Huawei Launches Cloud-Computing Smartphones‎

Huawei Technologies unveiled its cloud-computing mobile phones. Huawei launched its “Vision” smartphones at a media event in Beijing, with the new 9.9-mm, 121-g phone running on Google’s Android 2.3. The company, known for its low costs, is betting its cloud-computing smartphones will help the Shenzhen-based firm grab market share from the likes of Apple  and Samsung Electronics.

Global sales from Huawei’s devices division, which sells consumer products such as smartphones, mobile phones, tablets and wireless cards, grew by 64 percent to $4.2 billion (2.5 billion pounds) in the first half of the year from a year ago.

[advt]Cloud computing refers to data and software stored on computer servers rather than individual PCs and accessed over the Internet. Cloud computing smartphones will allow users to download applications without needing much storage space on their devices.

Last month, China’s Alibaba Group launched its first self-developed mobile operating system and smartphone running on its cloud computing-based operating system.

Founded in 1987, Huawei has grown rapidly. The company reported revenue of $28 billion last year. It aims to boost revenue to $100 billion in the next 10 years.

In July, Huawei Device executives said the firm aimed to ship 20 million smartphones this year, higher than a previous target of 12 million-15 million units.

In June, Huawei unveiled its MediaPad, a 7-inch Android-based tablet computer in Singapore, and is also developing a 10-inch device to be launched this year.

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