Huawei Technologies is aiming to bring touch-free smartphones and more inexpensive cloud storage to users, as the company boosts its research and development spending in order to bring “disruptive” technologies that will alter the market landscape.
“We are focused on disruptive technology and taking interesting ideas and turning them into something exciting,” said John Roese, general manager for Huawei’s North American research and develop center, on Friday.
The China-based company is best known as a supplier of telecommunication equipment. But the firm has been ambitiously expanding into both the consumer and enterprise sides of the technology business, aiming to provide products including Huawei branded smartphones, tablets along with servers and cloud computing offerings.
Last year, the company spent US$3.76 billion on research and development, resulting in 11,000 new employees hired for the company’s R&D efforts. For this year, Huawei’s R&D spending is expected to grow by 20 percent to about $4.5 billion.