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HTC products were quite interesting when they were still just a manufacturer and not a brand. I don't think the same is true of Huawei.
Not content with supplying network infrastructure and making handsets for other people, Huawei is aggressively pushing into the UK's handset market with Android handsets for all. The idea is to launch cheap Android handsets and get the name Huawei recognised by the man in the street, enough to make a success of the Android …
Up here in Geordieland, It''l become the Hoy Away in nothing flat. Especially in the current climate of network providers pushing handset "upgrades" at their customers every five minutes.
Maybe they'll come out with a "cloud" based phone so that all your apps, data and processing power are stored remotely so any old cheap phone phone, will do, ie a disposable phone AKA a Hoy Away.
Given the panic from Oracle and Apple to sue the crap out of Android in the US it will be interesting to see whether they have the cojones to take on Huawei in a Chinese court. The Chinese government has said many things about respecting intellectual property (especially that which is owned by Chinese companies and litigated over in East Texas) but strangely nothing seems to have changed in China...
"All of this will be accompanied by suitable promotions explaining how to pronounce the name of the company (HU-AH-WAY) – a problem that HTC never had to face."
Not quite right - perhaps HTC could try to educate the ignoramuses who believe it is "Haitch Tea Cee" as opposed to the correct and altogether more pleasant "Aitch Tea Cee".
(Whilst I'm on this topic, perhaps the BBC could also train some of their announcers that it is "Bee Bee Cee One Aitch Dee" and not the quite frequently used "Bee Bee Cee One Haitch Dee".)
Since when did the Grand Luvvie and his faithful followers count as arbiters of anything? Here's a snippet of their received wisdom:
"I remember as a youngster first hearing H pronounced as HAITCH, and it made me violently angry."
Violently angry? Of course, by the bottom of page two, they were talking about vagina, just like everyone else.
Times change (see title), and language changes too. Communication isn't a fucking physics exam, with a right answer. It isn't a competition either, and you don't get a medal for knowing the most.
I've seen and used some of Huawei's mobile offerings. Cheap and cheerful sums them up. Sure they do the job, but they just don't stand out in any way.
The biggest Achilles Heel on the Huawei product set is battery life, the few handsets I was blessed with sucked, although these were mid range models.
What works for China doesn't mean the products will have appeal in EMEA. Huawei are having a torrid time trying to get the European market to buy their switches and [Huawei-Symantec] storage products due to lack of brand awareness and lack of confidence in technologies manufactured by a company owned by the Beijing regime
I wish them the very best in their endeavour, however as most smart phone buyers are quite brand aware, this may require more than just a phone with a pretty [inter]face
They are going to need a serious QC shakeup if they are to compete with the likes of HTC.
things made in China with a Western badge on it - no problem.
things made in China with a Chinese badge on it - ooo hell they gonna screw us.
Sometimes I'm led to wonder if this is similar to the issue with things like Chocolate and Coffee, we've got no problems buying raw product from poor countries, but you try and refine the stuff and sell us a branded manufactured product you can meet my levies.
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