India has the “best software development capabilities” according to Zhao Gang, who heads the global Honor business of Huawei. The Chinese technology major is launching its new Honor 7 smartphone in India on Wednesday with some features developed locally.
In fact, the 3000-strong Huawei R&D team in Bangalore is the company’s largest anywhere in the world. About a tenth of this team is working on the Honor brand. The Honor 7 will have an SOS feature developed by this team, which will later be available in other Honor devices.
“This feature is unique and will be completely customisable by user right from which button to use to what the panic button will stand for,” explained P Sanjeev, head of Huawei’s devices business in India.
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Zhao said a lot of the features developed in India will be rolled out for global markets, though he says a level of local customization is still needed in these markets.
“Our USP is the high technology that Huawei has. We want to use that to offer the best features for customers and improve their overall experience,” says Zhao who has just taken over the role as VP in charge of the Honor business.
However, unlike the other Chinese players entering the market, Huawei says it is still evaluating the feasibility of starting to manufacture in India.