Huawei ramping up use of in-house processors in smartphones: IHS
Huawei has been developing Application Processors (AP) for a long time to use in its different devices and it’s expected that the company will ramp up consumptions of their own APs rather than decrease shipments from third-party solutions.
The Chinese tech giant is taking these measures to grow and realign its in-house chip production and to take its supply chains away from third-party processor solutions, says research firm IHS.
According to the data compiled by IHS, Huawei’s smartphone chipset – Kirin is used in 74.6% of the smartphones shipped in the third quarter of 2019 compared to 68.7% in 2018.
“Previously, Huawei used its Kirin chips mainly in flagship devices. However, the company now is expanding the reach of its in-house solution to more price ranges, including the Nova and Y-series mid-range phones” says IHS.
In May last year, the US government placed Huawei in the Entity-List and prohibited its business with American firms including the purchase of different semiconductor products.
“As a result, Huawei is working on removing US-based components from its supply chain by finding suppliers from different regions or by providing its own solutions,” said Anna Ahrens, senior analyst of smartphone and mobile at IHS.
The data also shows Huawei has decreased its shipment from Qualcomm to 8.6% in the Q3 2019 down from 24% in the same quarter in 2018. Meanwhile, MediaTek’s presence in Huawei phones increased to 16.7% in Q3 from 7.3% a year earlier.
IHS also revealed that Qualcomm still retains the highest share in the global mobile processor market in the third quarter of 2019 with a 31% share, followed by MediaTek at 21%. Samsung’s Exynos and Huawei’s Kirin recorded 16% and 14%, respectively.
Rumor: Kirin 820 to built on TSMC’s 6nm process and 5G, could be introduced in next Nova smartphones?
Failure rate of Apple’s iPhones is more than Huawei: CEO
Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO, Yu Chengdong said that the failure of Apple’s iPhones reached more than Huawei smartphones. The mobile chief’s latest comment came during the recent electric vehicles forum in China.
Yu Chengdong explained that the situation with Huawei was different when he first took on Huawei’s mobile business. The failure rate of Huawei phones was huge as compared to Apple. But now, it’s the opposite, the failure rate of Apple’s iPhones is many times greater than Huawei phones.
Huawei mobile head said that the current quality of Huawei phones is achieved by continuous hard work to fill the gaps created by technological challenges. Also, the entirety of the product quality is derived from quality system management and capability enhancements.
Bugs after release:
Over the past years, Huawei immensely increased the quality of its smartphones. However, with the last two models, there are reports that Apple is continuously trying to add new features to iPhones but these phones brought in a lot of bugs for the consumers.
My iPhone 14 pro max is far the buggiest iPhone I’ve used in a LONG time.
-Keyboard haptic/sounds randomly change
– keyboard is slow when on WhatsApp calls
– battery getting worse
Is it just me?? (iOS 16.2)
— The Tech Chap (@TheTechChap) January 14, 2023
iPhone has low-key innovations in terms of adding new features to smartphones. But when it actually tries to feed something new, some bugs massively disrupt the iOS.
During the Huawei Consumer Business Quality Conference in 2017, Yu Chengdong emphasized that Huawei has the highest priority for quality. It is above cost, profit, and everything else.
Yu reiterated that his company is focusing on quality and consumers. He said Huawei will defend the gold standard of the brand by providing quality and better experience.
“The pursuit of greater excellence also requires our team to continue to optimize, to remind ourselves to keep improving, to break through the impossible, to win the love of more users, and to meet greater challenges in the future.” concluded Yu Chengdong.
Huawei recently released the P60 series and Mate X3 foldable phone. The company ensured that these two flagships are made with all of the innovations for the best customer user experience.
These two device lineups bring in a unique HarmonyOS-powered software experience that is bug-free and provides a smoother user experience.
Huawei upgrades Asia’s R&D with $20 million investment in Singapore
Today, Huawei launched Huawei OpenLab 3.0 Asia-Pacific, which aims at new Singapore R&D operations to innovate new solutions for products needed in the Asia Pacific region with a new $20 million investment.
This will help Huawei and its partners to jointly collaborate and combine expertise and technologies to speed up digital transformation across various divisions and businesses.
Huawei OpenLab was officially launched in Singapore in 2016. To date, it has welcomed over 6000 industry visitors from the APAC region and forged collaborations with more than 100 partners to create customer-centric solutions.
Besides Singapore, Huawei has established OpenLabs in locations that include Suzhou, Munich, Istanbul, and Dubai, jointly developing and launching technologies and solutions with more than 400 partners worldwide.
Goh Pei Sheng, Vice President of Digital Industry Singapore (DISG) joined the opening ceremony. For your information, DISG is a platform of the Singapore government that engages with the technology sector. Over 60 partners and guests from the technology and public sectors, industry associations, and universities also attended the ceremony.
On the OpenLab 3.0 project, Huawei invested $20 million USD to upgrade research and development operations in Asia pacific. The new investment will help Huawei to collaborate with local partners to create customer-centric and innovative scenario-based solutions that truly meet regional needs.
Based on its considerable capabilities in wireless and optical networks, storage, cloud, and AI, Huawei has developed a range of integrated solutions like Smart Campus, Smart Classroom, and Smart City.
“Cloud OpenLab” a partner-oriented solution integration & verification platform on cloud architecture was also launched at the ceremony.
Collaborating with customers allows the solutions to be better tailored to meet needs through joint innovation. Collaboration often results in new ecosystems that deliver the digital transformation of public service, finance, transportation, energy, and many more industries.
During the event, two Huawei partners, Simon Chung, President of Global Business at Chinasoft International, and Jeffrey Yam, Director-Founder of Maxxmedia International, discussed their journey of collaboration with Huawei that resulted in incubating Smart Campus and Smart Classroom solutions.
“The booming digital economy in APAC will lead to new innovative services and applications. To accelerate the digital transformation of industries, a more open and diversified industry ecosystem is required”, said Mr. Nicholas Ma, President of Huawei APAC Enterprise Business Group. “OpenLab 3.0 is a global technology platform for local partners, customers, and institutions of higher learning in APAC. It explores joint solutions based on the demands of various industries and continuously contributes to building the Digital APAC.”
Mr. Jun Zhang, President of Huawei APAC Public Affairs and Communications said “Standing for Platforms, Innovation, Professionalism, Experience, and Skills, PIPES delivers targeted talent programs for individuals from all walks of life, to foster an inclusive talent ecosystem in the Asia Pacific region. OpenLab 3.0, a platform for innovation, experience and know-how sharing, exemplifies our talent-centric commitment, and is set to emerge as a pivotal hub for talent cultivation across the region.”
“OpenLab 1.0 to 2.0 have been looking at tomorrow from today’s perspective. OpenLab 3.0 is about cooperating with our partners to look at tomorrow from the day after tomorrow’s perspective and explore more possibilities in the future through our comprehensive innovative R&D capabilities and investment. Incubating and enabling more future-oriented local applications and innovative solutions, while promoting them to the entire Asia-Pacific region to support the digital transformation of various industries.” said Mr. Foo Fang Yong, CEO of Huawei International.
Huawei CFO said personal case in Canada and U.S. is over
Huawei CFO and vice chairman, Meng Wanzhou is now the rotating chairman of the Chinese tech giant and she said that her personal case has come to an end.
During the Annual 2022 Huawei Business Report Conference, a reporter asked whether Meng Wanzhou will have to visit the U.S. regarding her past detention case. On that, the Huawei CFO replied that the Judge has ordered the police to withdraw the case along with personal charges.
She said Huawei has appeared in almost 170 countries around the world and Huawei employees can conduct business trips according to work and routines.
In December 2018, Huawei founder’s daughter and deputy chairwoman Meng Wanzhou was detained at Vancouver International Airport by Canada Border Services Agency officers.
Later on, she was arrested for a U.S. extradition request for allegations of fraud and conspiracy in circumventing U.S. sanctions on Iran. In the following year, the U.S. Department of Justice formally announced fraud charges against Ms. Meng.
The first stage of the extradition hearing began in January 2020 and concluded in May. It’s when the Canadian supreme court ordered kicked off the extradition process.
However, Ms. Meng’s lawyer made several serious allegations against the authorities involved in the detention process. The entire detention is unlawful and based on fabricated charges.
On September 24, 2021, the U.S. department of justice announced to make a deal with Meng Wanzhou to resolve the case through a deferred prosecution agreement. However, she was not charged with a fine or pleaded guilty to the allegations and charges.
In December last year, U.S. DOJ dismissed all charges against Meng before December 21, 2022.
Interestingly, it was a well-set case plot for Huawei CFO and all of the charges were resolved in an instant, which took at around 2 years to form. However, Meng Wanzhou is at her homeground and working for the company to lead it towards success.