Following new measures by the U.S. government aimed at cutting off Huawei's access to the global chip supply, China is said to be considering punitive and retaliatory measures against U.S. firms, including Apple, Qualcomm, Boeing, and Cisco.
The U.S. Commerce Department was set to introduce a new ban on the sale of U.S. technology to Huawei, but disagreements within the Pentagon caused it to pull that ruling. A possible new ban could be introduced next week.
A former Google exec running for Senate in Maine detailed deterioration of the company's "Don't be evil" motto and its overall corporate culture as it partnered with human rights abusers. He calls for government oversight of Google and others.
The Trump ban may have been a blessing in disguise for Huawei, at least in its native China, where the company now holds nearly half of all market share and is the only company recording growth in shipments.
If you want one of your own, you'll need to set sail for the South China Sea. Ahoy Matey! Samsung has partnered with Disney for an interesting cross-promotion for the latest film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, offering a Pirates-themed version of the Galaxy S8. As reported by Business Insider, the special-edition phone will be exclusively offered in China and will retail...
Xiaomi has launched the Mi Bunny, a $50 smartwatch aimed at children. The key feature of the watch is its ability to make and receive voice calls, made possible through an embedded pre-paid SIM card. In addition to standalone cellular connectivity, the Mi Bunny offers GPS, GLONASS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
Xiaomi has been rumored to launch a payments service in China for some time now, and the vendor has announced today that it is partnering with China UnionPay over the service. There's no mention of a timeline, but Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun told Xinhua that the service will rely on NFC
Lenovo's mobile-only sub-brand ZUK hasn't garnered much attention, but that's about to change with its latest offering, the ZUK Z2 Pro. Unveiled in China earlier today, the phone features a 2.15GHz Snapdragon 820 SoC, 6GB of RAM, 128GB storage, USB Type-C (3.1), Bluetooth 4.2, and a 3100mAh battery.
The Gionee Marathon M5 is a good enough smartphone, and despite a few misses, performs quite well for a phone at this price point. The highlight of the device – battery life – is clearly not a gimmick and a solid proposition for potential buyers.
Lenovo's head of mobile division Chen Xudong has claimed that Google is on track to launch its Play services in China this year. It's no secret that Google wishes to penetrate the Chinese market with its own online services, but now we have an official from one of Google's partners in the space who expects the company to finally end fragmentation.