May 20 - May 26
- Major tech companies break ties with Huawei
Smartphone giant Huawei is in deep troubles amid the escalating US-China trade war. After President Trump signed an executive order putting Huawei on a blacklist, major companies have now cut-off all ties with Huawei. Google revoked its Android license, Microsoft has pulled back meaning (supposedly) no longer Windows based laptops, Qualcomm & Intel have both terminated their relationship meaning no more Snapdragon or Core-i based smartphones or computers, ARM has also pushed back which now raises question about Huawei's in-house chip R&D prowess, the SD Card consortium also dropped Huawei from its support list and recently, the Wi-Fi alliance pushed out the company. While Huawei has been working on in-house alternatives for a lot of things, it remains to be seen how does this ban affect the company in the near future.
2. TikTok owner ByteDance planning to launch paid music service in India
TikTok owner ByteDance is apparently in the final stages of launching a music service app in India to challenge the liked of Spotify & Apple. The company has already secured rights from T-Series and Times Music, two of India's largest record labels. Executives informed that the company plans to convert many of its TikTok users to paid subscribers while keeping both the apps different.
3. Sony's Indian smartphone business will suspend
Sony will quit India's smartphone business amid growing competition and rising loses. It was a long time coming but considering how Sony was one of the early pioneers of Indian smartphone segment, it is definitely sad to see it go. Sony will now exclusively focus on European & Japan markets while offering extended support in the countries from where it will exit.
4. Facebook confirms that ads are coming to WhatsApp from 2020
The announcement was made at the Facebook Summit in Netherlands. As evidenced by the tweets of Be Connect digital marketing agency’s Olivier Ponteville, status ads will appear on WhatsApp in a similar fashion to how it appears on Intagram and users can interact by tapping on the ad which will then take them to the WhatsApp business account of the respective company. This move was long coming.
5. Google's search has new design changes
The latest design changes will come to mobile first with a potential plan for desktop search. I won't say much about it, you guys can dig about it and find out yourself.
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