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Huawei Bets on Google Brand, Low-End Smartphone in Europe Push

Huawei Technologies Co., China’s largest phone-equipment maker, is betting Google Inc. branding and smartphones targeting the lower end of the market will build its sales in Europe.

Huawei’s unveiling yesterday of a 99 pound ($152) Google-branded smartphone will help the company grab market share in Europe, Tim Watkins, the company’s western Europe vice president, said in an interview in London. Huawei hasn’t yet named the operators who will first offer the Ideos phone, which carries a Google logo and doubles as a portable wireless Internet hotspot.