Introducing Huawei’s Cloud Based Android Phone: “Vision”
TweetChinese phone companies are increasingly jumping onto the bandwagon of phones based on the cloud; joining Baidu Incorporated, Yulong Technologies and Alibaba Group is China’s household name in telecommunication and tech gadgets, Huawei Technologies Company Ltd. Huawei just recently unveiled their first cloud computing based phone, titled “Vision”.
Word about the Huawei’s intended venture into the cloud computing arena was out by May when the company highlighted about their strategy for a cloud based device. The phone, “Vision”, was unleashed on Wednesday last week to make its mark in the list of Chinese smartphones employing technologies in cloud computing.
The smartphone “Vision” is a baby of the company’s primary branch, Huawei Device Co. Ltd. This 3.7-inch phone runs on the Android OS platform, version 2.3 Gingerbread and uses the Huawei cloud which has 160 GB for every user of the smartphone.
Vision users will seamlessly “download” their applications, photos, videos and music from the Huawei cloud via wireless network connection. Analysts have compared Huawei’s mobile phone cloud strategy to the iCloud, an innovation of Apple Inc. and unleashed in June for the iPhone.
Huawei’s “Vision” (released Aug 3) now joins the pioneers in cloud-based mobile phones – Yulong Technologies and Alibaba which apparently beat their Western counterparts in releasing cloud-based smartphones. Yulong made their mark with the “Coolpad” handset (Jul 25) as a pioneering smartphone, while Alibaba earned their place with the “Aliyun” cloud computing OS for smartphones, as well as the “K-Touch Cloud” smartphone (July 28) by Alibaba.
Analysts have pointed out that perhaps the only major challenge facing mobile phone cloud-computing is the fact that most telecommunication carriers are yet to advance and upgrade their connectivity to the faster, more efficient 4G platform; and so new cloud-based phones such as “Vision” are now limited to the 3G networks.
Key industry observers have also indicated that the full potential and availability of cloud-based smartphones will be realized once the 4G network coverage is expanded.
With the 4G networks in place, mobile phones can enjoy the perceived top speeds of over 50 Mbps compared to the slower assumed top speed of 14 Mbps with the 3G networks.
With the inception of Huawei’s cloud-based 3G phone, all eyes are now turned to ZTE perhaps, Huawei’s known arch-rival in the Chinese telecommunications industry.
With regards to the price tag that Huawei will slap onto the “Vision” smartphone, so far no details have been relayed, but the company has confirmed the phone’s availability by the month of September.