What has Huawei been doing for VR?

China’s largest smartphone maker Huawei held its 13th annual Global Analyst Summit on Monday. Notably, virtual reality came first among the opening topics.

“A perfect virtual reality (VR) experience requires a processing speed of 5.2Gbit/s and a time delay of 20ms, at most,” said William Xu, the chief strategy marketing officer of Huawei, at the summit.

William Xu
William Xu, chief strategy marketing officer of Huawei. Photo from network.chinabyte.com

According to an analysis by Chinese business information platform Huxiu.com on Monday, Huawei is unlikely to make its own VR headsets. However, it can provide technological support in the form of an ultra-wideband and zero-latency network to help VR users get a real sense of immersion. Right now, bandwidth and time delay are the pain points for VR providers, and Huawei is helping to solve these problems.

Huawei has made a difference in the VR field in three ways. They have introduced a system to measure user experience called U-vMOS, which has been recognized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Huawei has helped Scandinavian telecom operator TeliaSonera launch the world’s first 4.5G mobile network, and it has also improved network connectivity using cloud-based solutions.

Research and development (R&D) has always been one of Huawei’s main points of focus. According to the company’s 2015 annual report, Huawei invested RMB 59.6 billion in R&D in 2015, a 46.1% YoY increase.

VR has become a hot topic across the globe in 2016. International VR giants including Oculus, Sony and Google have already been in the market for a while. Many new VR companies have emerged in China including DeePoon, ANTVR and 3Glasses.

(Top photo from hrloo.com)

AllTechAsia Staff

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