Health and safety concerns caused by the coronavirus strain have raised issues for the MWC in Barcelona. As more companies drop out, questions about the viability of the show as a whole have been raised.
Google is disabling RCS chat for users who enabled it using a hack discovered in late 2019. While it only works in a handful of countries at the moment, the firm continues to work on bringing the feature worldwide to all regions as soon as it can.
Spotify is currently down for some people as users report issues accessing their account and the Spotify website in general over the past hour. The outage seems to be localized to parts of Europe, including the UK.
China's ambassador to the U.K. in comments made on the BBC argued that the concern against Huawei's deployment of 5G was simply a witch hunt driven by its nature as a Chinese company. The country's embassy in Paris also expressed concerns that European telecoms companies may be affected as a result.
The Google Pixel 4a will most certainly have a Snapdragon 730 processor powering it. This means there'll be no 5G, at least, in one variant. Rumors have indicated that as many as three 4a variants could be launching, but only definitive evidence of one has emerged.
Google Stadia's free tier is ready to launch in the next few months, according to a Google exec. The gaming service previously launched with a $10 a month subscription after a $130 hardware purchase late in 2019.
DuckDuckGo, winner of Google's search auction in the EU, thinks the firm's options are too limited. It argues that Google should redesign the search choice screen to showcase more options from smaller search engines.
Google is testing a new feature flag that would let Progressive Web Apps automatically launch upon startup. The feature was initially developed by Microsoft's Edge team and merged with the Chromium codebase.
The EU will not block Huawei equipment from member states' 5G networks. Instead, it has opted for a limited approach aimed at threat mitigation, urging member states to not rely on high-risk suppliers.