Huawei and ZTE Again in Legal Crosshairs
U.S. lawmakers are once again eying Chinese tech firms Huawei and ZTE over their potential ties to the Chinese government. Representatives Mike Rogers and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger are investigating the threat of digital spying from China and have sent letters to Huawei and ZTE requesting more information about their relationship with Beijing. In addition to querying about Huawei and ZTE's government relationships, the U.S. also requested details about the two firms' ties to five U.S. consulting firms, their recent business deals in Iran, and their funding arrangements with the Chinese government. "We're very concerned about the Chinese government hacking our national networks," said Ruppersberger. Huawei and ZTE have both made progress in winning U.S. business in recent years, including both wireless networking equipment and handsets sales to U.S. network operators.
Google's ARCore 1.0 Released to Public, Google Lens Hits More Handsets
Google today made ARCore 1.0 available to developers and the public, bringing augmented reality to some 100 million smartphones around the world. Handsets compatible with ARCore include Google’s Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL; Samsung’s Galaxy S8, S8+, Note8, S7, and S7 edge; LGE’s V30 and V30+; Asus’s Zenfone AR; and OnePlus’s OnePlus 5.
Android Messages with RCS to Reach More Phones On More Carriers
Google says its Android Messages app is on the upswing thanks to new RCS-based tools and growing support from phone makers and wireless network operators. To start, brands now have more power to interact with consumers thanks to RCS business messaging.
U.S. Lawmakers Want AT&T to Sever All Ties with Huawei
Some people who work for the U.S. government don't want AT&T and other firms doing business with Huawei, according to Reuters.
Verizon Won't Sell Huawei Phones Either, Says Bloomberg
Verizon Wireless has cancelled any and all plans it had to sell handsets from Chinese phone maker Huawei due to pressure from the federal government, according to sources cited by Bloomberg. Verizon Wireless was on deck to sell Huawei's flagship device, the Mate 10 Pro, but has bowed to the government's wishes.