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Huawei was the second-biggest smartphone vendor in the first quarter of this year, according to research and advisory firm Gartner. HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP

Huawei aims to bolster electronics ecosystem

Huawei Technologies is currently in “great shape” as the world’s second-largest cellphone maker and stands poised to build up an ecosystem of consumer electronics backed by artificial intelligence, a company executive said on Tuesday.

Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show Asia in Shanghai, Huawei Consumer Business Group chief strategy officer Shao Yang detailed the company’s all-in AI strategy, which experts believe is set to bring sweeping changes to the global personal electronics sector.

“Huawei is not at the most dangerous moment, but in its best condition,” Shao told attendees during the three-day event which wraps up on Thursday. “Optimistic and confident, we are committed to building a better world that is fully interconnected.”

Shao envisions a major upgrade in the mobile phone sector this year as “the industry has experienced cyclical shake-ups every 12 years since 1983, when Motorola commercialised the first functioning cellular mobile phone”.

He expects the domestically produced HiAI – a mobile terminal-oriented artificial intelligence computing platform – to be the central plank powering intelligent platforms in communications, transportation, work and entertainment.

In this case, smartphones serve as a hub connecting other intelligent terminals, from wearable devices to internet-connected vehicles, in order to perform a variety of daily tasks.

“Users will be able to use voice commands to give cars instructions like making an online purchase, which would previously only be achieved through manual inputs. Bigger TV displays will also be put to full use, as photos and files stored on phones are synchronised,” he said.

Shao also said Huawei’s self-developed Internet of Things solutions and service distribution platforms will encourage industry players to embrace the smart and interconnectivity technologies.

Huawei, based in Guangdong province’s Shenzhen city, was the second-biggest smartphone vendor in the first quarter of this year, behind South Korea’s Samsung Electronics, according to research and advisory firm Gartner. CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

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