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Ericsson is defending Huawei against the global ban

For the spirit of competition

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Huawei is still banned everywhere. Though the company’s consumer products are slowly recuperating, Huawei’s 5G projects are still in danger. Amid the gaps, other companies, like Nokia and Ericsson, have emerged as worthy rivals for the Chinese company. Naturally, you wouldn’t expect a rival complaining about their current circumstances. However, despite their clear advantage, Ericsson is defending Huawei against the global ban.

As reported by the Financial Times, the Sweden-based company is siding with the Chinese company in the former’s own hometown. Ericsson’s CEO, Borje Ekholm, rallied for free competition and trade. He said that Huawei’s ban will ultimately hinder business and new technology in Sweden.

Further, he claims that the Sweden’s ban goes against the European Union’s more generalized rulings to exclude bans against specific companies.

Currently, Huawei and fellow Chinese company ZTE are banned from building 5G infrastructure in Sweden. Any existing telco still using Chinese hardware must phase them out by 2025. Without its biggest rival, Ericsson enjoys an undeniable advantage in its home country.

However, according to the report, Huawei’s ban, and subsequent defense in the courts, is prolonging the finalization of a proper 5G network in the country. And it’s happening everywhere. As Huawei continues to defend its position all over the world, most 5G companies can’t easily move on toward their own projects.

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Qualcomm reportedly launching a new Snapdragon 700 chip soon

To fight against the Exynos 1080

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When the Snapdragon 888 launched earlier this week, a lot of people were surprised. Most industry watchers were expecting the Snapdragon 875, as per Qualcomm’s usual naming scheme. However, much like the chipset’s specs, the Snapdragon 888’s name teases good things to come for next year’s flagships. Apparently, we’re not done. Qualcomm is reportedly launching a new Snapdragon 700 chipset to compete against the Exynos 1080.

Leaked on Weibo, the upcoming processor will occupy an upper-midrange slot that was conveniently missing from this week’s big event. According to the leak, the chipset will debut sometime within the first quarter of 2021. Most importantly, new smartphones with the processor will ship immediately after the debut.

Though the leaker did not reveal a lot of details, the new Snapdragon 700 series will supposedly go one-on-one with Samsung’s Exynos 1080 chipset. If this is true, Samsung’s and Qualcomm’s new lineups are strangely positioned. For one, the natural assumption is that the Snapdragon 888 will compare against the Exynos 1080, matching flagship against flagship.

With a potentially strange discrepancy, either the Exynos 1080 won’t perform like a flagship or the Samsung hasn’t announced next year’s flagship Exynos yet. Either way, next year’s processor lineups are shaping up into new and surprising levels of excitement. Already, several smartphone makers are already committing resources towards the newly announced chipsets from both Qualcomm and Samsung.

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Enterprise giant Salesforce acquires Slack for $27.7 billion

Salesforce’s biggest purchase in the 21st century

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Business software pioneer Salesforce is buying work-chatting service Slack for US$ 27.7 billion. The acquisition of Slack is being hailed as Salesforce’s biggest purchase in the 21st century.

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has said that together the two companies will shape the future of enterprise software. Salesforce has a robust unified platform for businesses to connect with their employees, customers, and partners, making it a perfect match for Slack.

The deal comes as the communication platform struggles to fully capitalize on the Coronavirus pandemic. With remote working becoming the new norm, the demand for enterprise communication apps has skyrocketed.

It faces a lot of competition from Microsoft Teams, which is deeply connected with Office and Outlook. Even Facebook and Google joined the race. However, their solutions lacked deep integration with other enterprise modules.

Slack was founded as a gaming company in 2009 in Canada but it soon emerged as the widely used workplace messaging app. It focused on real-time communication, giving teams the option to rely on an instant messaging app over email.

Details of the sale

According to the acquisition terms, Slack shareholders will receive US$ 26.79 in cash and 0.0776 shares of Salesforce common stock for each Slack share or US$ 45.5 per share based on Salesforce’s closing price on Tuesday.

Salesforce was the first company in the world to widely adopt the SaaS (Software as a Service) model, and it has worked wonders. The company was also among the first to leverage the cloud computing trend. It designed its entire systems around a decentralized hub that can be accessed remotely from any device, anywhere.

If the deal goes through as planned, Salesforce hopes to control Slack sometime from May to July 2021.

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Xiaomi overtakes Apple as third-best smartphone seller

Improves over last year’s performance

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Since Huawei’s struggles throughout the past year, the rise of other Chinese companies became inevitable. Now, we finally have proof. Fresh from a successful run, Xiaomi has overtaken Apple as the third-best smartphone seller during the third quarter of 2020.

As estimated by Gartner, Xiaomi bagged 44.4 million smartphone sales in the previous quarter. For reference, the Chinese company sold only 32.9 million smartphones in the third quarter of 2019, marking a huge increase from last year’s performance.

As a result, Xiaomi moved from fourth place to third place in Garter’s rankings. The company edged out Apple, who sold only 40.6 million smartphones in the same period. While Apple holds on to 11.1 percent market share, Xiaomi will now enjoy 12.1 percent of the total market.

Besides Xiaomi, Huawei was another big mover — at least in terms of units sold. Compared to an impressive 65.8 million smartphones sold in the third quarter of 2019, the struggling company fell to only 51.8 million units sold. Albeit still impressive, Huawei is now farther away from the top spot occupied by Samsung’s 80.8 million smartphones sold.

Speaking of which, the South Korean company moved almost 2 million more units from the previous year. Now, Samsung holds on to 22.0 percent of the market share.

In other news, OPPO, another Chinese rival to Huawei, slightly performed less this year: selling 29.9 million smartphones (compared to 30.6 million units last year) for the fifth spot below Apple.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi launches 5000mAh ZMI Power Bank, it’ll also warm your hands

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