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

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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  • Soda-88
    Dear Richard Yu, stop trolling please.
    That and Steve Jobs' patenting.
  • balister
    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.
  • Shin-san
    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.

    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.
  • abbadon_34
    What self serving crap. "you all suck we are the best" give me a break
  • omnimodis78
    Could someone please slap all these Chinese wannabe companies on the face and tell them to get back to the back of the line. Everything they know, they stole - they reverse engineered everything, not even the "acceptable" way, but straight up stole trade secrets and copied them without any regard for international laws. Show me one single electronic device, one single manufacturing process, one single effective business practice that is originally Chinese. What have the Chinese given the West that improved on anything. They import European, Canadian and American engineers to train their "experts" at everything - EVERYTHING - because simple ideas, concepts, they simply can't materialize. Pretty much same thing goes for South Korea and Taiwan, but at least they invest in R&D and they perfected manufacturing processes. Japan, of course, is king.
  • vaughn2k
    who wants a "phablet" by the way? 6in??? I'll pass...
  • bystander
    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.
  • CDdude55
    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.