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Huawei Blames 'Lack of Innovation' on Loss of Steve Jobs

By - Source: The Verge | B 55 comments

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During the Consumer Electronics Show, Huawei consumer CEO Richard Yu blamed the supposed "lack of innovation" in the technology market due to the death of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

"Steve Jobs is gone. Now there is a lack of innovation," he said. Jobs was seen by many as one of the few worthy of being a visionary, with the late Apple co-founder helping the firm become the most valuable company on the planet via the launches of the iPod, iPhone and iPad.

Yu also criticized South Korean technology giant Samsung, stating that it doesn't utilize high-end materials: "their plastic is cheap".

He then referred to why Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei is the best company in terms of design for two reasons. One being it mixes Asian and European design and the other being it has spirit. "We're a globalized company, so that's why we can do better. And behind all that, we have our spirit. It's very important."

"In the past people understood that the best products came from Apple or Samsung. We want to change this so that people understand that the best products come from Huawei. That's my target."

Due to the firm's history of building lower-end handsets, Yu acknowledged that it'll take time for U.S. carriers to accept its high-end devices. Huawei announced the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate phablet during CES, which it claims to have the world's largest phone screen, as well as the world's most powerful smartphone in the form of the Ascend D2. It also announced its first Windows Phone with the W1.

Responding to comments regarding the sheer size of the Ascend Mate smartphone, as echoed in our hands-on CES 2013 preview, Yu stressed that the device was "more comfortable than the Galaxy Note" due to its design, as well as one-handed mode available for the device's keyboard.

 

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  • 24 Hide
    balister , January 12, 2013 12:26 AM
    People need to learn, Steve Jobs was not an innovator over the last 10 years, he's been an iterator. What Jobs did was take ideas for other people that were seperated across multiple products and instead combined all those ideas into a single product.
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    Soda-88 , January 12, 2013 12:04 AM
    Dear Richard Yu, stop trolling please.
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    bystander , January 12, 2013 12:56 AM
    I'll take a durable plastic cover over a phone that shatters when dropped. Plastic may be cheap, but that doesn't always make it bad. I used to race motocross when I was a kid, and they had just made the transition from metal tanks to plastic tanks. The plastic tanks where lighter and FAR more durable. The metals ones dented and leaked, the plastic ones where nearly indestructible.
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    Soda-88 , January 12, 2013 12:04 AM
    Dear Richard Yu, stop trolling please.
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    JOSHSKORN , January 12, 2013 12:20 AM
    That and Steve Jobs' patenting.
  • 24 Hide
    balister , January 12, 2013 12:26 AM
    People need to learn, Steve Jobs was not an innovator over the last 10 years, he's been an iterator. What Jobs did was take ideas for other people that were seperated across multiple products and instead combined all those ideas into a single product.
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    Shin-san , January 12, 2013 12:27 AM
    I don't feel that Steve Jobs was solely responsible for innovation. However, it takes talent to be able to find the best ideas out of your employees and to get it to the business suits so that they make it to market.
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    Anonymous , January 12, 2013 12:37 AM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ8pQVDyaLo

    Tablet from 1969's - 2001 A Space Odyssey. It includes flat screen, facetime and siri.

    Jobs wasn't an innovator. Apple was however the first to bring one of these to market, so they do deserve some credit, not a patent, just a pat on the shoulder.
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    abbadon_34 , January 12, 2013 12:46 AM
    What self serving crap. "you all suck we are the best" give me a break
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    vaughn2k , January 12, 2013 12:55 AM
    who wants a "phablet" by the way? 6in??? I'll pass...
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    bystander , January 12, 2013 12:56 AM
    I'll take a durable plastic cover over a phone that shatters when dropped. Plastic may be cheap, but that doesn't always make it bad. I used to race motocross when I was a kid, and they had just made the transition from metal tanks to plastic tanks. The plastic tanks where lighter and FAR more durable. The metals ones dented and leaked, the plastic ones where nearly indestructible.
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    CDdude55 , January 12, 2013 12:56 AM
    Even when Steve Jobs was alive they were still cranking out pratically the same product every month. I haven't seen Apple innovate since the first IPod and some would probably argue they haven't innvoated not since the Macintosh in 1984.
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    alidan , January 12, 2013 1:05 AM
    i read that title and thought it was the stupidest thing i ever read in my life that was professional.
    congrats, that title may have been stupid but the article takes the cake...

    really, i only click on the links for apple things half the time just to turn them purple so i dont have to keep thinking "hay, something new" but things like this just make be want to get some kind of word filter for this site and hide everything apple...

    thats actually a good idea... anyone know of something like that? i want to filter "steve jobs" "sue" "apple" "iphone" "ipad" and "ipod" so any links with those do not show up for me.
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    Anonymous , January 12, 2013 1:11 AM

    otacon72 01/12/2013 3:52 AM
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    If he had had slammed Apple instead of Samsung people in here would be congratulating him. Bunch of hypocrites.

    You are a dumb and stubborn one. If someone enters the room and says 1+1=3 then people will bash him. If that person same person comes in the room and says 1+1=2, of course people will accept him. Hypocrisy has nothing to do with this. You are one of the most hateful apple trolls I have seen on tech sites. You and eric, are the worse.
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    rds1220 , January 12, 2013 1:12 AM
    Good riddence the sooner they go down the crapper the better.
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    Anonymous , January 12, 2013 1:13 AM

    vaughn2k 01/12/2013 3:55 AM
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    who wants a "phablet" by the way? 6in??? I'll pass...

    Then pass and millions will buy! That is what is cool with android...so many sizes...colors...shapes...different tech from phone to phone...so many choices for us consumers.

    apple on the other hand tells you what to buy and offers the same bland products with no choice
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    thecolorblue , January 12, 2013 1:18 AM
    balisterPeople need to learn, Steve Jobs was not an innovator over the last 10 years, he's been an iterator. What Jobs did was take ideas for other people that were seperated across multiple products and instead combined all those ideas into a single product.

    This is correct.
    Jobs took open source software (legally) and locked it down hard. Nobody had more contempt for his customers than Steve Jobs. He was not an innovator
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    jivdis1x , January 12, 2013 1:31 AM
    The Chinese always hated the Korean. Sort of like Mexican and Puerto Rican
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    InvalidError , January 12, 2013 1:52 AM
    There would be many more visionaries if people who do have great/revolutionary ideas did not run into so many roadblocks, red tape, ridicule, disbelief, etc. trying to achieve anything with them.

    One simple reminder of this is how the MPAA/RIAA are still in denial about how broken their traditional business practices are after over a decade worth of increasingly less successful litigation. Most of the "powers that be" want to resist change, they do not want to risk having to reinvent their business model.
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    blazorthon , January 12, 2013 1:53 AM
    Octocon72otacon72 01/12/2013 3:52 AMHide-0+If he had had slammed Apple instead of Samsung people in here would be congratulating him. Bunch of hypocrites.You are a dumb and stubborn one. If someone enters the room and says 1+1=3 then people will bash him. If that person same person comes in the room and says 1+1=2, of course people will accept him. Hypocrisy has nothing to do with this. You are one of the most hateful apple trolls I have seen on tech sites. You and eric, are the worse.


    If you're going to complain, you could at least not copy the username of the member whom you're complaining about.
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    LEXX911 , January 12, 2013 1:55 AM
    Huawei is the biggest copier of the WORLD so they need to STFU.
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    scout62 , January 12, 2013 2:27 AM
    Pft...communism.
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