The US government imposed trade restrictions in May, 2019 that blocked US-based companies from doing business with Chinese electronics giant Huawei. Among other things, that means any Huawei smartphones that have launched since then have shipped without access to the Google Play Store and other Google services. But until recently, Google has still been able […]
TSMC to cease business with Huawei following US order
Chinese electronics company Huawei’s future looks bleaker than ever. The company is a major player in the telecommunications industry and has risen to prominence in the consumer space recently thanks to a series of well-regarded smartphones. But a series of actions from the US government in recent years have lefts countries around the world wary […]
Lilbits 327: Will Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 850 be fast enough?
Qualcomm is working on a new processor designed specifically for Windows tablets and laptops. It’s called the Snapdragon 850 and it’s basically a sibling to the Snapdragon 845 chip that powers the latest high-end Android smartphones, but it’s optimized for larger devices that have more space to help dissipate heat, which could allow the chip […]
ZTE can’t buy Qualcomm chips for 7 years (or anything else from American companies)
The US Department of Commerce is barring American companies from selling products to Chinese electronics company ZTE for the next 7 years. Among other things, that means that ZTE won’t be able to buy smartphone processors from Qualcomm, which is based in America. There are alternatives that ZTE could turn to, including chips from Taiwanese […]