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Huawei is building an ecosystem of connected devices

A smart phone is at the center of it all

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Huawei is making a strong push towards building an ecosystem built on the backbone of their success in the mobile computing space.

At the APAC Huawei Developer Day, the company unveiled a roadmap to demonstrate their transition from a phone maker to a complete ecosystem of devices. We’ve previously seen similar concepts from Apple, Google, and Samsung, and now Huawei plans on having a piece of the pie.

Huawei is the world’s second-largest phone maker today and aims to develop a wide array of smart applications for day-to-day usage. Obviously, Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) will be at the center of it all and consists of eight nodes. These nodes will offer extended hardware capability to the phone, and in return, provide more IoT and AI-based applications for the end-user.

These nodes include televisions, speakers, glasses, watches, vehicles, earbuds, laptops, and tablets. These devices can complement the phone and offer various use-case scenarios like smart homes, smart offices, next-gen mobility, and advances health tracking.

Smartphones are credited to be one of the most revolutionary inventions because a palm-sized device can completely replace appliances like televisions, computers, the radio, and more. Phones are always connected to the internet today and this opens up an abundance of new opportunities for everyone.

For developers, it can be an ideal platform to launch their services across a wide array of devices. Huawei claims it has 570 million HMS users, a figure that will be extremely enticing for developers because an audience is easily available.

HMS also includes software-based add-ons like AppGallery, Huawei Browser, Huawei Assistant, and Huawei Mobile Cloud. These services also act as a backup option for the brand because its recent flagship does not ship with Google apps out-of-the-box and requires an alternative.

By 2020, Huawei intends to open up access to 24 HMS Core kits, 55 services, and 997 APIs for the APAC region. To further encourage developers, the company has announced an investment of US$ 1 billion in the Shining-Star Program to train them on AI, AR/VR, and IoT.

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iPhone 12 causes Apple’s revenue to go up

Popular among those upgrading from old iPhones

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Apple’s first fiscal quarter is done. As the pandemic slowly but surely calms down, smartphones are also slowly going back into the forefront of everyone’s minds — that is, if everyone still has money. Apparently, they still do. According to their recent earnings report, Apple exceeded its revenue expectations this year. Plus, a lot of their recent success came from those upgrading from older phones to the iPhone 12.

Specifically, Apple earned US$ 111.4 billion in revenue, which is up 21 percent year over year from this time last year. Tim Cook attributes the success to the company’s new product lineup that came out last year. Back in October, Apple launched the iPhone 12 lineup.

Though the lineup was largely controversial because of the lack of a free charging adapter, apparently, everyone still liked it. Naturally, Apple won’t release any detailed breakdown of its sales. However, it’s easy to surmise that the new iPhone caused a major upswing in Apple’s sales.

According to Cook, a lot of the sales came from Android switchers and upgraders. While switchers have previously dominated the iPhone SE market, Cook confirms that the iPhone 12 drew in a lot of upgraders. As expected, the charger-less lineup attracted existing iPhone users who already have charging adapters. Meanwhile, Android users haven’t turned to the iPhone 12 that much.

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Carl Pei launches literally Nothing

Nope. Nada. Nothing.

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Yesterday, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei announced the launch of his latest business venture. After a few months since his departure from his company, the founder is finally ready to unveil his next project. Well, it’s finally here, and it’s… Nothing. Absolutely Nothing. Literally.

Carl Pei’s new business, called Nothing, will deal with smart devices and will eventually release devices sometime during the first half of 2021. Unfortunately, Pei has not explained exactly what those devices will look like. In fact, everything we know so far is wrapped in secrecy.

If it’s any indication, the company was heavily seeded by Tony Fadell, the inventor of the iPod. Likewise, Pei is a guru of audio technology, having developed OnePlus’ audio peripherals. For now, though, Pei’s Nothing is a mystery.

At the very least, Pei has announced that the devices will sweep across different industries and will eventually create its own ecosystem of devices. Currently, the company is still reportedly building its

The company’s website — simply Nothing.tech — only redirects to a video and a landing page for an email newsletter. Whatever it is, we’ll have to wait for when it eventually comes out.

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OnePlus founder Carl Pei to launch his new company very soon

Something to do with the audio industry

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Last year, OnePlus, despite a renewed push for an expansive product lineup, shifted a massive portion of its head honchos around. Late last year, for one, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei left the company for a then-unknown business venture. Now, we have an idea of what it is. Posted directly from the source, Pei is announcing his new business very, very soon.

On Twitter, Pei posted the official announcement: “Our new brand will be announced tomorrow at 11am London time.” That was almost 12 hours ago at the time of this writing, meaning the official announcement is coming practically 12 hours from now.

According to previous posts from the OnePlus founder, the new business venture will play around in the audio industry including music devices and accessories. Pei is already a known player in the industry, having spearheaded OnePlus’ forays into the audio business. Before he left, he presented the company’s take on wireless earbuds, the OnePlus Buds.

By creating a new company, Pei can focus on audio full-time. However, at this point, no one knows what the company will specifically make or even what it is called. All we know is that some investors seeded the venture with US$ 7 million.

Besides Pei, fellow co-founder Pete Lau also “exited” the company, albeit still working with other BKK companies in a joint venture to sync all of them together.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei leaves the company

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