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Huawei Y6P highlights Huawei’s new budget line

Includes another phone and a tablet

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Huawei has continued to make strides in the software and app availability ever since the unfortunate US ban imposed in 2019. Perhaps there’s no better way to experience it than their low-risk new budget line headlined by the Huawei Y6P.

Huawei Y6P

The Huawei Y6P is a 6.3-inch device powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762R) SoC with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Pretty much what we should expect from a budget phone in 2020. It’s also home to a 5,000mAh battery which should help with the increasingly media-centric consumption of consumers today.

By the way, the storage is expandable via a microSD card slot which sits right next to the dual nano SIM card trays.

It has a triple camera setup consisting of 13MP (f/1.8) + 5MP (f/2.2) + 2MP (f/2.4) — a combo that should allow you to shoot various scenarios like low-light, wide angle, and with bokeh effect. For selfies, this one’s equipped with an 8MP front-facing camera.

It’ll come in three colors: Midnight Black, Emerald Green, and Phantom Purple.

Huawei Y5P

The Huawei Y5P — with its 5.45-inch display — should cater to people who don’t necessarily want a bigger display and value one-handed operation. It shares the same SoC as the Huawei Y6P with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage which again is expandable via microSD card slot — a necessity for that onboard storage capacity.

For cameras it has an HDR-capable 8MP main shooter and a 5MP one for selfies.

It’s available in three colors: Midnight Black, Phantom Blue, and Mint Green.

Huawei MatePad T8

Rounding up the budget-friendly lineup is the Huawei MatePad T8. If you’re bored in the house, bored in the house, bored, this should help tide you over. Packaged primarily as an entertainment device, this tablet with an 8-inch display has an 80 percent screen-to-body ratio should provide good viewing angles.

AppGallery for all three

As per usual, these come with the AppGallery. Some of the apps that Huawei is highlighting include Viu — which is home to fantastic K-Dramas, and iFlix.

You also have access to popular apps like Facebook, Viber, and gaming ones like Plants vs Zombies and Candy Crush Mania. There’s plenty more you can explore on the AppGallery, just… look around.

Pricing and availability

Huawei Y6P — PhP 5,990
Huawei Y5P — PhP 4,490
Huawei MatePad T — PhP 5,990

Pre-order period is from May 22 to May 31. Freebies include a premium Bluetooth headset, Huawei 15GB Cloud Storage for 12 months, and a VIU premium access for three months. Huawei partnered with Lazada, Shopee, MemoXpress, Abenson, Bluelite, Silicon Valley and Aerophone for more purchase convenience.

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TikTok, Tencent linked to sexually violent ads on Facebook

Ads continue to run on platform

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Facebook has an ad problem. After spending years on the platform, you might have noticed a plethora of misplaced ads occasionally peppered on your feed. Though most users cringe at how the algorithm can uncannily show appropriate ads right after talking about a certain topic, a series of more off-putting, offensive, and disturbing ads is making the rounds on the social media platform. Now, following a deep dive, a report has found that ByteDance and Tencent are affiliated with the phenomenon.

What are these Facebook ads? In a report from Forbes’s Emily Baker-White, several web novel companies are advertising erotic content on the platform. However, more than just erotica, these ads promote sexual, violence, rape, and self-harm. Some are even using images of popular personalities without their permission.

A particularly egregious example involves a photo of a crying woman in the shower with the caption: “his personal cum bucket.” A few others are more up front about harming women to get sex.

Others depict scenes from Twilight and Star Wars, despite not being affiliated at all with the titles. Several companies and personalities contacted by Forbes confirmed that they did not give these novel apps any permission to use their likeness.

As for the deep dive, a good number of these companies were previously backed by either ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, or Tencent, one of the biggest Chinese companies in the world. While ByteDance has claimed that the apps don’t reflect their values, these ads continue to proliferate around the platform. Tencent has likewise denied any involvement with the campaigns.

It’s also worth nothing that the apps aren’t limited to just China. One app, called Pinky Novel, operates from the Philippines and is spreading similarly troubling ads everywhere, including one that says, “Raped by Mr. CEO.”

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Apple has been raided in South Korea

For alleged anti-market practices

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The troubles for Apple will continue. After spending a length of time fighting investigations all over the world for alleged anti-competition practices, the company’s offices in South Korea have been raided by authorities to further the investigation in the country.

Covered by Foss Patents (via MacRumors), the Korea Fair Trade Commission conducted a raid on the offices at the break of dawn. Authorities reportedly staged the raid after a developer complained of an unfair commission rate. According to the complaint, developers are paying more than 30 percent commission for having their apps on the App Store.

For a rougher breakdown, Apple still charges 30 percent. However, the commission includes VAT, which spikes the total fees paid above 30 percent. In contrast, Google’s 30 percent commission policy does not include VAT, which makes for a lower fee for developers.

With the number of apps on the App Store, Apple is making significant bank by skimming a bit more on commissions. That is, if the allegations prove true, of course. Right now, the company is still under investigation. But, if anything, a dawn raid isn’t a good sign for the iPhone maker.

Apple isn’t the only one in hot water, though. Google is also facing a similar controversy in South Korea. However, instead of the Korea Fair Trade Commission, the Kora Communications Commission is pushing for more parity between Google and Apple.

SEE ALSO: South Korea investigating Apple and Google for app payments

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Android users can react to SMS messages from iPhones soon

While simultaneously annoying iPhone users

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One of the most unexpected small developments this year is the war of the green bubble. For a while now, Apple has kept Android users inside a green text bubble. If an Android user texts an iOS user, an iPhone conveniently lets its user know that someone is texting them from — gasp — an Android phone. Now, Google, in the next step of its crusade against the green bubble, is running a similar experiment of its own.

Recently, as spotted by Reddit user u/Jabjab345 (via GSMArena), Google is testing a new feature for Android users. In a beta version, users can start reacting to SMS messages from an iPhone. Of course, much like how it is from the other way around, there is a little hiccup.

In most web-based messaging services, reactions are often tiny bubbles attached to one corner of the message. However, since iOS and Android use different systems, it doesn’t work that way between the two platforms. Instead, if an iOS user reacts to an Android user’s message, users get a separate message with the emoji reaction. Now (or after the beta, at least), Android will treat iOS in the same way, sending iOS users a separate message for reactions.

Right now, the feature is still in beta. However, an implementation is par for the course. Previously, Google threw some shade at Apple for not adopting the system that the former uses. In retaliation, Tim Cook recently told a user to just buy their mom an iPhone if texting was such an issue.

SEE ALSO: Apple on adopting Android’s features: Just ‘buy your mom an iPhone’

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