Chinese smartphone maker Huawei is gearing up to expand its product range with Android, Windows Phone 8 mobiles, tablets and mid sized phone-tablet hybrids.
In an ambitious expansion drive, Huawei, which is the sixth biggest mobile phone manufacturer in the world, plans to work across various OS platforms and device types.
Even more ambitiously, it is reportedly hatching a back-up plan in case Windows Phone 8 or Android are no longer viable options for the company to use.
Wan Biao, CEO of Huawei Device, told Reuters, “Whatever consumers like, we’ll develop. We’re also devoting resources into coming up with a phone operating system based on our current platform in case other companies won’t let us use their system one day.”
Huawei’s consumer profile is not as high in the West compared to its rivals. For several years, Huawei made “white box” phones for other telecom carriers to add their own branding. Along with the likes of ZTE, it often specialised in budget smartphones and products such as 3G dongles for laptops.
Reuters says that Huawei plans to launch smartphones using Windows 8 later this year or early in 2013 and, at an unspecified time, Windows 8 tablets and phone-tablets too.
The company recently announced plans to invest in a UK facility, creating approximately 700 jobs over five years. Huawei is controversial for some, however. It was founded 25 years ago by former People’s Liberation Army soldier Ren Zhengfei, and over the years it has been dogged by allegations regarding business practices and concerns over cyber security.