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US government is pressuring other countries to ban Huawei

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The hits keep on coming. Despite a blockbuster month, Huawei’s luck has just been lacking. Throughout October and November, the smartphone company has found an increasing number of detractors all over the world. Compared to the brand’s usual critics, these detractors have the power to completely hinder Huawei’s global advance.

Earlier this year, the US government lambasted the company for placing the country’s cybersecurity at risk. Along with ZTE, Huawei went through a roller coaster of emotions and varying verdicts. After the conflict’s initial resolution, the hatchet was seemingly buried.

Surprisingly, a few weeks ago, other countries joined in on the act. Australia, Germany, Japan, and the UK are all considering similar bans in the future.

Now, after smelling blood in the water, the United States have rescinded their forgiving nature. Instead of standing by their compromise months earlier, the government is back on the hunt.

Based on a report by the Wall Street Journal, US officials have contacted allied countries about Huawei. These countries include Germany, Italy, and Japan. Supposedly, all conversations have encouraged these countries to ban the company outright. The government has even gone so far as to consider financial incentives to complying nations.

Of course, the concerned country still has a stake in all this. The US government has military bases installed on all contacted countries. The US is still firmly concerned about its own national security.

For Huawei, the recent push for banning couldn’t have come at a worse time. Currently, the company has been planning a major expansion in 5G networking. In its infancy, 5G technology is ripe for the picking. Companies are on an arms race to launch the first 5G network. On the other hand, countries are concerned about giving the future of networking to China.

Whatever the future of 5G will become, it’s now in the hands of a hugely political system.

SEE ALSO: Huawei reveals its foldable, 5G-ready smartphone prototype

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Qualcomm tipped to launch Snapdragon 775 this month

5G for the midrange

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As expected, the ongoing chip race is heating up. Headlined by Qualcomm and Samsung’s Exynos, the chipset industry has made aggressive pushes towards expansive product lineups, especially in the 5G arena. However, now that the flagship segment has enjoyed its time under the spotlight, it’s time for the midrange to step up. According to a new leak, Qualcomm is gearing up for a Snapdragon 775 launch sometime this month.

Through a leaked internal presentation, Qualcomm has inadvertently revealed the successor to its midrange Snapdragon 765 series. Based on the document, the Snapdragon 775 series — composed of the regular 775 and 775G — will round out Qualcomm’s chipset offerings for the year.

As expected, the series will come in the emerging 5nm architecture. It will also sport 5G and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity. Unfortunately, the leak does not reveal what type of power the chipset will put out. The document merely hints at a Kryo 6xx CPU. In terms of camera, the chipset can power three 28-megapixel cameras at the same time. It can also support a 64-megapixel + 20-megapixel camera combination at 30fps. If configured right, it can also support 4K resolution, 60fps video shooting.

According to the leak, the series will launch sometime before the end of the month. Its predecessor, the Snapdragon 765 does need a much-deserved upgrade. Once it launches, the Snapdragon 775 will likely power the next generation of midrange handsets. However, the chipset’s name is not set in stone yet. Notably, the new Snapdragon 888 series skipped its predecessor’s naming conventions for an entirely new one. The unlaunched midrange chipset could follow suit.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm announced Snapdragon Sound for hi-fi wireless audio

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OPPO is now the number one Chinese smartphone brand

Overtaking Huawei

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Because of the past few years, Huawei’s former dominance atop the smartphone rankings has drastically collapsed. Already, Huawei has already lost its lead as the world’s bestselling smartphone brand. Naturally, Huawei’s woes aren’t over, especially since the new Biden administration will likely keep the previous one’s anti-China bans. Now, Huawei’s fall is even worse. OPPO has overtaken Huawei as the number one Chinese smartphone brand.

Reported by Counterpoint Research, OPPO has captured 21 percent of the smartphone market in China. Vivo takes second place with 20 percent of the market. Meanwhile, Huawei, Apple, and Xiaomi share the third sport with only 16 percent of the market apiece. Since Huawei’s decline, competing Chinese smartphones has rushed in to fill the power vacuum. Likewise, especially with the Reno series, OPPO has rapidly expanded across the board.

Contributing to its downward spiral, Huawei has successfully sold off its sub-brand Honor recently. Though Huawei has certainly suffered from the sale, Honor’s emancipation enabled it to survive America’s bans and thrive on its own. The current rankings have stopped lumping Huawei and Honor into the same spot.

Besides being the top Chinese smartphone brand, OPPO is also the second bestselling 5G smartphone brand in China. Back in 2020, 65 percent of all smartphone sales were 5G-compatible.

SEE ALSO: OPPO Find X3 Pro coming soon

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Alphabet’s Wolverine can isolate voices in a crowded room

Google has not confirmed the device

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Do you miss going to concerts? Though raving with a crowd has always been fun, one thing we don’t miss is not hearing what your friends are saying amid the loud music. Fortunately, audio technology is ramping up how humans hear things. According to a report, Alphabet is developing a wearable called Wolverine that can isolate voices in a crowded room.

Based on a report from Business Insider, Alphabet’s X, the company’s moonshot lab, is secretly developing the wearable behind closed doors. Supposedly, the upcoming wearable can pick out a specific voice in a crowded room and amplify it for the wearable. Ideally, it can help you talk to other people in a crowded room — provided both parties are wearing the same wearable, of course.

Unfortunately, the report has not revealed how the device specifically look like or work. Further, the company has not confirmed anything about the wearable’s development. Likewise, we don’t know if it’s a consumer device or a more professional one. The technology is also useful for producers and performers during a show.

Regardless, the Wolverine concept is a unique and useful one, especially for hanging out with friends in a crowded setting like in a concert or a convention. Obviously, the technology comes at an interesting time when the world is still hoping to bounce back from the socially distant pandemic.

SEE ALSO: Google completes acquisition of Fitbit despite antitrust probes

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