November 11, 2008 | by Robert Nelson
Huawei Technologies has announced some plans to begin offering a few new handsets during the first half of 2009, and according to James Chen the Director of Marketing one of those handsets will be powered by Android.
Up until now, Huawei has dealt mostly in lower-end feature phones, and despite coming late to the smartphone market they are feeling confident. Chen was noted as saying that thanks to their “focus on customization” they “can still take the lead.”
Huawei is currently a member of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) and have stated that they are looking for funding and not a partnership. Their handsets will also not be branded with their own logo, but instead be sold as they currently are, through other companies, as they will never sell directly to the end user.
It looks like 2009 will be good for the Android market in China, hopefully we can see continued growth in other areas as well. Additionally, Huawei has also announced plans to launch a Symbian-based handset, which is also expected to come in the first half of 2009.