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Demand for smartphones halves in China in February 2020 due to Coronavirus

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In total, mobile phone brands sold a total of 6.34 million devices in February in China, down 54.7% from 14 million in the same month last year, data from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology showed (CAICT).

It was also the lowest level for February since at least 2012, when CAICT started publishing data.


Android brands, which include devices made by Huawei Technologies and Xiaomi accounted for most of the drop, as they collectively saw shipments decline from 12.72 million units in February 2019 to 5.85 million, the data showed.

Shipments of Apple devices slumped to 494,000, from 1.27 million in February 2019. In January, its shipments had held steady at just over 2 million.

More » Apple Insider

Former Conservative leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith is asking the British government to rethink its decision to allow Huawei to play a role in the UK’s 5G network

There appear to be legitimate national security concerns about allowing Chinese firm Huawei to bid on and install 5G mobile networking equipment. Boris Johnson’s government announced they will allow the firm to install it’s equipment, however, they have not addressed those concerns or stated why they will allow this added risk, when there are other highly reputable alternatives.

The decision appears to be a political one, and not one based on facts. To be clear, Huawei should not be banned based on what is being asked for by the Trump Administration. National security should be top priority.


In a letter, the group – which includes four ex-cabinet ministers – said there were alternatives to the Chinese firm.

They want “high-risk” vendors to be ruled out now, or phased out over time.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the decision followed a “rigorous” review by security experts and that Huawei’s involvement would be restricted.

More » The Independent

[Updated] US Attorney General Bill Barr encourages Americans to invest in Finland’s Nokia and Sweden’s Ericcson to counter China’s Huawei

Nokia and Ericsson shares got a boost. So someone made a profit on that stock tip.

Bill Barr was previously a lawyer for US phone carrier Verizon.

Meanwhile, much of Ericsson and Nokia hardware is built in China.

Reuters »

“Putting our large market and financial muscle behind one or both of these firms would make it a far more formidable competitor and eliminate concerns over its staying power, or their staying power,” Barr said in a speech to a Washington think tank conference on China.

“We and our closest allies certainly need to be actively considering this approach,” Barr said.

The United States alleges that the Chinese government could use Huawei’s equipment for espionage, which Huawei denies.

More » Financial Times

Updated Feb 7, 2020 » Reuters » ‘No concrete proposition’ from U.S. to back Huawei rival Ericsson: Swedish minister

iPhone XR remains the best-selling smartphone of 2019 worldwide

Not Apple’s latest flagship, the iPhone 11.

According to Counterpoint Research, Apple’s iPhone XR was again the best-selling smartphone in the third quarter of 2019. Last year’s model, the iPhone XR has been the best-selling model every quarter so far this year.

The research also found that the iPhone 11 only took 5th spot in its own launch quarter.

Where Canada is concerned, could price be the bigger decider? iPhone 8 starts at C$600. iPhone XR starts at C$800. iPhone 11 starts at C$980.

Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac »

The company said that the iPhone 11 managed fifth place in its own launch quarter.

According to Counterpoint Research’s Market Pulse, the iPhone XR was the top-selling model globally in Q3 2019, capturing 3% market share. In fact, except for the launch quarter in September 2018, iPhone XR has been the top-selling model globally in every quarter since Q4 2018. The XR alone contributed to over one-quarter of the total Apple sales during the quarter, making it the best-selling model for Apple across all regions. Apple also adjusted the price of the iPhone XR in China and several other markets, which helped keep demand strong during the quarter. The iPhone 11 also made its debut in the top 10 within the launch quarter.

The top 10 best-selling smartphones in Q3 comprised two iPhones, three low-end Samsung models, and a mix of Chinese brands:

  • iPhone XR
  • Samsung Galaxy A10
  • Samsung Galaxy A50
  • Oppo A9
  • iPhone 11
  • Oppo A5s
  • Samsung Galaxy A20
  • Oppo A5
  • Xiaomi Redmi A7
  • Huawei P30

While Samsung appeared to have pushed buyers up through its range, the reality was that it simply dropped the prices of its former “mid-range” A-series models to become the new low-end phones.

More » PhoneArena

Replacing Europe’s Chinese telecoms gear ban could cost industry only $3.5 billion

Tarmo Virki at Reuters »

Replacing Chinese telecoms equipment would cost European telecom operators about $3.5 billion, a report by industry research firm Strand Consult predicted on Friday, far lower than the figure a lobby group came up with.

Industry lobby group GSMA, backed by blacklisted Chinese firm Huawei, predicted a cost of $62 billion.

» Not banning Chinese controlled telecoms gear could eventually cost much more, both in dollars and cents, and to society as a whole.

Huawei unveiled it’s flagship Mate 30 series phones today » without Google apps (Updated Sept 20)

Update from Shruti Shekar at MobileSyrup » If U.S. lifts Huawei ban, CEO Yu says it will update Mate 30 with Google ‘over one night’

As expected, Huawei launched the Mate 30 and flagship Mate 30 Pro smartphone today. But Huawei officials confirm the new handsets will ship without Google apps. The phones will run on an open-sourced version of Android and receive no support from Google.

The Mate 30 Pro has »

  • Kirin 990 chipset
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB / 256GB storage
  • 4,500 mAh battery
  • 32MP front camera
  • Three rear cameras
    • 40MP, f/1.6 wide
    • 40MP, f/1.8 ultra wide
    • 8MP, f/2.4 telephoto
  • 27 watt wireless charging

The new Huawei smartphones will not come with pre-installed Google-licensed apps like Maps, Gmail, or YouTube.

Huawei is not able to license Android due to restrictions imposed by the Trump Administration on the Chinese firm.

More from » Thurrott, BBC, CNET, The Verge, PC World, Reuters, CNBC, XDA Developers, Android Central

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