawei Vmall starting from 1st November 2019 at 10:08 am China time in the Chinese market.

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Huawei Mate 30 Series is out

Written on Friday, 20 September 2019 05:08

Huawei unveiled its ground-breaking HUAWEI Mate 30 Series at an exclusive launch event in Munich. Setting new standards in every area from aesthetic design through to hardware engineering and software innovation, the HUAWEI Mate 30 Series is the world’s first second generation 5G smartphone and the pinnacle of mobile technological development.

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Huawei launches world’s most advanced high-end audio product

Written on Thursday, 19 September 2019 13:01

With the rapid development of 5G and AI technologies, the era of the IoT (Internet of Thing) is accelerating. According to the Huawei GCI Report 2025, the number of digital devices per capita in the world will increase from two in 2015 to twenty-five in 2025. That type of rapid growth begs the question: how will consumers make natural and smooth interactions between their increasing number of digital devices? The answer, of course, lies in instant automatic speech recognition.

Compared with the touch-based interaction of the mobile internet era, automatic speech recognition can achieve faster receipt and remittance of content. Moreover, speech is a more natural and efficient means of the type of interaction which will play an increasingly important role in the era of Internet of Everything.

As the most convenient and private touch point of interactive voice response, headphones will become an indispensable part of consumers’ life. Stable connection and seamless switching between multiple devices, as well as high-quality audio has become an inevitable trend in the development of the wireless audio industry.

Due to increasing user demand for high-end audio products in the era of full-scenario AI life, Huawei has released the world’s 1st BT 5.1 & BLE 5.1 wearable chip at IFA2019. The Kirin A1 supports TWS (True Wireless Stereo) headsets and wearables and combines five major audio product forms with LiteOS to solve the industry’s pain points on chips and end-to-end systems while providing consumers with a high-end audio experience across all scenarios.

The Kirin A1 chip is the industry's first BT/BLE dual-mode chip to be certified by the Bluetooth 5.1 standard. It has a highly integrated 3+1 modular architecture: advanced Bluetooth processing unit, powerful audio processing unit, and ultra-low power consumption App processor and a separate power management unit, ensuring an efficient and stable connection experience.

Early TWS headsets were single-channel transmissions, divided into main and secondary headphones. The mobile phone transmits the signals of the left and right channels to the main earphone at the same time, and then the main earphone forwards one of the channels to the secondary earphone. This type of connection has problems such as transmission inefficiency, long delays, connection instability, and large power consumption of the main headphone.

The current TWS headset transmission method has been improved: the main headset no longer needs to forward audio signals to the secondary headphones, and the secondary headphones now directly obtain information from the mobile phone. However, signal transmission between the two headphones is still required and there is still some interference when the left and right ears transmit signal through the human body.

Huawei's self-developed dual-channel synchronous transmission technology can make the left and right earphones directly receive signals from the mobile phone end, avoiding the interference between the two headphones.

Thanks to this technology, the HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 TWS headset can significantly reduce audio latency during gaming to 190ms (data from Huawei Labs), keeping the game sound and picture synchronized.

Based on Huawei's new generation Bluetooth channel selection algorithm, taken from the intelligent frequency hopping technology in the communication field, HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 TWS can dynamically identify the frequency band affected by Wi-Fi and hop to an undisturbed channel, quickly adapting to environmental changes, in order to achieve higher anti-interference ability and bring a smooth audio experience even in complex environments such as airports and shopping malls. 

At the same time, the Kirin A1 has a powerful audio processing DSP that supports real-time recognition of noise and ambient sound, creating a high-quality phone call and music experience. Through the accurate 3A noise reduction algorithm, it can effectively weaken the ambient noise and let people hear more clearly. The enhanced speech recognition algorithm allows users to activate the device with their own voice, easily access the AI assistant and achieve fingerless operation.

An operating system plays a critical role in making IoT-based devices smart. Huawei LiteOS, developed by Huawei in 2012, is an IoT-oriented software platform integrating an IoT operating system and middleware. Since its release in 2015, Huawei LiteOS has been widely used in various domains such as Huawei smartphones, personal wearable devices, Smart Home scenarios, urban public services, etc.

LiteOS is a platform that connects IoT hardware and service applications. It is adaptable to mainstream chips and modules, helping to maximize performance. It can abstract functions of hardware and generate standard interfaces with a wealth of capabilities (such as device-cloud interconnection, low power consumption, sensors, and AI). In addition, it supports a wide range of business scenarios and provides various technical frameworks and SDKs. The HUAWEI Freebuds 3 is equipped with LiteOS, which enables faster connection between multiple Huawei devices.

The Huawei audio strategic map focused on five major audio product categories: True Wireless Stereo earbuds, neckband headsets, smart glasses, Bluetooth speakers, and upcoming headband headsets. Huawei's first neck-worn Bluetooth headset, HUAWEI FreeLace, is equipped with Huawei’s flash charging technology HiPair, and creates a perfect blend of fashion design and technological innovation.

Huawei and Gentle Monster jointly designed the HUAWEI X GENTLE MONSTER smart glasses to create a smart combination with audio and glasses.

The Huawei Bluetooth speaker is not only portable, but also allows for two speakers to be easily paired to form left and right stereo, bringing 360-degree immersive stereo experience, which is the best music companion for family, outdoor and parties.

Connecting the future is Huawei's vision of sustainable development. After 32 years of efforts and persistence, Huawei has become the world's leading ICT (Information and Communication Technology) infrastructure and smart terminals provider, bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.

The full-scenario AI life strategy of Huawei's consumer business has also taken on the vision of “connection”. Huawei's carrier business is responsible for the connection of the main pipeline through the optical fiber, 5G and millimeter wave, and the consumer business offers connection to every corner of the user's life through a variety of terminal products. 

Guided by the full-scenario AI life strategy, Huawei's consumer business has integrated chip, OS and terminal products end-to-end through continuous technological innovation, creating a twenty-four hour high-quality audio experience for consumers. Huawei’s five major audio product categories, taking wireless Bluetooth headsets as the hero product, inherit Huawei's leading edge in connectivity and bring a seamless full-scenario AI life experience to consumers.

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Huawei moves to computer market

Written on Thursday, 19 September 2019 08:49

Huawei will step up its presence in the global market for computer hardware, a top company official said, as the Chinese telecom giant weathers a US assault on its 5G network and smartphone business.

Deputy chairman Ken Hu said the strategy is based on expectations that “incredible computing power” is going to be needed as the world turns to complicated and resource-hogging future technologies such as artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles.

“We have a lot of challenges ahead of us. We need to beef up our computing power, explore new architectures, and develop processors that meet people's needs across all scenarios,” Hu said at a tech conference in Shanghai.

Huawei is already the world leader in telecom networking equipment, the number two smartphone producer, and is expected to dominate in ultra-fast future 5G networks. But it has been swept into the trade war between China and the United States, with its future prospects now in doubt owing to a US campaign to isolate the company. A push into the market for computer architecture and software could add a new front in Huawei's battle with the Trump administration.

Hu cited independent estimates saying the market will be worth more than $2 trillion by 2023, adding that Huawei would invest an additional $1.5 billion toward that effort. He gave no timeframe or figures on current investment.

“We will continue to invest,” he said. “Starting with the most difficult challenge ahead of us - making breakthroughs in architecture - to developing processors, we're going to help expand the industry and build out the ecosystem.”

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MTS and Huawei launch 5G zone in Moscow

Written on Sunday, 15 September 2019 06:44

Russian mobile operator MTS has launched a 5G zone at VDNKh (All-Russian Exhibition Center), one of Moscow’s major attractions. Equipped by Huawei and functioning on the 28GHz and 4.9GHz frequency bands, the network became operational on Thursday.

It will test so-called Smart City technology, designed to improve security and urban services management, as well as helping to develop Moscow’s transport system.

The agreement between MTS and Huawei was signed in June during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

5G is speeding up the development of self-driving vehicles in Moscow together with other future technologies, according to Eduard Lysenko, Head of the city’s Department of Information Technology: “Moscow is looking into the implementation of telemedicine and IoT technologies in city services which require a secure and fast connection”.

While the super-fast network is currently available around only one of the pavilions in the VDNKh complex, the pilot zone is expected to expand and cover almost the whole of the VDNKh area by 2020.

Owners of 5G-capable smartphones will be able to enjoy super-fast internet connections after the network’s commercial launch, as the first phone connected to the network demonstrated an internet speed of 1.2Gbps. This means it will take around one minute to download a full HD movie.

Moscow’s first 5G zone was launched earlier this month and covers the famous Tverskaya Street. Swedish telecom company Ericsson provided the equipment for the network, which is run by Russian mobile operator Tele2. By the end of this year, Moscow is expected to have four pilot zones, each operated by one of Russia’s four major telecom providers.

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Huawei unveils world’s first flagship 5G SoC

Written on Tuesday, 10 September 2019 08:52

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG), delivered a keynote speech titled "Rethink Evolution" at the IFA, and unveiled the latest flagship Kirin 990 series: Kirin 990 and its 5G version.

"Kirin 990 (5G) is the world's first 5G SoC, and it will enable end users to access superb 5G connectivity experience one step ahead in the first year of 5G commercialization”, said Richard. “To meet users’ requirements for enhanced 5G experiences in the 5G era, Kirin 990 (5G) has been fully upgraded in terms of performance and power efficiency, AI computing, and ISP, extending mobile phone experiences to a new level."

Kirin 990, which was unveiled with Kirin 990 (5G), is also designed to bring impressively elevated performance, energy efficiency, AI capabilities, and photography, offering better experiences to a more extensive group of 4G smartphone users.

Huawei’s Kirin 990 (5G) is the first 5G SoC in the world and supports the industry's most compact 5G smartphone solution. With the cutting-edge 7 nm+ EUV manufacturing process, Kirin 990 (5G) is integrated with a 5G modem, achieving a smaller area and lower power consumption. Moreover, Kirin 990 (5G) is the first full-frequency 5G SoC to support both non-standalone (NSA) and standalone (SA) architectures as well as TDD/FDD full frequency bands, enabling it to accommodate hardware requirements under diverse networks and networking modes. Based on Balong 5000’s excellent 5G connectivity capability, Kirin 990 (5G) provides a leading peak downlink rate of 2.3 Gbit/s and an uplink peak rate of 1.25 Gbit/s, delivering unmatched 5G experiences in the industry.

Kirin 990 (5G) is the first flagship SoC that packs a dual-core NPU built on the Da Vinci architecture, which comprises large NPU cores and tiny NPU cores. The large cores achieve high performance and power efficiency in heavy computing scenarios, while the tiny core structure, first in the industry, empowers ultra-low power consumption applications, fully tapping into the intelligent computing power brought by the innovative NPU architecture.

In terms of CPU, Kirin 990 features a three-level power efficiency structure, comprising of two ultra-large cores, two large cores, and four small cores, with a dominant frequency up to 2.86 GHz. In addition, Kirin 990 uses a 16-core Mali-G76 GPU and the new system-level Smart Cache for intelligent flow distribution, which can effectively save bandwidth and lower power consumption. For gaming experiences, Kirin 990 (5G) supports an upgraded Kirin Gaming+ 2.0 that enables efficient collaboration between hardware infrastructure and solutions, offering industry-leading smooth and fast gaming experience.

As for photography, Kirin 990 (5G) provides a brand-new ISP 5.0 that pioneers block-matching and 3D filtering (BM3D) professional-level hardware noise reduction (NR) for capturing brighter and sharper images in low light environments. It is also the first to use dual-domain video NR for more accurate noise processing for videos. In addition, the real-time video post-processing and rendering based on AI segmentation can adjust the image color frame by frame to bring cinematic quality.

 

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Microsoft deems US treatment of Huawei unfair

Written on Monday, 09 September 2019 13:12

Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith says the way the U.S. government is treating Huawei is un-American. As far as he knows, China’s leading maker of networking equipment and mobile phones should be allowed to buy U.S. technology, including software from his company.

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Huawei Mate 30 users won't have access to Google apps

Written on Friday, 30 August 2019 07:09

 Huawei's upcoming flagship Mate 30 smartphone will launch next month without key Google apps, creating a challenge for the Chinese tech giant hit by US sanctions.

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