According to TechnoBuffalo, Kevin Yang, a director at the Chinese research firm iSuppli, Huawei will be the manufacturer of the next Nexus. Google made the decision after considering other local manufacturers and the growing market of Android devices in the country.
Understandably, while Huawei leads smartphone sales in China, it has little to no presence in the United States. The Economist tells that Huawei is the largest telecommunications equipment maker in the world, having surpassed Ericsson of Sweden in 2012. In that year, the company was worth $32 billion with 140,000 employees and customers in 140 countries.
Nonetheless, Huawei has been suspected by western countries who worry that the networks it builds are used by Chinese government officials to spy on them. That fear led to Australia blocking its participation in the construction of a national broadband network. Additionally, a Congressional committee has delayed Huawei’s entry into the US because of suspicions caused by Chinese cyber-attacks.
Despite these suspicions, Huawei’s Ascend series has seen some critically acclaim, including its latest flagship, the Ascend Mate 7 phablet. While it is not available on contract with a carrier here in the US, it can be expected that it and other devices will be brought to the States unlocked, just like the $300, mid-range Ascend Mate 2. On March 1 at Mobile World Congress, it revealed the 7-inch MediaPad X2 tablet, the first 64-bit octa-core, LTE, dual-sim phablet. It also took the covers off its first smartwatch: the Huawei Watch, with 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM, and a 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor.