Counterclockwise: Huawei bets on Android early and grows big quickly

30 September 2018
The company has only been making phones since 2003, but is already one of the world's most influential makers.

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S Yu, 01 Oct 2018Lies. They were first with an announcement, when they were ... moreSorry, I meant first on Android side to do so. Should've clarified in retrospect

Sonu4678, 30 Sep 2018I guess they were heavily inspired(nice way to put it) by S... moreClearly there were Samsung copies after 2014, even this year, take another look at the photos.

Walter C. Dornez, 30 Sep 2018Tbh, it's only design that seems to make them a follower. T... moreLies. They were first with an announcement, when they were far from shipping capacity, twice. The Kirins weren't first in anything except using ARM's latest stock cores.

Many ripoffs of Sony and Samsung.

Akash, 30 Sep 2018Sadly they have stopped unlocking their bootloader. This al... moreObviously it is really horrible move, no point to buy Android phone which will be useless after few years without custom roms

AnonD-781012, 01 Oct 2018Sorry I'm not criticising Nokia here, I'm just saying that ... moreWell its your opinion i said mine.
We both can be right and correct also we both cant be.
One truth over another :-)))
Just saying.

  • AnonD-781012

CptPower, 01 Oct 2018Nice lie. Rather than having own OS like apple Nokia chos... moreSorry I'm not criticising Nokia here, I'm just saying that Nokia joined the Android party very late keeping too much hope on it's then symbian platform. If it adopted Android earlier like Samsung and other players did, it would be in the top spot now and Samsung and Apple beneath it. Just saying :))

MarcioR, 01 Oct 2018I got a oneplus 5T and i have no issue if they're spying on... moreWell you see. I also dont care.
my savings are zero and i live from one monthly wages to another.
They can rob me but they will steal nothing :-)

  • MarcioR

CptPower, 01 Oct 2018For all haters. If we compare huawei top phones with any ... moreI got a oneplus 5T and i have no issue if they're spying on me. I dont use any banking account on that phone nor any personal information. I don't even have any social media apps, besides Messenger and skype.
i watch movies on netflix, i play a LOT of games, Pubg being number one and i do a lot of researches.
There's nothing usefull in there as Data so i'm totally ok with it.

AnonD-781012, 30 Sep 2018Counter headline: Nokia bets on Android very lately and die... moreNice lie.
Rather than having own OS like apple Nokia chosen very well.
Android is the future where Tim Crook and his loyal dogs doing one mistake after another in few more years even a dog wont bark on apple.

For all haters.
If we compare huawei top phones with any other brands a real life usage proves even more than a benchmark score.
They cameras are top notch the best possible image quality and they get even better over time.
And fo sending data and spying on you. Everycompany doing this.
Once you sign up with terms of agreement and their policy you have no idea which 3rd party program which looks like part of the OS using and sending your ddata and where.
In present world everybody knows you no matter how you look at it.
Just for example a company which spy on 99% of everything just for case of Terrorism but who knows what else they spy for?

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Anonymous, 30 Sep 2018Huawei installs spyware on their phones, cheats on benchmar... moreMan thats apple and Samsung way but not Huawei you are wrong my friend.
by the way everytime you run new phone you have to sign up with the terms of agreement and the policy.

  • Pajson89

First huawei i bought was p6 ,loved it ,after that ,p8 ,mate s now still using p10 plus ,best phones .

Kar, 30 Sep 2018Huawei is cheating in benchmarks ,cameras don't believe themAnd why we should believe you???
Apple is also cheating they claims they use fastest CPU on the planet but in real life usage they preform a lot worse than Qualcomm, Exynos or Kirin.

  • Anonymous

Had a Huawei Mate 7 global dual sim version (TL10 model) way back in November 2014, which I sold off just this year, but is still running very well up to now in very good condition (almost 4 years later) with no issues under a new owner. Very durable phone. I can't help but be nostalgic about it so spare me some time to talk about it.

The Mate 7 was actually Huawei's breakthrough product that brought the FIRST Chinese sounding smartphone name to the global limelight, long before Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo became popular.

After Apple debuted the fingerprint scanner in the iPhone 5s in September 2013, HTC, Samsung and other Android phone manufacturers actually released knee-jerk products shortly with poorly made fingerprint scanners, which had high rejection rates that nobody ever used them.

It was actually only a full year later, with the release of Huawei's Ascend Mate 7 in October 2014, that THE VERY FIRST SUCCESSFUL fingerprint implementation in an android device came to match the iPhone 5s' fingerprint scanner reliability and accuracy. So during that time, many iPhone 5s/6/6 plus owners would look at my big screen Android device and ask what brand it is because no android device owner then (except for Huawei Mate 7 users) ever used fingerprint authentication.

Anyway, to cut the long story short, the Huawei Mate 7 was not only the first Android device with successful fingerprint implementation, it was also the first flagship phone to offer a huge 6", 16:9 screen, with HYBRID dual SIM and LTE capability and huge 4100mAh battery all in a SINGLE device. Sure there was the bigger 6.4" Xperia Z ultra or the 6.2" Galaxy Mega back then but they offered less. Only the Mate 7 offered flagship grade specs with a huge 6" screen, a successful fingerprint scanner implementation, a hybrid dual sim with LTE, and a huge 4000mAh battery. And yes, it had FM radio and a headphone jack too. It's 4100mAh battery has lost some capacity but it still makes it through a heavy day of use without charging unlike the other flagship phones then. It's for this reason that I strongly advice against below 4000mAh sealed batteries if you want your phone to last a long long time. Removable battery is best but when it's no longer offered, 4000mAh and higher capacity sealed batteries are the next best anti-obsolescence choice, as are micro sd card storage expansion.

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xXENDER FREAKXx, 30 Sep 2018Every service sends user data to personalize the user, that... more..and the awards for that go to..?

Had 2 Ascend P1's and I loved them very much.Gave my wife one and she used it as a daily driver,she says she must have dropped it at least 10 times or more,no cracks or anything.Lovely rubbery matte finish on back.Had the Ascend P6 too,incredible build and slim as can be.Got many compliments on that phone.Miss it .Bought the P9 recently cuz the price is better now.Hated it.Can't stand the EMUI now,Lockscreen notifications and music controls were difficult to set up and or didn't work at all..Notification LED was so dim that it was practically useless unless u were in a pitch black room.I wouldn't mind having a P1 again just for fun.Never ever saw a P1 S for sale anywhere though.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 30 Sep 2018I guess this is in 'Night Mode'. Yes, night mode is amazing.You don't have to go into the Night Mode if the lighting conditions permit. It's auto mode is more than enough to handle low light situations, even beat to the most expensive iPhone XS today. Yes, the downside of P20 Pro is lacking of stabilization for 4K videos, which I seldom use at all. 1080p is enough for media consumption imo.

Whackcar, 30 Sep 2018That's probably why they're using a fresh back-panel design... moreSeeing the renders of the Honor Magic 2 and the fact that Samsung has been investing in making transparent OLED panels, there probably won't be a notch in the P30

  • Anonymous

"the history of China's mobile networks is quite interesting, but here's not the place"

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