Google partnership with Huawei worrying US lawmakers
US lawmakers on Wednesday sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai expressing concerns regarding Huawei’s ties with the Chinese government.
The lawmakers said the strategic partnership between Google and Huawei on instant messaging, announced in January, poses serious threats to US national security and consumers.
The letter also addressed Google’s recent refusal to renew a research partnership, Project Maven, with the Department of Defense.
The project used artificial intelligence to improve the accuracy of US military targeting such as drone strikes. Google’s participation in the project elicited a strong backlash over its involvement in the project.
“We urge you to reconsider Google’s partnership with Huawei, particularly since your company recently refused to renew a key research partnership, Project Maven, with the Department of Defense,” the letter said. “While we regret that Google did not want to continue a long and fruitful tradition of collaboration between the military and technology companies, we are even more disappointed that Google apparently is more willing to support the Chinese Communist Party than the US military.”
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The letter is the latest hammer to drop on Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE, which have both long dealt with security concerns regarding their ties to the Communist Party.
AT&T and Verizon both dropped plans to sell Huawei phones after government pressure, and ZTE faced a ban preventing US businesses to work with it until President Donald Trump intervened. US intelligence officials have expressed concerns about the security of their products.
The signees include Republicans, Sen. Tom Cotton, Sen. Marco Rubio, Rep. Liz Cheney and Rep. K. Michael Conaway, and Democratic Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger.
“Congress is considering a number of bipartisan measures to address the threat posed by Huawei,” lawmakers wrote in the letter. “Over the coming months, the federal government will likely take further measures to defend US telecommunications networks from Huawei and companies like it.”
Google said it looks forward to responding to the lawmakers’ questions.
“Like many US companies, we have agreements with dozens of OEMs around the world, including Huawei,” a Google representative said. “We do not provide special access to Google user data as part of these agreements, and our agreements include privacy and security protections for user data.”
Huawei Mate X3 is the new standard of foldable phones: Huawei CEO
Huawei Mate X3 foldable will meet consumers within two days and the Consumer Business Group CEO is creating a good promotion for this phone, saying it’s the new standard of the foldable phone industry.
In a recent Weibo post, Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei CBG wrote that Huawei is always concerned about its foldable phone user experience. Therefore it continuously increased research and development investment in order to meet consumer demand and provide best-in-class devices.
The ongoing innovation in Huawei’s foldable phones includes five major innovations:
- High-end product design
- Powerful performance
- Light and thin body
- High reliability of the whole device
- Large-screen software experience
Yu further said that Huawei’s foldable screen is good and the software experience is advanced. He also showed gratitude towards all of the people who supported Huawei and raised the expectations of the company.
“Huawei Mate X3 will make a big debut, refreshing everyone’s understanding of foldable phones.” wrote Yu.
These are true words from the Huawei mobile chief and quite exciting consumers. Hence, calling Huawei Mate X3 a new standard in the foldable phone industry suits its innovative capabilities.
A few days ago, Yu gave an interview about the Huawei Mate X3, in which, he revealed a few characteristics including the lightweight design and thin body. He also told that Huawei Mate X3 will improve the communication feature.
As a past report reveals that Huawei Mate X3 will come with a second generation of satellite communication features with two-way SMS sending and receiving capability.
Earlier today, we got a leak about the specifications. Huawei Mate X3 will equip a 7.8-inch screen with 2K resolution, supports a 120Hz high refresh rate, and Kunlun glass to protect the display.
At the same time, the rear of the phone uses a 50-megapixel triple camera system. It consists of a periscope telephoto lens, supports wireless charging, and is IPX8 certified.
Specifically, the rear camera setup has an IMX766 main camera + IMX688 ultra-wide-angle + IMX351 periscope triple camera. The Mate X3 is packed with a built-in 4800mAh battery, which could recharge with 66W fast charging.
There’s only 8GB RAM for Huawei P60 series?
Huawei P60 series will have a flagship-grade processor but the company may disappoint some users with only 8GB RAM on all models including the top-end version.
According to a leak, the Huawei P60 series will likely use 8GB RAM on all of the models. Also, there’s no focus on the 12GB variant of these flagship devices.
The information shows that the Huawei P60 and P60 Pro have two specifications of 8GB + 256GB and 512GB. At the same time, the top-end Art version brings 1TB of storage. It will also be Huawei’s first ever 1TB storage version.
Other than that, Huawei P60 Series uses Kunlun glass to provide the ultimate drop-resistant capability for the entire lineup. On the other hand, the Huawei P60 Art version has only two colors – quicksand gold and azure.
Huawei P50 Pro:
The predecessor equips 8GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB/512GB of internal storage. However, there are special editions with 12GB of RAM.
Similarly, the upcoming Huawei Mate X3 is equipped with 12GB of RAM and it is possible that the Huawei P60 series will also have a special variant that will launch later on with a high RAM capacity.
A Weibo tipster says that Huawei P60 Art is the powerful P60 Ultra version and the specifications have something to do with the optimizations made to the system. Huawei gave some special plans for the Art model and we could expect more on March 23.
Huawei Nova 9 Pro refurbished phone launched
Huawei has recently listed its Huawei Nova 9 Pro refurbished smartphone model on its online store – Vmall. This will allow customers to buy this smartphone with 100% original components.
According to the information, Huawei Nova 9 Pro is currently available in two memory versions of 8GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB. These are priced at 2199 yuan and 2499 yuan respectively.
For comparison, the starting price of the new Huawei Nova 9 Pro is 3499 yuan and 3899 yuan for 128GB and 256GB models respectively. On the other hand, the refurbished device is 1300 yuan and 1400 yuan cheaper.
You should know that the Huawei nova 9 Pro official refurbished smartphone has genuine 100% original accessories. The appearance and quality are close to a brand-new unit. It uses new packaging and comes with Huawei’s official one-year warranty.
Huawei will give away a 7-day no question asked return and 15-day failure replacement. If the model is out of stock, the consumer will receive a replacement and the consumer who meets the failure replacement within 15 days will be refunded.
Huawei Nova 9 Pro:
This uniquely built phone comes with various new features and a sleek design. It sports a 6.72-inch of screen with 1.07 billion colors, an OLED display panel, 120Hz refresh rate, 300Hz touch sampling rate, and FHD+ resolution (2340×1080 pixels).
The Nova 9 Pro is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G octa-core 4G chipset with Octa-core, 4 x Cortex-A78 at 2.4 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A55 at 1.8 GHz along with Adreno 642L GPU.
It is equipped with a 50 MP Ultra Vision Camera (f/1.9 aperture), 8 MP Ultra Wide Angle Camera (f/2.2 aperture), 2 MP Depth Camera (f/2.4 aperture), and 2 MP Macro Camera (f/2.4 aperture). This camera supports various modes of photography.
On the front side, you will get a pill shape display cutout to house two cameras including a 32-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera (f/2.4 aperture) and a 32-megapixel portrait camera (f/2.0 aperture). Huawei Nova 9 Pro packs with a 4000mAh battery and the fastest 100W super fast charger.