Huawei announced what it said is “the first global commercial WAC-enabled app store and mobile phone,” available through Philippines operator Smart. The Chinese company said the solution is fully compliant with the WAC 1.0 specifications.
Announced at Congress last year, WAC is currently gaining momentum, with eight operators this week announcing they have connected to the WAC platform – in addition to Smart, supporters include China Mobile, Orange, MTS, Telefonica, Telenor, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone Group.
While Huawei and Smart’s deployment is based on the WAC 1.0 standard, the group recently announced availability of the WAC 2.0 specification, which adds support for HTML5 web applications with rich multimedia capabilities.
Haiping Che, CTO and VP of Huawei Software, said that: “Huawei is fully supportive of WAC and its vision and is committed to continue to develop and deliver the right applications development platform in alignment with WAC specifications for our member carriers and applications developers.”