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Besides smartphones, Huawei and ZTE have many products for network and IT infrastructure that have likely been implemented worldwide. Since early this year, however, the U.S. government has had both companies on the run due to evidence of hardware backdoors. Now, US lawmakers have backed approximately $1.9 billion to replace Huawei and ZTE’s telecom infrastructure in the US due to the backdoors posing national security concerns. In 2019, the FCC declared that both Huawei and ZTE were “companies that pose a threat to national security.” Earlier in December, the FCC affirmed this decision, stating that “Huawei poses a threat to the security and integrity of our nation’s... Read more...
It looks as though DJI could be in for some rough seas ahead as the U.S. Department of Commerce has just placed the drone maker on its dreaded Entity List. This is essentially an economic blacklist that prevent DJI from conducting business with U.S. companies due to potential threats to national security. If you recall, Huawei was also placed on the Entity List, and it practically torpedoed its smartphone business. This would represent a significant blow to DJI, as the China-based company is by far the largest producer of consumer (and commercial) drones in the world. In the United States alone, the company commands nearly 80 percent of the consumer drone market. DJI Enterprise even has... Read more...
Yesterday, Apple reported a record-breaking quarter, where it earned $64.7 billion in revenue thanks to strong Mac sales, better than expected iPad sales, and its booming Services division. However, one area that saw a significant decline was its iPhone business. Apple recorded $11.1 billion in sales in the China region during Q3 2019, but that number fell 28.9 percent to $7.9 billion. During the company’s earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook talked about the poor showing in China. "Back in April, I said we were in the most challenging environment in which Apple, as a company has ever operated," said Cook. "China is the region that was most heavily impacted by the absence of the new iPhones... Read more...
Huawei on Thursday unveiled a new flagship smartphone line, the Mate 40 series, which is set to duke it out in the luxury handset market against the likes of Samsung. One of the things that stands out about the Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro, and Mate 40 Pro+ is the circular camera pod on the back. Funky rear camera bumps are a way of life these days, and this one is somewhat reminiscent (in appearance) to the circular iPod dial from years ago. Referred to as a "Space Ring" design, it houses three or four camera sensors, depending on the model. On the base Mate 40, this consists of a 50-megapixel main camera (f/1.9 with OIS), a 16-megapixel wide-angle lens (f/2.2), and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens (f/2.4... Read more...
Huawei has been embroiled in controversy after the U.S. Government accused the company of spying for China. Since those allegations, the Chinese manufacturer has struggled with trade bans with U.S. companies. Companies such as Qualcomm, Mediatek, and TSMC have been trying to hatch trade deals so they can send parts to Huawei. Now, TSMC seems like it has secured a contract with a caveat: it cannot deliver anything outside of “mature technology.” According to the report, “mature technology” and specifics of parts are not defined. GizChina states that, “it is generally accepted that products above the 28nm node are mature,” thus eliminating the possibility... Read more...
What is Huawei willing to do to to get back into the good graces of the United States and other countries that have shunned it? A Huawei representative recently stated that the multinational company is ready to reveal its internal operations. Their goal is to assure national governments that they should not be considered a security threat. The United States government has been actively working over the last two years or so to limit Huawei's access to American companies and consumers. The government claims that Huawei is “an arm of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) surveillance state and a tool for human rights abuse.” The United Kingdom and France have so far followed the United States’... Read more...
Following the troubles with Android last year, Huawei took the wraps off their OS, HarmonyOS. Now the Chinese company is updating the OS to HarmonyOS 2 and it will be running on devices in 2021 to replace the “pirated” Android versions that they were running. At its developer conference in August 2019, Huawei announced their HarmonyOS, which was “completely different from Android and iOS.” This announcement followed Google pulling Huawei’s Android license after the U.S government blocked trade and sales to the company. Huawei’s goal with HarmonyOS was to make a seamless cross-device experience for users without relying on Android. Even though their devices... Read more...
Huawei holds the second largest share of the global smartphone market, according to the most recent data culled by IDC, but the Chinese handset maker finds itself in yet another tough spot. Barring an extension at the final hour, it is very likely both Samsung and LG will stop supplying smartphone displays to Huawei next week. Samsung and LG are pretty much the go-to companies for premium panels in the mobile space—we have been particularly enamored with the overall display quality of Samsung's higher end Galaxy phones that rock OLED screens. But if Huawei has to look elsewhere for smartphone panels, it could face multiple challenges. Why is this happening? It relates to ongoing tensions... Read more...
In August, after a long line of accusations, US companies, such as Qualcomm and MediaTek, were barred from selling to Huawei. On Friday, MediaTek stated it went to the U.S government to request permission to sell to Huawei.  Recently, Qualcomm went to request permission with the argument that MediaTek could take advantage of the situation. As it turns out, though, all these companies are on the same playing field. In fact, according to the Reuters report, analysts believe that MediaTek could take the biggest hit if they were not allowed to sell to Huawei.  Though they could be in financial rough waters, MediaTek is still respectful of the system. With the appeal to the government, they... Read more...
It has been a rather eventful year for Huawei, and not for good reasons. The company has been feeling the full effect of sanctions levied by the U.S. Government, which prevent Huawei from doing business with American companies over national security concerns.  Complicated licensing agreements mean that Huawei is even barred from working with TSMC -- the fab that produces its flagship Kirin smartphone SoCs – Synopsis, and Cadence Design Systems. Companies like Intel can’t even provide processors for use in Huawei laptops. Now the other proverbial shoe has dropped: Huawei’s temporary general license has expired, which means that customers can no longer legally receive Android/Google... Read more...
Qualcomm is reportedly imploring the United States government to let the semiconductor outfit sell its Snapdragon processors to Huawei, which would then be placed into 5G-capable handsets. As things currently stand, US companies are banned from selling parts to Huawei, which is based in China, due to national security concerns. There have been some exceptions to the ban, and Qualcomm is hoping it can join the list. In a presentation it put together on the topic, Qualcomm says the ban will not stop Huawei from obtaining parts it needs to build and sell mobile devices, but it would result in billion of US dollars being lost to rivals like MediaTek and Samsung, The Wall Street Journal reports. Qualcomm's... Read more...
Pressure worldwide continues to grow on Huawei as relationships between the company and the United States government have soured. Huawei announced this week that pressure from the United States on its suppliers had made it impossible for HiSilicon, its chipset division, to continue producing chips. The announcement came from Richard Yu, CEO of the Huawei Consumer Business Unit. Yu announced that chipset production would end during the launch for the Mate 40 headset. According to a report from Caixin, the executive said that starting on September 15, the flagship Kirin processors will no longer be produced. The company's AI-powered chips will also cease production at that time. Yu said that the... Read more...
All things considered, Qualcomm is coming off a successful quarter, even though its third quarter revenue remained flat year-over-year. No change can be considered a good thing, given that the Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the global economy and made things challenging in the technology sector (and beyond). Oh, and Qualcomm entered into a licensing deal with Huawei. That latter bit of news is the likely reason by Qualcomm's stock is on a sharp rise in early morning trading today. Shares of Qualcomm jumped 13 percent in after hours last night, and at the time of this writing, the company's stock price is up more than 11 percent, to $103.58. The company's market cap is now around $115.77 billion.... Read more...
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are hot topics in virtually all tech sectors at this moment in time. The technology is gaining traction in many industries, from massive social networks that are analyzing mountains of data, to the tiniest of IoT smart home and mobile devices. Even during our everyday workflow here at HotHardware, we currently utilize a few key AI-enabled applications to enhance our content. Further, if you’ve ever talked to a smartphone for speech-to-text messaging or for Google Assistant recommendations, AI has impacted your connected experiences as well. For those that may be unfamiliar with how machine learning and AI technologies work, we should probably... Read more...
Tensions between the United States government and China have proven a burden for Huawei, which at one point had aspirations of selling its products on domestic soil in stores like Best Buy and wireless outlets like AT&T. Those plans were crushed, and the challenges keep mounting. The latest development has the US government effectively barring TSMC from supplying semiconductors to Huawei. This comes by way of an amendment to the Entity List, which outlines specific license requirements and rules for exporting goods. According to the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Huawei has been trying to undermine US export controls, and the amendment addresses its concerns by restricting the Chinese... Read more...
Can an Android smartphone with bleeding edge hardware, fancy cameras, and high-end features be considered a flagship handset if it ships without any Google apps or access to the Play Store? Huawei certainly thinks so, and that is precisely how it is labeling its new P40 series consisting of the P40, P40 Pro, and P40 Pro+. All three models are powered by a fast Kirin 990 5G system-on-chip featuring an octa-core CPU and Mali-G76 GPU, along with an neural processing unit. On the CPU side, we are looking at two ARM Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.86GHz, another two of the same cores clocked at 2.36GHz, and four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.95GHz. Huawei P40 Pro Each phone also sports 8GB of RAM, with... Read more...
Details on the Huawei P40 and P40 Pro have turned up on Twitter from reliable gadget leaker Ishan Agarwal. According to the leaker, the Huawei P40 Pro 5G smartphone will have a Leica Ultra Vision quad-camera array on the back that includes a 50MP primary sensor, 40MP secondary sensor, 12MP sensor, and a 3D ToF sensor. The telephoto sensor has 50x SuperSensing Zoom and image stabilization. The selfie camera on the front of the phone is a 32MP unit paired with a depth sensor. The two front sensors are why the phone has such a large cutout in the display. The display will be a 6.58-inch unit with curved edges. The SoC is a Kirin 990 5G unit, but the RAM and storage are unknown at this time. Power... Read more...
The contentious relationship between the United States government and Huawei, the second largest smartphone maker in the world behind Apple, is not easing up. Just the opposite, US government officials reportedly claim to have evidence that Huawei is able to spy on users through "backdoors" installed on its mobile devices. In tech parlance, a backdoor is a method of bypassing authentication and encryption schemes. It has been a bit of a hot topic, with the U.S. government urging Apple on numerous occasions to build backdoors into iOS to make it easier for law enforcement to crack iPhone devices that are linked to criminal suspects. Apple has so far resisted, saying that such a backdoor would... Read more...
Huawei has been pounded hard over the last year as a ban imposed on it by the Trump administration saw the smartphone maker banned from the U.S., and banned from using critical software such as the Google line of apps including Gmail and others. Reports have now surfaced that claim Huawei has said that it will never go back to using Google’s apps even if the U.S. ban against it is lifted. Huawei lost access to Google apps in May of last year, and that ban holds still with recent devices like the Mate 30 series launching without Google Mobile Services. The alternative that the company is using instead is its own Huawei Mobile Services. The comment that the Chinese smartphone maker wouldn’t... Read more...
Of the two folding smartphones that were unveiled earlier this year, the Samsung Galaxy Fold perhaps got the most attention. But the Huawei Mate X was no doubt the more "attractive" offering with its outward folding design (the display is exposed even when the in the "folded" position) and sleek looks. The Mate X officially launched in China last month, but has been unavailable to purchase in other global markets. That could potentially change next year with the release of the Mate Xs. Huawei consumer business CEO Richard Yu confirmed in an interview with Frandroid that the Mate Xs will be revealed at Mobile World Congress 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. While the overall design of the smartphone... Read more...
Huawei first announced its gorgeous Mate X folding Android flagship back in late February, and it has been withheld from release since that time. A lot has happened in the past eight months, including Huawei getting the stiff-arm from the U.S. government. This has resulted in component delays and Huawei being banned from preloading Google apps onto its smartphones (along with hampering the company's licensing of Android). Despite those hiccups, Huawei announced today that the Mate X will go on sale next month; November 15th to be exact. At this point, the launch is unfortunately limited just to Huawei's home market of China.  “Our strategy is based on carriers’... Read more...
The iPhone 11 series is not even shipping to customers yet, and already Huawei is looking to make Apple's latest flagship design look outdated. How so? Huawei launched its Mate 30 series today, and the message it wanted to hammer home is how the company about rethinking the design of a premium phone, which in part includes moving on from a square rear camera matrix to a sleeker (or "exquisite," in Huawei's words) Halo Ring. "Today we bring new innovation," said Richard Yi, CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business Group. Critics of Apple often point to a lack of innovation in the post-Steve Jobs era, and while that assessment might be a bit unfair, Huawei's theme for its Mate 30 series is the opposite.... Read more...
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