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Here’s your May tech timeline for everything that mattered in geekery:
It’s more than a big story. Huawei’s May 2019 has been nothing short of catastrophic. From approaching a leading position as the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer, to dramatically if not terminally compromised.
The shockwaves struck following the U.S. technology ban, leading to the likes of Google and Android, plus Microsoft, being forced to stop work together on software, eventually leading to the potentially more serious revelations that Qualcomm, and more crucially Arm, plus a host of suppliers, were also forced to stop working. A full rundown of events is here.
There’s been little time to stop and think about what it all means, as new revelations, plus Huawei’s own assertions, conflicting messages, and general uncertainty plagues Huawei and the wider trade war. Everything may change in an instant should the ongoing negotiations lead to a reversal. The longer it goes on, the less likely that appears.
Where to from here?
Huawei want you to be alert, but not alarm. Indications are that Huawei will continue to provide support for existing devices as best it can, in an enduring way.
It’s less clear what will happen to new devices. Will the Mate X foldable phone be released, or the Mate 30?
Huawei scotched rumors that its own operating system - codenamed internally as HongMeng and better known as “Plan B” - will be ready anytime soon, after a report suggesting a June release was retracted.
We also don’t know what will happen with hardware, given that plenty of Huawei’s silicon designs come from ARM - just as they do for Qualcomm with its Snapdragon chips, and Samsung and the Exynos range.
We can barely see through the front windscreen on this wild ride, so it’s disingenuous to speculate too far. What’s clear is that Huawei won’t be the same coming out the other side.
⭐ How the Apple Store Lost Its Luster (Bloomberg).
🔨 The race to develop the Moon (New Yorker).
Monday, 3 June: Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference for 2019 begins in San Jose.
Tuesday, 11 June: The Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 for 2019 begins in LA.
Wednesday, 12 June: CE Week 2019 in NYC.
Thanks for reading! June looks a little skinny for new devices, but as always, we are prepared to be surprised.
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