Huawei set to launch first Froyo handset

Chinese OEM mobile phone manufacturer Huawei is set to announce their first native Ideos U8150 Android 2.2 handset at Berlin's consumer electronics show IFA next month, where their latest mobile phone will be available for networks to sell as a finished product.

Huawei are best known for their OEM handsets and telecoms products, such as the Three MIFI device and more recently the Vodafone rival mobile WIFI unit. The 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen Ideos could very well make their mark on the handset world, as the first device to natively run Android 2.2 - without the lengthy qualifying process that the HTC Desire updates are currently going through.

This elongated and drawn out process of rolling out Froyo to Android handsets has upset many phone owners on mobile networks, when SIM free and unlocked handset have been using the update for some time. Even USA networks have seen the rollout to 2.2 of the Google OS as far back as three months ago, which just adds further insult to injury.

Huawei Ideos U8150 is reported to be a budget handset with a 3.2 megapixel camera, 802.11n and a 528Mhz chipset, which falls in line with their ethos of making affordable handsets.

Other manufactures do see their affordable handsets as running older versions of Android. It's good to see a company taking the initiative and leading from the front, as this is likely to be the first budget Froyo handset on the market.


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