Huawei to make Symbian, Android smartphones in 2009

Huawei will enter into the smartphone market in the first half of 2009, and plans on producing devices running on the Symbian OS and Google's Android platform.

The Chinese equipment maker did not disclose details on the models it plans to produce or even how many phones it will be launching, but confirmed it would be working with Symbian and Android.

"Windows Mobile is already well supported by a number of software developers, but with Android and Symbian we can demonstrate our own customisable software and services," James Chen, director of marketing at Huawei Terminals Business, said at a briefing in Shenzhen this week.

Huawei has said it plans on launching in North America in the next five years.

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