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Huawei readies Ascend Mate 2 for U.S. launch


Huawei has opened up a new website for the Ascend Mate 2 ahead of an eventual U.S. debut. From the looks of things, the Ascend Mate 2 will be sold directly to U.S. consumers; pricing and availability are unknown.

Initially unveiled as CES a few months back, the Huawei smartphone features 6.1-inch 720p display, quad-core 1.6GHz processor, 2GB RAM. 16GB internal storage, and a 4050mAh battery. The rear camera offers 13-megapixels while the front-facing shooter packs 5-megapixels. Powered by Android 4.4 KitKat, the Ascend Mate 2 includes Huawei’s latest Emotion UI.


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Weekends with Engadget: the future of Oculus Rift, new HTC One review and more!

Weekends with Engadget

Welcome to Weekends with Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines from the past seven days — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. For even more news, subscribe to our Flipboard magazine!

Can Oculus survive the Facebook effect?

Earlier this week, the internet responded to Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR with a swift fury. But it’s not all bad news. Our own Marc Perton points out, the deal doesn’t change the essence of the Oculus Rift, or its potential for non-gaming applications.

HTC One review (2014): a great phone, but no longer a game-changer

HTC’s new One is official, and it’s quite the looker. With a sleek unibody chassis reminiscent of last year’s model, the new One packs a larger 5-inch screen, and a brand new version of its Sense UI. What’s more, the handset is one sale in the US today, starting at $199 for the 16GB version.

iTunes Radio now streams the news, thanks to NPR

Last week, NPR announced that it joined iTunes Radio as the music streaming service’s first news channel. It may be the exclusive station for iDevice users at the moment, but we expect that won’t last for long.


Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon review (2014): new, but not necessarily improved

The new ThinkPad X1 Carbon brings everything Lenovo fans loved about the original X1 Carbon, just in a lighter, slimmer package. Some users, however, may not enjoy its new “adaptive panel,” which replaces the traditional Fn keys. You can pick one up for $1,259, but be warned: the X1 Carbon has the shortest battery life in its class.

Turkish government bans YouTube following attempt to remove corruption videos

The Turkish government has struck again, this time banning YouTube in what appears to be an attempt to remove videos that contain evidence of political corruption. At this point, the restriction is active on several ISPs and continues to roll out.

San Francisco Giants (and most of MLB) adopt Apple’s iBeacon for an enhanced ballpark experience

The iBeacon is a small Apple device that boosts iPhone location services through Bluetooth — and the San Francisco Giants are outfitting their entire stadium with the tech. For the Giants, as well as 19 other MLB teams following suit, the iBeacon is yet another way to bring mobile interaction with fans to the next level.

Facebook: A visual history

Mark Zuckerberg’s social network turned 10 this year, so we took a look back at its design changes over the course of the decade. From profile redesigns to quarterly News Feed tweaks and open betas, constantly adapting aesthetics to catering to user habits has been a driving force for Facebook for quite some time.

Office for iPad review: three beautiful apps, each with strong competition

After quite a few leaks, Microsoft officially outed its Office for iPad offering. Those curious to try it out will need an Office 365 subscription in order to opt in and OneDrive for cloud accessibility, making it an optimal choice for those already invested in Redmond’s wares. Click through for all of the details in our full review.

This is what Facebook could look like on Oculus Rift (video)

As you’re probably aware, Facebook dropped $2 billion on Oculus VR with the intent to bring “completely new kinds of experiences” to us all. And while that leaves much to the imagination, Chaotic Moon studios has an idea of what that could look like.

NSA spied on Huawei founder’s emails to implicate him as a Communist Party insider

The New York Times managed to get a glimpse of documents suggesting that the NSA was hacking into the email account of Huawei founder, Ren Zhengfei. Apparently the government has been creating “back doors” in the company’s systems since 2009.

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UK’s EE to launch own-brand LTE smartphone for just £100 off-contract

We got wind that EE was cooking up an own-brand smartphone for its 4G network a couple of weeks ago, and now the UK operator’s ready to come clean about the device. It’s called the Kestrel, and as we suspected, it’ll offer the cheapest ride on EE’s LTE network at £100 on pay-as-you-go (PAYG), or free from £14 per month on the new entry-level tariff, when it launches towards the end of April. Now, being £30 less on PAYG than Alcatel’s One Touch Idol S (which is also free from £14 per month), a mixed-bag of specs was to be expected. On the plus side, it’s packing a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 and as a Cat 4 handset, it’s capable of maxing out the theoretical 150Mbps download speeds of EE’s “Extra” plans. Not so enticing is the 4.5-inch qHD display (960 x 540), and beyond that, we’re looking at 1GB of RAM, 8 gigs of storage (with a microSD slot for expansion), a 2,000mAh battery, 5-megapixel main camera and 1-megapixel front-facer.

The Kestrel’s running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean behind Huawei’s Emotion UI, with bloatware comprising a couple of EE apps and “free games,” as the spec sheet puts it. Curiously, Amazon’s app suite is also pre-loaded on the device alongside Google’s familiar services. We’ve had a very brief encounter with a prototype handset, which was pleasant enough with its angular styling and “graphite” tint. Further indication of Huawei’s involvement as EE’s ODM can be seen in the phone’s curved bottom edge, which is fairly common to the Chinese company’s own devices. According to EE, a homegrown handset was always part of the network’s long-term plan — one that doesn’t stop with the Kestrel.

In fact, this is just the first in a series of planned devices bearing EE branding and named after British birds of prey. We don’t need to tell you that the Kestrel is all about affordability, but it would now seem the only way is up. We don’t know if some kind of own-brand flagship makes as much sense as a bargain offering, but we’re happy to wait for the EE Barn Owl to be announced before passing any formal judgement.

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Daily Roundup: NSA spies on Huawei, Google Now for Chrome and more!

You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.

NSA spied on Huawei founder’s emails to implicate him as a Communist Party insider

The New York Times managed to get a glimpse of documents suggesting that the NSA was hacking into the email account of Huawei founder, Ren Zhengfei. Apparently the government has been creating “back doors” in the company’s systems since 2009.

Google’s Photowall for Chromecast lets you doodle on photos, beam them to your TV

Google’s new app, called Photowall, lets Chromecast owners beam images and doodles straight to their TV. The iOS and Android apps are available now, so download away. And don’t worry WP8 users, there’s a web app too.

Google Now officially lands in Chrome

The power of Now has finally landed in Google’s Chrome. Basically, it works the same way that it does on your smartphone, though cards pop up from your OSes notification area.

iTunes Radio now streams the news, thanks to NPR

Earlier today, NPR announced that it joined iTunes Radio as the music streaming service’s first news channel. It may be the exclusive station for iDevice users at the moment, but we expect that won’t last for long.

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NSA spied on Huawei founder’s emails to implicate him as a Communist Party insider

Ren Zhengfei might seem to us like a man of mystery; a quintessential “elusive figure” about whom we know very little beyond the facts that he founded Huawei and has had some (partly refuted) connections to the Chinese Communist Party. According to documents leaked by Edward Snowden and seen by Der Spiegel and The New York Times, however, there are snoops inside the NSA who know him much better than we do — not least because they’ve been reading his private emails.

The leaked documents suggest that the NSA has been hacking into Huawei’s HQ in Shenzen since 2009 for two different purposes: Firstly, to create “back doors” into the company’s international telecoms infrastructure, thereby allowing for deeper spying wherever that infrastructure is used (i.e., precisely what the US has accused Huawei of doing on behalf of the Chinese state); and secondly, to monitor internal communications, including messages sent by Zhengfei and Chairwoman Sun Yafang, based on the suspicion that these people are deliberately furthering China’s “SIGINT” (signals intelligence) capabilities.

The NSA’s activities apparently reached the point where one agency worker complained of having “so much data that we don’t know what to do with it.” But despite the amount of information collected, none of the leaked documents appear to prove or disprove America’s primary fear about Huawei being a security threat. This lack of evidence has led Huawei’s US spokesman, Bill Plummer, to take the ironic stance of calling on the US government to help clear his company’s name:

“If such espionage has been truly conducted, then it is known that the company is independent and has no unusual ties to any government, and that knowledge should be relayed publicly to put an end to an era of mis- and disinformation.”

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Source: Der Spiegel, New York Times


Huawei has ‘no plans’ to launch an Android/Windows Phone hybrid

If two heads are better than one, does that mean two mobile operating systems are better than one? Huawei seemed to think so. CMO Shao Yang recently told TrustedReviews that it was working on a phone that ran Android and Windows Phone, but the company did an about-face today and said it has “no plans” to launch such a dual-booting Frankenphone. When Yang first brought up the notion, he said that an Android/Windows Phone combination could be more enticing to consumers than a standalone WP device. He may have had a point (if only because of sheer novelty), but c’mon now: while geeks may swoon, average phone buyers probably wouldn’t embrace it as enthusiastically. Even if Huawei made switching between platforms seamless (a very big if, mind you), users would still have to grapple with the intricacies of two very different OSes. The world probably won’t mourn the loss of Huawei’s hybrid, but hey — at least the dual-boot dream lives on with Ubuntu and Karbonn.

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The week’s best Android rumors: Nexus 6, Google Smartwatch, Galaxy Tab 4, and more

zte-nubia-xZTE Nubia X

ZTE has a 6.3-inch device in the works, yet we’re still waiting on the hardware and software details. A photo surfacing of the phone, which could also be the Z7, gives us our first look at the minimal design.

Oppo Find 7

The Oppo Find7, which is expected to be announced in Beijing on March 19, may have a 50 MP camera, according to a leaked 8,160 x 6,120 resolution photo.

Dual-booting Karbonn

Indian OEM Karbonn is expected launch a dual-booting handset later this year, according to new reports. The smartphone is expected run both Windows Phone 8.1 and Android, however the other details remain unclear. 

Galaxy Tab 4

In a Gear Fit advert, Samsung accidentally announced/leaked the Galaxy Tab 4. According to the photo, the Galaxy Tab 4 will come in 10.1-, 8- and 7-inch models. Let’s all be serious… you knew Samsung was planning a new Galaxy Tab.


Nexus 6

The latest Nexus 6 rumors suggest LG will again be the handset maker of choice for Google’s handset. Reportedly, the device will be a lighter version of the LG G3, a smartphone that’s yet to be introduced.

Google Smartwatch

More details surfacing this week seem to validate earlier chatter that LG will also be the company behind Google’s first foray into smartwatches.

17 Gear 2 neo orange 3Samsung Gear

Samsung has yet to clarify pricing for its upcoming smartwatch refresh however reports indicate the Gear 2 will be retail for 300 EU ($412 USD) with the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit sellingfor 200 EUR ($275 USD).

Huawei’s octa-core CPU

Huawei’s upcoming mobile processor could be quite the monster, if recently uncovered benchmarks are an indicator. According to scores found on AnTuTu, the chipset rivals even Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor. there’s no word yet as to when we’ll see the octa-core CPU in devices; the Ascend D3 is alleged to be among the first to employ it.

Desire 610

AT&T is in line to carry the recently announced HTC Desire 610, or so says evleaks . The mid-range device may not arrive until after May, however, as that’s when HTC says the “global rollout” begins.

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Huawei Ascend P6 gets Android 4.4.2 via OTA update in China

Huawei Ascend P6 gets Android 4.4.2A whole slew of Android smartphones have been getting updated to the latest software, Android 4.4.2, and the latest to join the party is the Huawei Ascend P6 which reportedly started getting its update as an over-the-air (OTA) update in China. Seeing as the P6 is still on Android 4.2.2 and using the slightly outdated Emotion UI 1.6, the updated should see the P6 get all the Android KitKat goods as well as the latest and greatest Emotion UI 2.0.

While this update hasn’t exactly been on time (Huawei promised the P6 would get its KitKat update in January), it’s better late than never and perfect timing seeing as all its competitors  are being updated at this time as well. Seeing as the update is rolling out now in China, it’s only a matter of time before the update spreads around the world. Briefly holding the title of thinnest smartphone on the market, the P6 never quite found its feet away from its native China, but nonetheless has still helped the Chinese manufacturer reach third behind Samsung and LG on the Android manufacturers leaderboard.

Anybody out there excited that the Huawei Ascend P6 gets Android 4.4.2? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Source: Huawei News via Phones Review


Huawei’s flagship phablet is only $300 in China, and its CMO explains why

Huawei’s recently announced MediaPad X1 has caused quite a stir — it’s the lightest and smallest-ever 7-inch tablet (let alone a phablet), while also packing decent features like a 1,920 x 1,200 display, 5,000mAh battery and 150 Mbps LTE. The retail price quoted at the launch event was €399 or about $550 for the LTE model, but back in China, it appears that Huawei’s slapped an insane discount on the same quad-core tablet, albeit under a slightly different name. Dubbed the Honor X1, the 3G model will retail for just CN¥1,799 or about $290, and the 4G version will go for just CN¥1,999 or $330. That’s a $220 drop for the LTE model! So when we caught up with Huawei Device’s CMO Shao Yang at MWC, we had to ask him: What was he thinking? Well, it’s all about the way consumers perceive this device in different regions.

The exec explained that his company conducted different tests in four countries: China, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Russia. For the China tests, many people identified the X1 as a phone, which isn’t surprising given the increasing popularity of phablets in Asia. Folks from other countries, however, saw the X1 as a tablet that can be used as a phone.

“As Honor is our online brand, we’re saving channel costs and can therefore offer a further deal.”

“Under these circumstances, we priced the device according to the way it’s perceived in each region,” said Yang. “In Europe, the iPad mini with LTE costs about €499 to €599, so our partners are still extremely happy with our €399 price point over there. In China, it’s a special case: the X1 is sold under the Honor brand. As Honor is our online brand, we’re saving channel costs and can therefore offer a further deal.”

Of course, it’s no coincidence that the Honor X1 is priced the same as the Xiaomi Phone 3 — which doesn’t even have LTE, nor storage expansion — and other flagship phones from similar Chinese online brands. It’s apparent that Huawei’s willing to drastically squeeze its margins just to starve its local online competitors, in order to hold or even leap from its number four position in China. But at the same time, you have to also admire Huawei for innovating in the wearable space to reach this goal, and Yang told us to stay tuned for more later this year.

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[MWC 2014] Huawei announces its first smartwatch, the Huawei TalkBand B1

Huawei TalkBand B1And we’re off! Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 has officially started and Huawei is one of the first cabs off the rank in announcing their newest products. One of these new products was its heavily rumoured smartwatch, officially announced as the Huawei TalkBand B1. Huawei says the TalkBand B1 is supposed to be the “perfect hybrid ‘talk and track’ mobile companion”, utilizing a Bluetooth 4.1 earpiece to help you communicate on the go as well as tracking steps taken, calories burned and distance moved.

The TalkBand B1 also possesses a 1.4-inch OLED display, a 90mAh battery and weighs only 26g. It can be wirelessly paired with devices via NFC and is compatible with devices with Android 2.3 and higher. That tiny battery is able to power the TalkBand B1 for 7 hours of continuous talk time, and around 6 days with normal use. Probably the neatest bit of the TalkBand B1 is its earpiece which is able to be removed for use and easily placed back into the wristband.

Huawei TalkBand B1It’s definitely an interesting route that Huawei has taken, mixing calling ability with fitness, and we’re excited to see where it will go. The Huawei TalkBand B1 will be available in true black, graphite grey, snow white, lemon yellow, curacao blue and raspberry red, and is expected to launch first in China in March 2014, followed by Japan, the Middle East, Russia and Western Europe in Q2 2014 for the price of €99, or around $135 USD.

Are you interested in getting a Huawei TalkBand B1, and do you think Huawei has gone the correct route with its first smartwatch? Let us know what you think in the comments.


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