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The stock for Chinese tech firm Huawei soared as reports flutter that the Trump Administration has walked back its ban on Huawei.
For those who are not aware, it was just two weeks ago the company appeared to be on the ropes. Google had removed Huawei from its Android partner program meaning the smart phone maker will not have access to “proprietary apps and services from Google…” but that “Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices,”
Future versions of Huawei smartphones that run on Android will also lose access to popular services, including the Google Play Store and Gmail and YouTube apps.
Xiaomi, the tech giant known mostly in China, has a large imprint in a country many call the fastest growing economy.
Due to the frosty relationship between Washington and Beijing as well as past difficulties gaining a foothold in Europe, the Chinese tech giant has decided to go all in and release one of its newest flagship phones, the Redmi K20 Pro, in India.
The viral marketing campaign is out in force having released photos on social media calling the k20 Pro the “world’s fastest phone”.
The Pro is the successor to the K20 which was released in China last year. Both will be available at the same time in India, but no release date was available at the time of this article.
The ongoing fight in the United States vs China has xiaomi-tech news focus less on the Chinese tech giant Xiaomi. I suspect that will change once the two countries work out their differences.
In a future blog I will update readers on tech giant Huawei, who has recently had a number of setbacks since the US government banned the company from doing business in the US.
But for now all the tech news was focused squarely on Apple.
Mac held its yearly Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose on Monday and tossed a great deal of new stuff at us, including a Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR, iOS 13 witha dark mode, MacOS Catalina, a working framework only for the iPad called iPadOS and new highlights for Watch fans.
Apple had a bunch of protection and security changes woven all through the entire presentation. I trust these were reported, to a limited extent, as a safeguard to the ongoing Supreme Court deciding that customers were allowed to sue Apple for supposed antitrust charges.
It is not necessarily the case that Apple's protection and security improvements in its new emphases of iOS 13 and MacOS (Catalina)are not part of an authentic worry for customers, yet I nearly got the feeling that these updates were a piece of a resistance of Apple's environment approach.
Using a closed system approach Apple seems to be criticizing their chief competitor Android arguing, being the sole provider of apps for the iOS ecosystem “…can protect customers from piracy and security related problems with their mobile and PC devices.” The statements seems to imply Google cannot provide the same level of security because they offer an open system.
But at the end of the day the real concern is Apple’s bottom line. Money.
Mobile phones are everywhere you look nowadays. Almost everyone carries a phone and they cannot live without it.
Whether it’s an iPhone by Apple or a Galaxy 9 by Samsung or a Mi Mix2 by Xiaomi one of the most important things one must do is maintain an good charge on the smartphone.
Business Insider’s Jim Edwards reports on a trio of research and analysis firms Nomura, Longbow Research and Bernstein.
All have lowered sales projections for the iPhone X due to poor sales performance they say might be caused by the high price point.
Longbow predicts sales estimates to be 2%, a percent below what was expected.
It was only four months ago, at the launch of iPhone X, that Apple was claiming demand has been “off the charts” (but failed to release any pre-order numbers).
The flagship phone features premium parts like the bezel less edge, 5.8 inch OLED multi touch display, back facing camera (12MP) and front facing camera (7MP), wireless charging, water proof, face id unlocking and more.
But now, Longbow Research reports Apple’s Asian supply chain believes the iPhone X was not selling well.