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Samsung will likely provide Huawei P30’s AMOLED screens

And the P30 Pro, too

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Everyone loves a great rivalry. In the smartphone industry, rivalries come in spades. Someone is always feuding with someone else. For example, Apple is currently in a game of wits against Qualcomm. Despite the abundance of feuds, smartphone makers always depend on other companies for various components. Samsung, for one, is a constant source for smartphone displays.

Like other companies, Huawei will likely hire Samsung for its future smartphones. According to a verified Weibo source, the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro will buy AMOLED and OLED screens, respectively, from Samsung. The Korean company will be the sole supplier for Huawei.

The same report claims that the Mate 30 series will likely do the same. Regardless, the Mate 30 series is still quite a distance away. Samsung-sourced P30 and P30 Pro displays are likelier at this point.

The switch is only a slight surprise from Huawei. Previously, the Mate 20 series bought its displays from both BOE and LG. On launch, several units came with flawed screens. Switching to a solitary supplier will ensure better quality control and accountability. Further, Samsung is one of the largest OLED providers in the market.

Funny enough, Samsung has recently thrown some subtle shade at Huawei. Last year, Samsung’s DJ Koh claimed that the Galaxy S10 will look better than the Huawei P20. Huawei’s latest move is ironic, to say the least.

Regardless, Huawei is currently riding a wave of hype, drawing from the P30 Pro’s periscope camera. The much-awaited flagship series will launch on March 26 in Paris.

SEE ALSO: Samsung might provide foldable screens to Apple

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OPPO wants to build its own chipsets, hires talent from MediaTek

Also trying to tap Qualcomm and Huawei talent

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In the last few years, the US war against Huawei has ramped up considerably with no end in sight. However, though the crackdown was against only a few Chinese companies, other seemingly innocent companies have found themselves just as affected as Huawei. For one, American companies, like Google and Qualcomm, have to deal with the loss of a valued client. On the other side of the Pacific, other Chinese companies are also feeling the heat from Huawei’s troubles.

For example, OPPO has started developing its own processors in the wake of Huawei’s chip problem. Last year, the Chinese company filed a new trademark — named the OPPO M1 — through the European Union Intellectual Property Office, according to LetsGoDigital. Presumably, the new property corresponded to an upcoming in-house processor. However, the M1 has since faded into oblivion.

Today, according to Nikkei Asian Review, OPPO has not abandoned its processor project. In fact, the company has started ramping up its efforts for an in-house chip. “OPPO has been aggressively recruiting chip talent since last year as they realized that owning the chip design capability will give it more control over its supply chain,” Nikkei’s source said.

OPPO has reportedly acquired high-ranking executives from MediaTek including a former executive for Xiaomi. Further, the company has tried tapping developers from Qualcomm and Huawei’s HiSilicon.

Much like Huawei’s efforts, OPPO’s aggressive hiring aims to build a team for in-house development. Currently, OPPO still relies on third-party suppliers to build its phones like Qualcomm and MediaTek. With Huawei being attacked on all fronts, OPPO is in as much risk if the US implements a wider ban against Chinese companies. Recently, the US wants to take away Huawei’s ability to make its own in-house chips.

SEE ALSO: OPPO Reno4, Reno4 Pro specs and official renders leaked

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Zuckerberg: social media ‘shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth’

Reacting to Twitter fact-checking Trump

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A few days ago, Twitter acted out against misinformation in US President Donald Trump’s recent tweets about mail-in ballot voting. The monumental policing is the first time that the social media platform moderated the president’s tweets, especially since Trump favors the platform for his public communication. However, it was not unprecedented. As of late, Twitter has implemented more stringent fact-checking protocols to ensure absolute accuracy.

Naturally, the Trump administration retaliated against what they perceived as censorship. Since the moderation, the president has started pondering on measure to regulate social media in general. Though Twitter is the main target, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg had his own words to say about the raging debate.

In an interview with Fox News, Zuckerberg went against Twitter’s new moderation policies. “I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online,” he said. “Private companies shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”

True enough, Facebook does not have the same fact-checking protocols as Twitter. Zuckerberg believes that every politician should have the same platform as everyone else. At the very least, the platform moderates content in a reactionary fashion using its own terms of service.

Regardless, Trump’s rage against Twitter has lumped all of social media together including Facebook. In this sense, Zuckerberg is also going against Trump’s war. “In general, a government choosing to censor a platform doesn’t strike me as the right reflex,” he said. Further, he defends Facebook as a robust platform against oppressive and harmful content.

Since the rise of cybersecurity in public awareness, Facebook has always found itself in a diminished position owing to massive controversies surrounding its data policies. Given the aggressiveness of the latest Trump-Twitter debate, Zuckerberg is taking a more cautious approach to draw the flak away from Facebook.

In Twitter’s defense, Jack Dorsey has drawn all of the debate’s rage on himself. In a recent tweet, Dorsey calls Trump’s supporters to stop blaming Twitter’s employees; instead, they should get mad at him for implementing the new policy.

SEE ALSO: Facebook is adding a new care reaction to the Like button

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Samsung Galaxy M31: Price, availability in the Philippines

What a monster budget phone!

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Samsung’s monster budget phone is finding its way to the Southeast Asian archipelago. Placed in the affordable segment, the Samsung Galaxy M31 will rival Redmi and realme’s budget offerings.

This new midrange headliner has a 6,000mAh mega battery that supports 15W fast charging via USB-C. It’s also equipped with a quad camera setup: 64-megapixel primary lens, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel macro sensor, and a 5-megapixel portrait camera. There’s a 32-megapixel selfie camera housed in a punch-hole cutout, too.

The Galaxy M31 sports a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-U display with Full HD+ resolution, built with a polycarbonate plastic body. It’s powered by an Exynos 9611 chipset, with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage — expandable up to 512GB via MicroSD. Lastly, the phone runs on OneUI 2.0 and Android 10 out of the box.

The Galaxy M31 costs PhP 13,990 (US$ 276). It will be available in two colors: Blue and Black.

Grab this exclusive, one-day offer!

You can get lots of freebies when you avail Samsung’s exclusive one-day offer for the Galaxy M31. On May 29, 2020, customers can get a free JBL Clip 3 speakers worth PhP 3,499 when they purchase the Galaxy M31 on Samsung’s Online Store. If the customers opt to buy from online partner stores like Lazada, Shopee, and MXMemoxpress Online, they’ll get a free JBL Go 2 speakers worth PhP 2,299.

To shop, simply go to www.samsung.com/ph/.

SEE ALSO: Samsung launches online Store in the Philippines

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