Fingerprint Scanners from Samsung and Huawei Fooled by Inkjet Printer

While adding fingerprint scanners to mobile phones seems to be a great new way to allow devices to be better secured without requiring the user to remember a lengthy password, it has been found that such scanners can easily be fooled. Apple’s Touch ID was broken by play-doh last month, now it is Samsung and Huawei’s turn in the spotlight, with the sensors on Galaxy S6 and a Huawei Honor 7 being cheated by researchers from Michigan State University.

The tools required to get into these devices was nothing more than a basic inkjet printer loaded with special ink and paper by Kai Cao and Anil Jain from the Michigan State University department of computer science and engineering. The researchers took scans of the fingerprints required to unlock the devices and printed them in 2D using the special conductive ink and paper that is designed for printing electronic circuit boards and other systems that carry an electric charge.

This wasn’t just a one-time trick either, with the researchers able to replicate the technique multiple times for different sets of fingerprints, with the whole process taking very little time using common equipment. This is one-step better than most other methods of bypassing fingerprint scanners, which typically require an imprint of the fingerprint in 3D, often requiring specialist techniques or actions by the ‘victims’ beyond a simple scan.

The number of smartphones this may affect is currently unknown, with the scanner used in the Galaxy S6 and Honor 7 being common across a number of devices including a number of Nexus phones and the LG G5. The attack does not pose a strong risk to most users, however, as it is unlikely that many attackers will be able to acquire a set of fingerprints at a high enough resolution to use, but for those in possession of prints, such as law enforcement agencies, this could be an easy way to break into the devices of criminals that are secured by fingerprint scanners.

 

Huawei’s Battery Prototype Charges to 50% in 5 Minutes

With the increase in screen size and power of smartphones, power is always a concern, many devices only lasting a day on a single charge. Current quick charging technologies go a long way to offset this, being able to charge a battery to full in around an hour. Huawei look to be setting a new benchmark for charging speed, however, showing off a battery capable of charging to 50% in just five minutes.

Revealed at a Japanese industry conference, Huawei’s fast charging battery is based on current lithium-ion battery technology, rather than some prototype fast charging technologies that use exotic developments such as injecting quantum dots of iron pyrite or switching to aluminum-ion cells. What gives this battery the ability to charge quickly is from atoms of graphite that are bonded to its anode. This means that the battery can be charged more quickly, with no cost to power output or life of the battery.

The battery has been showcased in two formats, a 3000MAh, which is comparable to modern phone batteries and a much smaller 600MAh version. The larger battery reached 48% charge over 5 minutes, while the smaller recharged as much as 68% in just two minutes. The videos do bring to light, however, one key limitation to their fast charging ability: the charger. With the battery needing to be removed from the phone and placed in a (rather bulky) charger, it is clear the product is still in its early stages, with no indication as to when it can be miniaturized enough to be embedded into a device.

I for one welcome a chance to never worry about charging times on my personal devices again. Afterall, who wants to sit tethered to a USB port for hours?

Weigh an Orange with Huawei Force Touch Tech

WAIT! I genuinely have not lost the plot with this article, but Chinese multinational and telecommunications company Huawei might just be walking that tightrope after using its new Mate S Smartphone to see how heavy an orange is at the IFA in Berlin.

The company used its Force Touch Tech within the new phone model to convey the fruits weight on stage at the event. The phone judged the Orange to weigh 280 grams with observers feeling this might not be pinpoint accurate considering an average orange would weigh around 200 grams. What is clearer is that Huawei might have stolen a march on Apple who have introduced Force Touch on the new Apple iWatch and are rumoured to be considering developing the tech for the iPhone.

There are still a few questions to be answered, namely, what would be the heaviest object you would be able to rest on your phone? Imagine the lawsuits if consumers decide to weigh a big bag of sugar and end up splitting their new phone in two. Other new features for the Mate S include the second generation “Knuckle Sense Feature” It reads like Sideshow Bob has designed this, but stick with me; apparently this uses the input from the user’s knuckles for different functions. So how does that work? Glad you asked, no idea, apparently as a quick launch feature the user can assign a letter to an app and then launch said app by drawing the letter with a knuckle at any point.

Pressure sensitive screens are a compelling evolution for mobile devices, Huawei’s features might seem gimmicky, but at least it’s open to debate with the aim of seeing where this tech will lead to. Perhaps Huawei would have made a bigger statement by weighing an Apple instead of an Orange, or a marshmallow, or Lollipop or an Edge of something, or an actual Fox.

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The Nexus 5 2015 Finally Pictured in the Wild

There has been a great deal of speculation surrounding the latest batch of Nexus handsets and early rumours indicate the production of two new models. Allegedly, Huawei is working on the larger 5.7-inch device while LG manufacturers a 5.2-inch version. Thankfully, we now have some credible evidence in the form of a user-picture showing an early sample of the 5.2-inch SKU.

The leaked photograph, provided by Marques Brownlee on Twitter, includes a small white label which appears to contain an LG logo. Additionally, the back is manufactured from Polycarbonate, uses a laser autofocus mechanism and doesn’t feature a rear speaker. The image appears to be genuine and resembles renders leaked last week. As you can see, there is a fingerprint scanner below the dual flash camera which has been reported on for some time. Currently, there’s no trustworthy sources outlining the handset’s specifications but this should be revealed fairly soon as more leaks emerge. In terms of availability, the LG unit is estimated to arrive during the fall of this year. Although, this is only a rough guess and could be wildly off the mark.

The original Nexus 5 sold incredibly well and was a great choice for consumers looking for a reasonably priced, high-specification device. Its successor is shaping up quite nicely but has tough competition in markets like China which contain a host of powerful, low-cost Android handsets.

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Is HTC About to Go Under?

It seems like an age since HTC was the world’s smartphone market leader, long since usurped by Apple, Samsung, and Chinese upstarts Huawei and Xiaomi, and a horrendous crash in its stock value seems destined to cement the company’s position as the new Nokia.

HTC’s market price plummeted to NT$47 billion ($1.5 billion) on Monday, less than the NT$47.2 billion cash it boasted in June. Though the drop seems small, it marks a massive 9.8% fall in stock, signifying that investors consider the rest of the company has no value. As Calvin Huang of Sinopac Financial Holdings Co. in Taipei puts it, “HTC’s cash is the only asset of value to shareholders. Most of the other assets shouldn’t be considered in their valuation because there’s more write-offs to come and the brand has no value.” Sinopac has put an NT$46.50 price target on HTC’s shares.

HTC’s market capitalisation has been on the decline since 2011, during which year it exceeded NT$900 billion, and efforts to revitalise its brand with the One, Butterfly, and Desire smartphone models over the last four years have failed, leaving the manufacturer outside the top-10 smartphone producers in the world for the first time. Current sales are down 75% on its 2011 heyday.

Hopes of a recovery look increasingly slim, with third-quarter forecasts suggesting sales could fall to below 48% of estimates, leaving HTC taking a 35% cut to its projected earnings. Analysts are now predicting that the company’s bad luck will continue until at least 2017, forecasting two years of no profit.

“We think these efforts are not enough to turn HTC around in the next two years,” said Birdy Lu, analyst with Deutsche Bank AG. “HTC has little chance to compete with iPhone and Samsung given limited resources, and might continue to lose shares to Chinese brands in mid/low-end segment.”

If current trends continue, HTC could be not long for this world.

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Huawei Achieves 1 Terabits Per Second Speeds

Chinese networking giant Huawei, in partnership with telecoms company Proximus, have achieved unbelievable speeds of up to one terabits per second over super-channel optical cable, the equivalent of sending 33 HD movies in just a second. The successful trial was announced on Huawei’s website on Thursday.

The record-breaking transmission, held in Nice, France, involved sending data over 1,040km fibre connection, implementing a ‘Flexigrid’ infrastructure and Huawei’s own OSN (Optical Switch Node) 9800 platform and 1Tbps OTN (Optical Transport Network) line card, increasing the capacity of the fibre optic cable by compressing the spaces between the transmission channels. The increased density within the cable marks a 150% rise in efficiency over typical 100GBps network connections.

“The network is turning to DC (Data Center) centric, which brings a boost demand for increased bandwidth,” said Jeffrey Gao, President of the Huawei transmission network product line. “Businesses are currently undergoing a digital transformation and consumers require always-on connectivity. Huawei supports its customers through innovation; together we build simplified networks ensuring the best user experience towards end users. This trial is testimony of Huawei’s engagement to innovation.”

“At Proximus we pledge to satisfy the evolving customers demand by investing in new technologies to offer them the best quality and service,” Geert Standaert, Chief Technology Officer at Proximus, added. “Together with Huawei we want to let our network infrastructure evolve to support current and future bandwidth demands and offer our customers an outstanding user experience.”

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Google Developing New Internet of Things OS

Many everyday objects are now ‘smart’ and connected to the internet. If you feel the need to have everything automated or you want to check your email using a toaster, then you might be in luck. Google are working on a new operating system, ‘Brillo’, for low powered devices that could run on as little as 32 megabytes of RAM.

To bolster Google’s attempt to have a finger in every pie, the global giant are looking to make a new OS that would run on low amounts of RAM and power. Their aim is to develop software that can power any electronic device that can connect to the internet, even if it doesn’t have a digital screen. To put things in perspective, the aim is to have the software run on 32 megabytes of random-access memory, but at the moment its fully fledged older brother, Lollipop, is aiming at phones with a minimum of 512MB RAM. So there is quite a step down from its sibling, but this could be good news for embedded devices like the Arduino and other embedded tech.

The team developing the OS are linked to the company’s Android unit, so it isn’t a giant leap to think that it will be released with the Android brand. However, for now they are calling the software ‘Brillo’.

Google aren’t the first to get into the Internet of things market, Microsoft is releasing Windows 10 IoT core, Huawei announced recently an OS for IoT gadgets that is only 10kb in size and Samsung have announced a series of chips designed for IoT devices. So with all these large companies jumping on the bandwagon, it’s safe to assume that the Internet of Things is just around the corner and our truly connected lives are about to begin.

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Huawei Unveils LiteOS for The Internet of Things

Today, China-based Huawei Technologies, the world’s biggest telecommunications equipment maker went ahead to put its mark in evolving category by unveiling an Operating System to assist third-party vendors enter into the emerging Internet of Things space. It is designed to allow household or business device / appliances to communicate with each other over the internet. Agile IoT architecture and operating system called LiteOS to control basic devices was showcased by Huawei at an event in Beijing, China.

“Standardizing infrastructure will foster the development of Internet applications, including ‘IoT’ applications,” said Huawei’s chief strategy and marketing officer William Xu.

It is a significant step taken by the company as it is still an evolving market and all the tech giants are throwing all they have got in it. Giants like Google, Microsoft with its Windows IoT for core, IBM and Intel trying hard to excel. Huawei claims that their “lightweight” OS can streamline the whole process. The LiteOS software is tiny at 10 kilobytes in size. It is designed to run on minimal power which makes it suitable for a wide range of hardware, including microcontrollers and ARM Cortex embedded processors which make sense as it is aimed to run on just appliances.

Any hardware running this OS can be controlled remotely and data can be collected and supports third-party applications. To sweeten the deal, Huawei plans to make the OS open-sourced under the ISC license, which allows copying, modification and distribution of the code for free or for a fee. Huawei is providing chipsets, modules, and hardware boards through its LiteOS community to attract the developers all over the world. They already have a landing page on Github and here.

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Smartphone Shipments in China Faced with First Decline in Six Years

We’ve all been super hyped with the latest smartphones these past years, haven’t we? I mean, since Steve Jobs revealed the first iPhone back in 2007, every manufacturer went crazy and started expanding this industry, building all sorts of smart devices in an attempt to draw more customers.

During this time, the smartphone industry has flourished from all the hype. However, nowadays we have smartphones that pretty much handle most stuff we do on our PCs or laptops. So does this inspire you to upgrade as you were eager to do in the past? Yeah… I thought so.

The same results seem to show in a study made by research firm IDC, indicating that Chinese smartphone shipments have dropped for the first time in six years. They noted that Q1 2015 shipments have dropped 4% since Q1 2014 and 8% since Q4 2014. Figures show only 98.8 million units shipped this Q1, which is the first time since Q4 2013 that shipments fall below the 100 million mark.

Apple is still the top smartphone vendor in China with 14.7% market shares, which is not surprising at all, followed by Xiaomi and Huawei with 13.7% and 11.4% respectively. IDC expects a flat growth for the Chinese smartphone market this year, but some good can come of all this (at least for the consumer).

Given the figures, Xiaomi, Huawei and Lenovo might switch from their usual entry-level smartphones to more higher-spec devices to give customers a reason for upgrading their phones.

Also, the latter companies would be pushed to strongly consider expanding beyond the Chinese border and into markets that are now dominated by Samsung, HTC and others. So if you wanted to see that Xiaomi smartphone that caught your eye in stores outside of China, I don’t think you need to wait very long.

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Huawei P8 Blueprint Hints at Super-Slim Design and Fingerprint Scanner

Huawei is said to be hosting an event in London on April 15th where it is expected to reveal their Huawei P8 handset. As the date draws closer, more and more leaks seem to be surfacing with
details on the company’s smartphone.

The latest points to a leaked blueprint of the Huawei P8. If proven to be legit, it would confirm that all the alleged images of the device leaked so far are authentic. However, the blueprint confirms more than just a few screenshots of the device.

It is said that the blueprint also provides exact measurements of the handset, having the body specs set at 5.7 x 2.83 x 0.26 inches. This means that the P8 is taller, wider and slightly ‘fatter’ than its predecessor, the P7. The size also suggest that it might house an even bigger screen too, having speculations reveal that it might come with a 5.2-inch display.

Another interesting aspect found in the blueprints reveals a rectangular shape cut out on the backside of the handset. This obviously suggests that the P8 might be coming with a fingerprint scanner, but the shape is a bit confusing. Some sources also suggest that it might house some sort of touchpad, though these are obviously speculations.

Summing it all up, the information collected so far point to the Huawei P8 being a 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 pixels smartphone, boasted by an Octa-Core Kirin 930 CPU, 3GB of RAM, a 13 MP back and 8MP front camera and powered by a 2,600 mAh battery.

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Huawei Announces Android Wear Smartwatch

While we’ve already seen it in various leaks, Huawei has today announced its Android Wear watch. The aptly-named Huawei Watch features a multitude of features and tracking capabilities.

It comes features a 42mm round display with a 286 ppi 1.4-inch AMOLED touchscreen above a heart rate monitor alongside 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and a 6-axis motion sensor. To top it all off, it comes with a Qualcomm 1.2GHz processor, wedged inside its teeny casing. That casing comes in gold, silver and black with 40 customisable watch faces to compliment it. There’s also a number of gender-orientated designs.

Those designs are important too – Apple made sure its watch would be a fashion accessory, something Huawei believes is also the way to go; previous smartwatches we’ve seen have essentially been a mini smartphone on your wrist, and have looked more hi-tech than fashionable (Samsung’s first Galaxy Gear for instance).

The Huawei Watch will pair with any Android phone that supports Android Wear and Bluetooth L, and will be available in mid-June 2015.

Source: The Next Web

Huawei Accidentally Leaks its Own Smartwatch in an Ad

Chinese manufacturer Huawei has just accidentally leaked its smartwatch, one due to be revealed at Mobile World Congress. Leaks happen all the time, with products from Samsung and HTC leaking just this past week. Often, these leaks can be caused by an individual’s sneaky efforts to make things public. Well in the case of Huawei, it seems whoever was in charge of their ads, leaked this new device by accident.

Android Central discovered the ad, which doesn’t really reveal anything in the way of specs, but it does give us two pieces of information – it runs Android Wear, and it looks rather nice. It certainly looks better than competing devices from Samsung, and could probably even surpass the Moto 360 in terms of its aesthetics. It also appears that they’ve taken a page out of Apple’s book. If you weren’t aware of Huawei, you might look at that ad and think it was for a conventional watch manufacturer. With the smart suited man and the well presented watch, it seems that the company is aiming for fashion as well as technology.

We’ll be sure to hear all at Mobile World Congress this week.

Source: Gizmodo

Google Is Planning to Release Two New Nexus Smartphones

There is a rumour that Google is planning to release two new Nexus smartphones later this year. More surprising is the fact that the company giant might be working with LG and Huawei, which is an interesting choice of partners.

Huawei is the leading smartphone manufacturer in China, which is also on the rise in terms of popularity around the world. It would make sense for Google to work with Huawei in order to target the rapidly evolving smartphone market in China through one of the most popular brands of smartphones on the Chinese market. Also, by working with LG, Google can easily target a vast consumer market outside China.

The smartphones would most probably be showcased at the Google I/O 2015 event, where Huawei will most likely show how a smartphone can properly make use of the Android 6.0 OS alongside LG and its variant of the handset.

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Wireless Qi Charging Coming to 50 UK McDonald’s Restaurants

A new deal between fast food chain McDonald’s and wireless charging solutions company Aircharge means that 50 McDonald’s restaurants in the UK will be offering free Qi (proncounced ‘Chee’) wireless charging.

The Qi charging system allows devices to be charged by merely being within close proximity to a power transmission pad – no need to plug in any cables.  Asus, HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, BlackBerry, and Sony are already working to adopt the standard for its mobile devices, with 70 Qi-compatible smartphones already on the market.

600 Qi charger will be available over 50 sites, many of which are expected to be in London. There has been no announcement yet as to which restaurants will be offering the service.

The Qi charging service has already been successfully trialled in a handful of McDonald’s restaurants. A post by the Wireless Power Consortium suggests that customers taking advantage of the trial tended to wait in the restaurant upwards of half-an-hour just to use the service.

Source: The Next Web

Huawei’s Latest Smartphone Called ‘6 Plus’

Notice any similarities between that name and the name of one of Apple’s latest phones? Yes, the Chinese manufacturer Huawei, has decided to call its ‘Honor’ phone, the ‘Honor 6 Plus’.

As well as the blindingly similar name, the phone features the same 5.5-inch display of the iPhone 6 Plus as well as coming in the same colours – black/grey, white/silver and white/gold.  It comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD, a Kirin 925 octa-core chip, NFC, 3G of RAM, 3,6000 mAh battery and up to 32GB of storage. It also comes with dual 8 megapixel cameras on the rear.

The device will be available for $320 for the base model with 16GB storage, while a gold model with LTE and NFC included will cost around $400. I’m sure Apple’s Jony Ive will be flattered – or not, as he revealed in a recent interview with Vanity Fair which you can see bellow.

Source: 9to5Mac

Xiaomi Now in Top Five Global Smartphone Manufacturers

Xiaomi is now the fourth most successful smartphone manufacturer in the world, according to researchers at Gartner. During the third quarter of 2014, Xiaomi sold 18.8 million handsets. Over the same period in 2013, it only sold 3.6 million. Total smartphone sales between July and September were 301 million units, up 20.3% on last year, Gartner’s report lists. Over the third quarter of 2014, the top five smartphone manufacturers sold the following number of units:

  1. Samsung: 73.2 million
  2. Apple: 38.1 million
  3. Huawei: 15.9 million
  4. Xiaomi: 18.8 million
  5. Lenovo: 15.01 million.

The bottom three of the top five phone companies are Chinese. Roberta Cozza, Research Director of Gartner, spoke about the rise of Chinese manufacturers, saying, “With the ability to undercut cost and offer top specs Chinese brands are well positioned to expand in the premium phone market too and address the needs of upgrade users that aspire to premium phones, but cannot afford Apple or Samsung high-end products.”

Source: Android Central

Details of Huawei’s New Smartphones Leak, 64-Bit Processor and More

Chinese tech company Huawei is the new upstart in the mobile device market, with its Ascend P7 smartphone and Ascend Mate 7 phablet garnering rave reviews this year. A leak, revealing details of their 2015 line-up, suggests their rise may be set to continue.

PhoneArena have been sent a document that lists the possible specifications for Huawei’s upcoming devices. The flagship Ascend D8, costing $800, will have a 5.5-inch screen, 64-bit Kirin 950 processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB internal storage, while the larger Ascend Mate 8 is set to feature a 2K display and a Kirin 930 processor, priced at $650. The Ascend P8, which could be officially unveiled at CES in January 2015, will have a 5-inch 1080p display, Kirin 930 chipset, 3GB of RAM, priced $490.

Source: PhoneArena

Huawei Pledges £5m to 5G Research Center in the UK

Huawei is very serious when it comes to the development of the next generation mobile network. They have now pledged £5 million towards 5G research at the University of Surrey here in the UK. While this is just a small drop of the $600 million pledged to spend globally in 2018 by Huawei, it is somewhat special as it will be a real-world test instead of closed-lab tests.

The new research center will be completed in three stages. The first phase is scheduled to be completed around April 2015 where the testing will start. The final phase is scheduled to be completed by September 2015 and will present a fully working and operational test bed.

The University of Surrey will have a live 5G infrastructure covering its whole campus of around 17,000 staff members and students. The hope is to demonstrate live 5G technologies before the start of 2018 while still staying on track for a complete rollout in the UK for 2022.

The 5G definition isn’t defined yet and still in the distant future, but Huawei said the technology is capable of delivering between one and ten gigabits per second. This is a truly impressive speed considering most of us run one gigabit ethernet in our own homes and it’s only Google Fiber fixed-lines that offer 1 gigabit internet transfer.

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Huawei Present 55-Inch 4k Wireless Display Smart Device

Huawei has unveiled its new, well I honestly don’t know what to call it, lets just go with TV or smart-display-device for now, named Glory A55. This is unlike any other product on the market as it has no external connections except a power cord. It receives its signal wireless and also has its own system built-in.

The display is a 55-inch big LG IPS 4k screen that has a resolution of 3840 x 2160, a brightness of 300 cd/m², a contrast of 1200:1 and a response time of 9 ms. The body is 18 mm thick and it has a 7.8 mm bezel.

The A55 is powered by a Huawei Hass Hi3751 processor with four 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU cores and 8 Mali450 GPU cores. It also has 2 VPU cores (video processor) and supports H.265 and H.264 hardware decoding. It has 2GB dual-channel DDR3 memory and 16GB eMMC storage.

Connectivity is provided by 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi, support for WiHD wireless display and Bluetooth 4.0. Sources have told that i can perform cold start in 7 seconds and only requires 1 second for a hot start.

While it doesn’t have any connections besides the power cord and doesn’t come with a default remote, it does offer support for IR remotes. It is however designed to be controlled by your smart phones or tablets.

It is running an Android based system and supports connectivity from Android and Apple devices among other wireless transmission protocols. It also supports the MHL function where the phone’s screen is displayed on the big screen.

The official sale should start November 11th and the mentioned price is 6999 Yuan which would equal to about £710 British pounds.

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Huawei Reported To Be Selling High-End Smartphones Via Messaging App

The increased competition of smartphone manufacturers in China has apparently resulted in companies approaching unique marketing techniques. For example, Xiaomi is said to have success with its ‘Hunger Marketing’ technique, having customers pre-register their interest in a handset in order to grab the e-mail addresses of potential buyers. As soon as the particular handset hits the spotlight, a limited number is manufactured and sold. This is how the company recently sold an estimated 10,000 Xiaomi Redmi Note phablets in less than a second.

Networking and telecom manufacturer Huawei apparently has its own tactics. Sources indicate that the company is apparently using popular messaging application WeChat as a channel to sell its Huawei Honor 6 handset. The device is said to boast an Octa-Core processor, a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920, as well as a 13 MP back camera and 5MP front camera.

The company previously used only local carriers to sell its handsets, but due to the increased competition, it is hoping to widen the distribution of its products using the WeChat app. The application, which is said to be in partnership with Chinese e-commerce company JD, has apparently hosted a competition in which the lucky winner was awarded with a Huawei Honor 6. The rules appeared to have been simple as well, having competitors guess the price of the handset in question. The winner would have had to answer ¥1999 / $322, the actual price of the Huawei Honor 6 handset.

Huawei is said to have 8% of the Chinese market, placing it on the 6th position in the country. This is due to change in the future, providing that the partnership between the company and WeChat app is successful. WeChat is said to have over 400 million users, having it be used as a text and voice messaging app, a gaming app and even a cab hailing app. Reports show that an update last year has even added a payment system, something which Huawei is attempting to exploit. Also, Huawei might have been the first to use this type of marketing camping, but it most certainly will not be the last.

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Huawei Successfully Tests Next-Gen10 Gbps WiFi, Commercially Ready In 2018

According to reports Huawei have been successfully testing next generation Wi-Fi service capable of a staggering 10 Gbps – that’s equivalent to first generation Thunderbolt, twice the throughput of USB 3.0 and the same as the current M.2 (NGFF) and SATA Express interfaces. The tests were performed in the company’s labs in Shenzen, China. The new prototype WiFi achieved a transfer rate of 10.53 Gbps on the 5GHz frequency band and Huawei says that the technology will reach the mainstream within the next 5 years, likely in 2018.

“The success of this prototype development, and the ten folds increase in spectrum efficiency that made it possible, paves the way for the validation of technologies needed to support the creation of next generation Wi-Fi. Huawei believes that ultrafast Wi-Fi could become commercially available from 2018 pending the agreement of global standards requirements and sufficient chipset availability.” Stated Huawei in a press release.

Huawei started development of this next generation WiFi technology way back in 2010. The focus of the research has been on driving higher data rates through wideband radio and baseband processing. Technologies such as MIMO-OFDA, intelligence spectrum allocation, interference coordination and hybrid access allow for the new speeds to be reached. Next generation WiFi services will increase efficiency and reduce latency of current WiFi networks.

Source: Tech2

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Wireless Calling With The Help Of An Earpiece Discovered In The Upcoming TalkBand B1

There is a lot of competition going around in the wearable devices market, having manufacturers keeping it a secret, with a few leaks every now and then. However, just as HTC, Huawei isn’t keeping it a secret.

Therefore, its ‘unexpected’ reveal of the TalkBand B1 shown us exactly what it has revealed about the smartband in the past, having a 1.4-inch flexible OLED display. Though we learn of a new feature added to the TalkBand B1, and that is its support for wireless calling, having a removable earpiece hidden inside it.

The earpiece now explains why the 14.6 mm thick bulk is for, it is designed to be the hidden compartment for the feature and not just a bump in the smartband. Aside from that, it also presents the usual fitness tracking features, such as caloric burning analysis.

There is also a sleeping pattern monitor, having it be a smart alarm to wake up the user at an optimal time. Besides that, it also has NFC for easier pairing with phones and a 90 mAh battery which is said to last six days (having a two hour long charging process).

No pricing has been revealed for the TalkBand B1 just yet, though it is said to be released in China next month, followed by the rest of the world in Q2.

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Huawei Ascend P6S To Feature K3V2+ SoC

For the better part of the last 12 months, almost all of Huawei’s top-end phones were launched with their home-made K3V2 chipset. Sadly, the chip is simply not fast enough to match up to its rivals. Even the Snapdragon S4 APQ8064 pulls ahead of it with ease, and that part can be blamed on the old ARM Cortex A9 CPU architecture based CPU cores in the said SoC.

Well, it looks like the rumored Huawei K3V3, which is based on the ARM Cortex A15 CPU architecture, is nowhere near ready as the Chinese phone maker’s next device, the Ascend P6S. The handset is an updated version of the P6 which is currently undergoing testing with some very impressive Antutu scores. Antutu benchmarks from the Huawei P6S have been discovered and posted across the Chinese technology scene and they are mighty impressive.

The P6S is allegedly powered by an updated K3V2+ chipset. Once again, Huawei’s solution is seriously underpowered compared to competition, with the leaked AnTuTu score lying in the less-than-impressive 22,000 range. And that can be attributed to the fact that Huawei didn’t move beyond Cortex A9 for the updated chip.

The Huawei P6S is likely to launch between the end of November to the start of December. Unless it gets any slimmer while offering a ton of other new features, we fail to grasp the device would get consumers excited in any way.

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Samsung and Huawei To Make Dual-Boot Android Devices. Dual Boot Galaxy Tab In The Works

 

It sounded unbelievable when Microsoft asked HTC to load Windows Mobile on their Android Devices. But it is actually happening and HTC was not the only targeted company by the Microsoft giant.

They also are asking Samsung and Huawei the same thing too. And are offering Windows Phone OS for smartphones and Windows RT for tablets, for free plus compensation for necessary adaptation costs.

Samsung already has a dual-boot Galaxy Tab 2014 Edition with Android and Windows RT on board. It’s one of Sammy’s large tablets (probably 12″+), about the size of  A4 paper sheet. It is very thin, with very good metal imitation plastic chassis and “crazy good” retina class display. The tablet is very fast and, according to people who played with it, the whole dual-boot concept works rather well.

This info comes from Mobile Review’s Eldar Murtazin, who was the first to break the news that Microsoft is going to merge Windows Phone and Windows RT in Windows 9, and the first one to tell us about NVIDIA reference design tablets early this year.

He also now reiterated that there will be app compatibility break in Win 9, and also major changes in overall UserExperience. Which means Metro UI is getting a major overhaul too.

Thank You UnwiredView for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of  UnwiredView.

Former NSA Director Says Huawei Is A Threat To National Security

In an interview with the Australian Financial Review the former director of the American National Security Agency (NSA), General Michael Hayden, stated that the Chinese firm Huawei (who sell various smartphones, tablets and other electronics) are a threat to both American and Australian national security. The former NSA director believes that Huawei has been used by China to spy on other nations stating:

“Yes, I have no reason to question the belief that’s the case. That’s my professional judgment. But as the former director of the NSA, I cannot comment on specific instances of espionage or any operational matters”

He may have a point, but how is China using Huawei to spy any different to the USA using Skype, Microsoft, Google, Facebook and other American firms to spy (on China and many other nations including Australia)? General Michael Hayden added that:

“At a minimum, Huawei would have shared with the Chinese state intimate and extensive knowledge of the foreign telecommunications systems it is involved with. I think that goes without saying. That’s one reality”

Luke Coleman, Huawei Australia’s spokesperson commented on the accusations stating that:

“People have been saying these things for a long time but for years and years we’ve never seen any evidence and nothing’s changed on that front so from Huawei’s perspective we’re saying it’s time to put up or shut up…If the evidence is out there people have a right to see it, our staff have a right to see it and so far no one seems to have come in with that evidence…We’ve seen this in the past, clearly there are bigger geopolitical issues going on right now between America and China and unfortunately Huawei tends to be a bit of a piggy in the middle here”.

Furthermore Luke Coleman claims  a massive conflict of interests with the former NSA director’s statements claiming he is on the boardroom of both Cisco and Motorola – two of Huawei’s largest competitors.

Image courtesy of Af.mil

China Expresses Strong Dissatisfaction Over US Accusations


The Chinese is not liking United States’ alleged accusation and has expressed “resolution opposition” and strong dissatisfaction. U.S. accused China of cyber espionage by using the Chinese origin IT products to spy on United States’ internal operations within the government and its organizations, such as products made by Huawei, ZTE and also involving Lenovo in some form. It is also noted earlier that Sprint who will be acquiring a Japanese based carrier that it will comply by not using Chinese origin IT hardware. Ever since, 2 of the world’s top economies have been mudslinging each other ever.

China points out that the accusations made by United States has no grounds as the only evidence is nothing more than series of attacks on U.S. of which half of it originated from China.

The new provision that was introduced some days back which will be signed as a law on Thursday will stop NASA and even Department of Justice and Department of Commerce will not be allowed any IT hardware made in China, unless there is a federal approval from law enforcement officials before acquiring them from China.

It is estimated by U.S. Congressional Research Service that Chinese advanced IT imports to United costs $129 Billion. Stopping this also could violate World Trade Organization’s rules, but on the other hand, China did not sign the agreement setting international rules for government procurement with WTO, therefore points to the possibility of the Chinese trying to repair the situation to be futile.

It is noted in China Dail and The People’s Daily that Shen Danyang, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Commerce, China that the the bill that United States drafted sends a ‘very wrong signal’. He also said,”This will directly impact partnerships of Chinese enterprises and American business as they conduct regular trade. This abuse of so-called national security measures is unfair to Chinese enterprises, and extends the discriminatory practice of presumption of guilt. This severely damages mutual trust between the U.S. and China.”

The Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Kei who urged U.S. to abandon the law said that the bill uses internet security as an excuse to take discriminatory steps against Chinese companies.

Source: Reuters

Sprint And Softbank Won’t Use Huawei After Their Upcoming Merger

Huawei maybe getting another blow from their United States market (or what’s left of it) as both the mobile carrier companies, Spring Nextel Corp. and Softbank Corp. told to U.S. lawmakers that they will not use equipments made by the Chinese based tech company Huawei Technologies after they merge.

Both the companies have been concerned about the potential electronic spy issue and decided not to use the Chinese manufacturer’s hardware. The U.S. agency is currently reviewing a merger worth $20Billion for national security, but Representative Mike Roger told Bloomberg via email that he expects the companies to make the same assurances before the deal is approved.

Rogers added,”I have met with Softbank and Sprint regarding this merger and was assured they would not integrate Huawei in to the Sprint network and would take mitigation efforts to replace Huawei equipment in the Clearwire network.”

Clearwire uses certain equipments from Huawei whereas the internal core network is powered by vendors such as Cisco. The company’s chief technical office John Saw assured that the Clearwire will be reducing Huawei’s presence in its high-speed wireless service network.

Huawei doesn’t have any knowledge about the national security report, but a U.S. spokesman said,”“If government approval of the transaction is somehow contingent on an agreement to restrict purchase of equipment from any vendor based on the flag of heritage, then it is a sad day for free and open global trade and it does nothing to secure the network. Everyone is global and every company faces the same cyber challenges.”

Even though Huawei’s name is only mentioned by the companies, ZTE would be facing the same scenario. Softbank is a Japanese based telecom company which happen to buy base band units and wireless systems from Huawei and ZTE.

It has been reported here that the U.S. government has introduced provisions to stop government agencies to use electronic equipment made by Chinese companies.

Source: Bloomberg