U.S. intelligence agencies are still warning against buying Huawei and ZTE phones

Brian Heater, writing for TechCrunch;

Things are still looking pretty bleak for Huawei’s plans to conquer the U.S. market. Earlier this week, half a dozen top members of intelligence agencies, including the FBI, CIA and NSA reaffirmed surveillance concerns about the company and fellow Chinese smartphone maker ZTE.

All of this is nothing new, of course. The companies’ troubles date back at least as far back as 2012, when a House Intelligence Committee cited both as a potential security risks over close ties to the Chinese government. The following year, they were both barred from selling product to the U.S. government.

This is the first time that U.S. intelligence agencies issue warning in buying and using Chinese-made smartphones. I wonder what will be China’s response regarding this allegation? Will they hit back by going after US companies?

Nokia 3310 3G announced

Nokia 3310 3G Specs;

  • 2.4″ QVGA display
  • OS written in Java
  • 64 MB storage expandable up to 32GB via SD card
  • 3G Dual band 900/1800 MHz +3G Band 1 and 8
  • (Single-SIM) Quad band GSM 850/900/1800/1900 + 3G Band 1, 2, 5, 8
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • Micro-USB
  • 3.5 mm AV connector
  • FM radio, MP3 player
  • 2MP rear camera with LED flash
  • Dimension: 117 x 52.4 x 13.35mm
  • Weight: 84.9g (single SIM) / 88.2g (dual SIM)
  • 1200mAh battery
  • Colors Azure, Yellow, Warm Red, Charcoal
  • SRP: €69 or around Php 4,200.
  • Availability by the end of October 2017.

Source: Extra

Google to buy part of HTC smartphone team – namely the Pixel team — for US$1.1B

Yon Heong Tung, writing for e27;

Google has announced it will spend US$1.1 billion to acquire part of HTC’s smartphone division. This will include many employees who are currently developing Google’s Pixel line of smartphones.

As part of the agreement, Google will get a non-exclusive license to HTC’s intellectual property.

Unlike with the Motorola deal, where Google is more interested in Motorola’s patent portfolio, this appears to more of an “acqui-hire”, for the search giant to get designers and hardware engineers for their own smartphones.

It’s a step closer for Google to be more like Apple, where they control both the hardware and software of their smartphones.

Samsung Sees Its Best Note Preorders with the New Galaxy Note8

Samsung;

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced today that more people in the U.S. have purchased the Galaxy Note8 than previous Samsung Note phones during the same time period. Introduced on August 23, the Galaxy Note8 — featuring the largest ever screen in a Note device, an enhanced S Pen1, and the world’s first smartphone with two 12MP rear cameras with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) on both the wide-angle and telephoto lenses — will be available in stores on September 15.

Credit to Samsung for keeping the brand alive!