Winners and Losers of the Week: Honor courts Qualcomm, WhatsApp goes back on its promise

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Winners and Losers of the Week: Honor courts Qualcomm, WhatsApp goes back on its promise

To say that the very first full week of 2021 was an eventful one can be an understatement. I’m positive everybody by now could be conscious of what occurred on the US Capitol. In plain-sight, whereas it might need to not do something with NextPit’s space of experience – tech –  questions are already being raised and fingers being pointed at platforms like Twitter, Fb and even Twitch for performing as enablers for the chain of the occasions that occurred there. 

Anyway, as essential as it’s, discussing what occurred there goes past the scope of what we often do right here at NextPit. However our French Editor Antoine did express his opinion in an article (French) right here in case you have an interest. 

Speaking of editors, it was a bittersweet week for us, the workers right here at NextPit who bid farewell to Julia Froolyks, our German editor. On the identical time, we had been additionally excited to announce a brand new addition to the group within the type of Carsten Drees (Casi) – who joined as our new Editor for Germany.

With everybody again from their two-week-long trip, issues have began trying regular for us tech journalists. All of a sudden there appears to be much more tech information to cowl, and issues are solely going to get busier for us with CES kicking off subsequent week. So, earlier than we speak in regards to the winners and losers of this week, right here’s a quick roundup of what occurred within the final seven days.

We begin off with Samsung who officially sent out invites and teasers for presumably essentially the most awaited launch of 2021 – the Samsung Galaxy S21 collection. Aside from a attainable resurgence of Exynos, there’s a lot in stake for Samsung with this launch. We can even presumably know the course Samsung’s flagship lineup will take as soon as now we have full particulars in regards to the Galaxy S21 lineup subsequent week. 

It was a busy week for Xiaomi as nicely, which introduced and subsequently launched a number of merchandise throughout the globe. For Europe, this week noticed the launch of the Redmi Be aware 9T and its little brother – the Redmi 9T. The previous is Xiaomi’s first try at an inexpensive 5G smartphone for the western market. This week additionally noticed Xiaomi launch one other smartphone referred to as the Mi 10i in India. In typical Redmi style, that is only a rebranded model of the Redmi Be aware 9 Professional 5G or the Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite.

In a optimistic growth of types, this week additionally noticed Google silently comply with Apple’s requirements for the app retailer. OnePlus was additionally within the information with the corporate reportedly aiming to launch its good band and smartwatch lineup within the not too distant future.

Winner of the week: Honor, who’s in talks with Qualcomm 

Chinese language smartphone model Honor is our Winner for this week as a result of the corporate appears to have arrived at some sort of deal with chipmaker Qualcomm. The previous Huawei sub-brand is aiming for a comeback now that it’s out of the dreaded entity checklist. With the Trump administration on its manner out within the subsequent few weeks, issues look rosy for the corporate.

Whether or not Honor does handle to achieve its goal of 100 million smartphone shipments in 2021 is one thing we might want to see to consider. However do not forget that we’re speaking a couple of Chinese language smartphone model right here and with a inhabitants of 1.four billion patriotic folks, 100 million models is an achievable quantity. We gained’t be stunned, due to this fact, if Honor does, certainly handle to ship 100 million smartphones this yr.

Loser of the week: WhatsApp for going  again on its promise 

Our loser for this week needs to be WhatsApp. The corporate lately updated the phrases and situations for all its customers (save for the ones living in the EU). Per the brand new phrases, WhatsApp will now share person information with its guardian firm, Fb. For anybody residing exterior of the EU, there is no such thing as a method to opt-out of this and proceed utilizing WhatsApp. Many customers have already introduced their plans to maneuver to different platforms like Telegram and Sign.

What makes this resolution much more appalling is the truth that that is in direct contrast to WhatsApp’s famous 2014 blog post whereby it reiterated how WhatsApp will stay autonomous and that it’s going to function independently of FaceBook

Nicely, that was greater than half a decade in the past, and that is maybe the brand new regular.

Anyway, I hope you had an awesome begin to 2021, and we hope to carry you extra tidbits from the world of tech subsequent week. Belief me; it’s going to be a busy one for us with each CES and the Galaxy S21 launch happening. 

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