Tag: category-/Internet & Telecom/Mobile & Wireless

Huawei’s Ken Hu calls for industry support as he compares trade ban to Berlin Wall

Huawei’s Ken Hu has called for support from other companies and industries as he drew striking comparisons between the U.S.-led trade ban and the Cold War. Speaking at the Potsdam Conference on National Cybersecurity in Germany, Hu, who serves as the Chinese company’s deputy chair, said its blacklisting “set a dangerous precedent,” one that disrupts […]

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PUBG Mobile helps Tencent’s revenues soar outside of China

Tencent’s mobile game revenues outside of China has more than doubled since from the fourth quarter of 2018 to the same period in 2019. This is according to a new mobile games report from IHS Markit and Priori Data. This is thanks in large part to PUBG Mobile, which has been a big hit for […]

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In the 5G era, spectrum sharing is key to cellular and Wi-Fi growth

As 5G networks launch across the world, a word that was previously unknown to consumers — “spectrum” — has become critically important to next-generation wireless devices. Wireless spectrum is invisible, but you can visualize it as a highway divided up into narrow lanes so vehicles can safely travel in parallel between destinations. In the late […]

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China sets 40-city national 5G rollout for October 1

Less than a month after China Unicom moved up its seven-city initial launch of 5G services to May, the Chinese government has decided to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the country’s founding by officially launching 5G on a nationwide scale. The launch will coordinate three leading state-backed carriers to bring commercial 5G service to 40 Chinese […]

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Sensor Tower: Mobile battle royale games have brought in over $2 billion in less than 2 years

Here’s two billion reasons why mobile game publishers have been so aggressive about getting into the battle royale market, according to mobile market research firm Sensor Tower. It’s found that battle royale games have brought in more than $2 billion in less than two years on iOS and Android. Fortnite may be a phenomenon, but […]

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ProtonMail brings anti-phishing ‘link confirmation’ to emails, fingerprint unlocking to Android

Encrypted email service ProtonMail is introducing a couple of new security-focused features to its apps this week. While ProtonMail users on iOS have been able to use TouchID or Face ID unlocking for several years, Android users have so far relied on passwords and PINs. With the latest incarnation of ProtonMail, Android users can also […]

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Japan plans for 10 billion 5G devices by adding 14-digit phone numbers

Increased data bandwidth might be the best-known advantage of 5G cellular technology, but new 5G networks will also support billions of newly connected devices, ranging from cars to internet of things sensors — each with their own telephone number. With its 5G rollout just around the corner, Japan is preparing for a surge in demand for […]

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EU picks 26GHz for 5G millimeter wave, requires support by end of 2020

Millimeter wave spectrum is expected to be critical in deploying the highest speed and lowest latency 5G wireless services, but its prior use in non-cellular applications has made spectrum allocation challenging for many governments. Today, the European Union officially reserved the 26GHz band for 5G service throughout its territories, paving the way for millimeter wave […]

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Apple releases iOS and tvOS 12.3 with smart TV and Channels updates

One and a half months after its beta debut, Apple’s iOS 12.3 update is officially arriving in final form today for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches, alongside tvOS 12.3 for Apple TVs. Both releases focus largely on TV-related enhancements, including the addition of support for third-party televisions with AirPlay 2 capabilities, integrated subscriptions to “Channel” […]

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AR/VR’s $80 billion-plus market could split before it consolidates

Some in the AR/VR industry see it converging into a singularity of spatial computing in one magical device, but mobile AR, smartglasses and VR could actually diverge in the medium-term (at least commercially). AR (mobile AR, smartglasses) is forecast to top 2.5 billion installed base and $70 billion to $75 billion revenue by 2023 (note: […]

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HTC Exodus 1s will bring blockchain to more smartphone users

HTC has unveiled the HTC Exodus 1s smartphone, a cheaper version of the Exodus 1 phone with built-in cryptocurrency and blockchain. The new phone will be launched at the end of the third quarter. The Exodus 1s combines blockchain with a smartphone to bring the decentralized ledger technology to a new audience. The idea is […]

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Game for Peace, PUBG Mobile’s replacement in China, earns $14 million in first 3 days on iOS

As it turns out, Chinese players love battle royale mobile games. According to market analyst Sensor Tower, the iOS version of Tencent’s Game for Peace has topped $14 million in player spending in just three days. The free-to-play multiplayer shooter caused a stir among Chinese mobile players earlier this week when Tencent suddenly replaced PUBG Mobile […]

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Android Q’s Live Caption will only work on ‘select phones’

At its I/O 2019 developer conference this week, Google showed off Live Caption, an Android Q feature that provides real-time continuous speech transcription. The company touted that Live Caption can caption any media on your phone. But it turns out that “your phone” can’t be just any Android Q phone. “Live Caption is coming to […]

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Everything Google announced at I/O 2019

In the past week, both Facebook and Microsoft used their respective developer conferences to give a glimpse into some of the stuff they’re cooking up. Yesterday, it was Google’s turn to lift the lid on what it’s building — for developers and consumers alike. In the build up to Google’s I/O 2019, the internet giant […]

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Qualcomm and Google add 5G support to Android Q developer APIs

Now that 5G cellular networks are popping up across North America, Asia, and Europe, device makers are working to add proper 5G support to smartphones and hotspots — a process Qualcomm has facilitated on the hardware side with the Snapdragon 855 platform. Today, the chipmaker announced its collaboration with Google to enhance Android Q’s developer […]

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Apple faces inevitable antitrust headache as EU launches App Store investigation

Apple is facing an antitrust investigation that could have been predicted the moment it announced it was getting into the music streaming business four years ago. The company can most likely expect a similar investigation down the road after it launches its video streaming service later this year. The first investigation follows a complaint lodged […]

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Workplace collaboration platform Coda lands on Android

When Coda opened for business in February after a monthslong beta period, it shipped clients for the web and iOS but inexplicably skipped over Android. Fortunately, the platform is finally rectifying the inequity with Coda for Android, which is now available on the Google Play Store. The Coda app for Android features a bottom navigation […]

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GameClub raises $2.5 million to preserve and rerelease classic iOS games

Game preservation can be a challenging task, especially on mobile where constant updates make apps obsolete and unplayable. GameClub is trying to fix that issue by reintroducing old games that people can no longer play on iOS. GameClub raised $2.5 million in seed funding from investors like Watertower Ventures, BreakwayGrowth Fund, Ride Ventures, GC Tracker, […]

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