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Huawei’s Android Ban will not Affect Existing Users, Android Confirms!

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Huawei is in a huge turmoil and latest developments indicates that the chinese tech giant will be facing a harsh season ahead. Huawei is one of the most valued smartphone company in the world, with second place in worldwide smartphone sales.

Apart from this Huawei is also a forerunner in manufacturing telecom servers and is one of the leading forces behind the 5G adoption. But developments that happened a few months ago revealed Huawei’s smartphones and telecom equipment are potentially being used for espionage for the chinese government.

As a result of it, Trump administration in US has passed an executive order to bar companies in US from providing materials to Huawei, along with the restriction on using Huawei products. While the tech giant made clear that they have enough stock to continue production, Google has stepped forward and declared that they will suspend huawei’s android support.

Google‘s move has put the company under tremendous pressure since they wont be able to use Google Playstore and Play services in Huawei smartphones from now on. It also means that existing Huawei users will not be getting any android or security updates from now on. While Huawei will still have access to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), Google will not lend any support to the company in hardware or software developments.

Huawei has finally broken the silence on the issue by making the following statement:

Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry. Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally. We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.

As the turmoil continues, sources reveals that Huawei has been working on it’s own OS foreseeing this situation for a few years, and will be rolling out the upcoming devices with this OS. At the same time, reports suggests that Intel and Qualcomm will be following Google’s steps and will stop providing chips to Huawei. However, this will not be a major blow to the chinese tech giant, since they have their own HiSilicon chipset which are already deployed in several devices.

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Another reports reveals that Taiwan has followed the steps of US government and has restricted the use of Huawei telecom servers amidst fear of espionage activities. The new events will surely make a huge negative impact in the overall business of Huawei worldwide.

And this is the official statement from Android regarding the situation explaining that the ban wouldn’t affect the existing Huawei/Honor devices:

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Huawei moves to trademark Hongmeng US. Already in testing by Tencent, Xiaomi, Oppo & Tencent!

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The recent US move to blacklist Huawei Technologies Co. could backfire on US firms. Many manufacturers like Google, Qualcomm, and even Facebook has cut ties with the Chinese manufacturer.  After the ban, the company claimed that its own OS has been in the works for years. Huawei is reportedly moving to trademark the name of the operating system “HongMeng” in Peru. Not only that, it is already being tested by major Chinese companies like Tencent, Xiaomi and OPPO.

According to a report from the Chinese newspaper Global Times, Huawei’s upcoming HongMeng OS is being tested by major Chinese companies. The newspaper which cites a source “close to a major Chinese carrier” said that major Chinese manufacturers “are actively working with Huawei to push forward the release of HongMeng OS, which also considered a major blow to the US-led crackdown”.

The US ban targeting a Chinese manufacturer may have created an opportunity for the manufacturers in the east to come together and make a common OS platform. This could largely affect the revenues of Android, which is owned by Google. Earlier this week, Huawei reportedly began inviting Google Play Store developers to publish their own apps on its own AppGalley app store. Now a trademark application for HongMeng was filed with Peru’s National Institute for the Defence of Free Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property (Indecopi) on May 27, as reported by Reuters.

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As for HongMeng OS, the previous report claims that the new operating system is 60% faster than Android, which falls in the line with the previous claim by Huawei’s head of the smartphone’s business Richard Yu. There is no official report about HongMeng OS being tested by other manufacturers, and could simply be a PR battle between the US and China. But there is no doubt Huawei is moving ahead with its own smartphone OS, which doesn’t look good for Google from a business standpoint.
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Asus cannot use Zenfone or Zen brand names in India!

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ASUS announced the refreshed Zenfone Max series last year that aims to provide premium features along with a bigger battery while keeping the price at bay. Other ASUS Zenfone branded smartphones like the Zenfone Max Pro M2, Zenfone Max M2 and the older Zenfone Max Pro M1 feared really well in the Indian market. However, the future seems to be bleak for the series with a ruling against ASUS prohibiting them from selling smartphones or accessories under the Zenfone branding in India.

Telecare Network India Pvt Limited filed a plaintiff against ASUS claiming the Zen and Zen Mobiles are their own. The company sells both feature phones and entry-level phones and previously sold tablets also. It claims that the uses of a similar branding by a competitor is damaging and can create confusion among customers. Delhi High court found the argument reasonable and banned ASUS from selling any smartphone, tablet or accessory under the Zenfone branding starting eight weeks after May 28 i.e from July 23.

The High Court took the fact that Zen has been selling mobile phones since 2008 and even has a partnership with Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan in 2010 as the company’s brand ambassador. ASUS had no counter argument for this fact as it started selling smartphones under the Zenfone branding from 2014.

ASUS in its defence said that Zen is a generic term in Buddhist philosophy but the court overruled this fact by saying even though Zen is a common term, it cannot be easily associated with smartphone technology and therefore cannot be treated as generic in this case. And thus, Telecare Network is “entitiled” to protect the trademark, the judgement says.

The next hearing for this case is on July 10. If the lawyers representing ASUS fails to provide compelling evidence that its decision to choose a conflicting name is not an act of trademark infringement and passing off, the company may have no option other than to comply with the court ruling and stop selling the devices in India. ASUS also has its ZenBook line of laptop which will likely to be affected by the decision.

For now, ASUS can bypass the this prohibition by selling devices under a different brand name or proceed with the appealing in the Supreme Court of India which may take very long before a resolution is passed.

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TikTok’s Parent Company Bytedance is working on their own Smartphone brand!

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Every now and then we come across some new companies who are trying to make their own space in the smartphone market. But, sadly most of them fights with the tried and tested smartphone giants and finally gives up. The latest news is coming from the founders of popular video sharing app, TikTok. According to reports, the founding company of TikTok, Bytedance, is building its own smartphone.

The report from financial Times quotes an unnamed source who revealed that Bytedance founder Zhang Yiming has long dreamt of a smartphone with Bytedance’s apps  pre-installed. Earlier this year Bytedance made a deal with phone manufacturer Smartisan and acquired patents and some employees from the company, which indicates that the report is indeed true.

Out of the apps made by Bytedance, most people knows only about TikTok, owing to it’s popularity. Other apps from Bytedance includes Lark, a collaboration tool,an instant messenger called Felilao .While a lot of chinese smartphone companies have their own applications pre-installed in their own smartphones, this is one of the rare cases where an application company makes their own smartphone so that they can endorse their apps in it. It must be noted that the companies who tried to do the same before, Amazon and Facebook, who launched smartphones to endorse their app failed shortly and had to discontinue the products.

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If the news is true, capturing the market will be just one of the few worries for Bytedance, because of the ongoing trade war between USA and China. Recently, TikTok was banned in India for a short period of time for promoting “cultural degradation”.

On the other side, TikTok is one of the most popular apps on both the Apple iTunes store where it was downloaded 33 million times and in the Google Playstore, where it was downloaded 88.2 million times.

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