Peacock launched across the US on July 15.
Peacock, a streaming app from Comcast-owned NBCUniversal, offers thousands of hours of free programming, as well as extra shows, movies and originals if you’re willing to pay for a subscription. Peacock has a seven-day free trial for its premium tiers, and if you sign up through a Google platform like Android, you can get an extended free period. And, finally, you can stream Peacock on Roku devices, after a more than two-month absence from one of the most popular steaming platforms in the country. Numerous mobile and TV devices support Peacock, but at launch in July, Peacock wasn’t available on Roku. The two sides reached a deal last week to deliver the Peacock app to Roku TVs and streamers, ending the impasse and leaving Amazon’s Fire TV platform as the only major platform without Peacock. (Meanwhile HBO Max, another new streaming service, still hasn’t reached any deal with either Roku or Fire TV.)
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Competing with HBO Max as well as Netflix, Disney Plus, Hulu and others, Peacock is the last big new service going live in the flood of launches from tech and media giants over the last year. Technically, Peacock launched in a limited “sneak peek” in mid-April for some Comcast customers. But the nationwide launch in mid-July widened the service to anyone in the US who wants to watch it, and Peacock’s first original shows and movies dropped then too. Peacock has a catalog of more than 20,000 hours of shows, movies, news, sports, curated channels, trending highlights and exclusive big-budget original programming. Peacock’s free tier, with about two-thirds of the catalog, is available to watch right away with advertising after you register an email and password. You can unlock the full library of shows and movies for a price — $4.99 a month for the full catalog plus ads or $9.99 a month to go ad-free. Peacock offers a standard seven-day free trial for its premium tiers, and, again, people who sign up on a Google platform like Android can snag an extended free trial. Read more: Hulu vs. Peacock: Which streaming service is best for you? Peacock is also working on deals, like ones it already has with parent company Comcast and with Cox Communications, to bundle Peacock Premium with regular cable services as a no-added-cost perk. But since launch, Peacock hasn’t secured many more of these deals to widen the premium perks. (Full details on deals, free trials and discounts for Peacock are below.) Peacock’s free tier has popular TV shows like Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock, as well as movies like Zombieland, E.T., and more, many of them coming from Comcast’s Universal and DreamWorks Animation studios. But one of Peacock’s most anticipated titles, The Office, won’t be available until January. Its premium tier unlocks originals and other items from the catalog. Trolls World Tour, DreamWorks Animation’s movie that skipped theaters to debut as a high-priced online rental in April, has moved over to Peacock to stream with a paid membership. But programming can come and go frequently. Several high-profile movies on Peacock at launch — like the Matrix trilogy, the Jurassic Park trilogy, Shrek and the only Fast & Furious movie available at the time — disappeared from the service soon after launch. A countdown warning shows how long some titles are set to remain on Peacock.Because of the coronavirus pandemic, several plans for Peacock’s wider rollout were upended. Filming production of original programming largely shut down in March, and the plan to piggyback Peacock’s national launch on NBC’s live coverage of the summer Olympics is moot now that the games have been pushed back to 2021. Peacock has slated more originals to debut through September, and it has said it’s optimistic that its original Punky Brewster and Saved by the Bell reboots will be available this year. Among the most high-profile originals still to come are a highly anticipated Friends reunion special and a reboot of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. But much of its original programming won’t materialize until later than planned. Not until 2021 will Peacock “arguably really be hitting its stride,” according to Matt Strauss, the executive in charge of Peacock.
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But the service did have nine original shows and movies to watch at launch, and that has expanded in the weeks since. Peacock’s launch slate of originals available included Brave New World, which is Peacock’s marquee sci-fi drama adapting Aldous Huxley’s novel, and a Psych movie sequel. Other popular titles at launch included Yellowstone, the Paramount network’s hit summer series, and Law & Order: SVU. Like the originals, all of these titles are on the premium level of Peacock, but all of them allow you to sample a few episodes free. In the case of Law & Order: SVU, you can sample more than two dozen episodes free, including the entire first season. Peacock is also licensing shows and movies from other companies. Its deal with ViacomCBS gives Peacock a handful of series that originally ran on CBS, Showtime, the CW and BET, plus (eventually) a list of movies from Paramount, including the Godfather trilogy. (See the end of this article for more details on the catalog.)
Competitors to Peacock include other new services like Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus, and WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, as well as vets like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and CBS All Access. (Note: ViacomCBS is the parent company of CNET.) But Peacock is unusual among these rivals in that it has a free tier. It’s also unusual among the crop of new services in that it’ll have live sports and news, while most of the newest streaming services are focused squarely on video-on-demand catalogs along the lines of Netflix. Other differences: Peacock has “channels” of TV, but these aren’t live streams of its networks. Instead, they’re curated feeds of shorter programming or full episodes, organized around themes. One channel, for example, like Today All Day, which mixes clips from NBC’s Today show with original segments for Peacock by the show’s hosts. Other channels are based on The Office, SNL and Keeping Up With the Kardashians, all stocked with clips, or things like the Tonight Show, True Crime or Bob Ross, with full episodes. So far, Peacock has signed up 10 million accounts through about the end of July. That includes people who registered with Peacock when it rolled out just to Comcast pay-TV customers in April, as well as new members who’ve signed up since its national launch on July 15. By comparison, Disney Plus reported more than 10 million sign-ups in little more than 24 hours when it launched in November. HBO Max — the premium cable network’s newer, bigger app that rolled out at the end of May — signed up 4.1 million accounts in its first full month. So is Peacock worth paying for? All the finer details are below, but basically: Thanks to the free tier, it doesn’t cost anything to try it out for yourself. If you love NBC’s style of programming or you want even more big-name movies to stream — and especially if Netflix has spoiled you into hating ads — you may find yourself paying for yet another streaming service. What does Peacock cost? Peacock has three tiers: a limited one that’s free, an all-inclusive one that’s $4.99 a month with ads and an all-inclusive one that’s $9.99 a month without ads. The free tier limits how much you can watch. For example, Peacock planned to offer only select episodes of its originals free, withholding the rest inside its paywall. This limited free tier has access to roughly two-thirds of Peacock’s total catalog of movies, current season TV, TV classics, curated daily news, sports, Hispanic programming and curated channels. Both paid tiers are called Peacock Premium, basically an all-access pass to everything on the service. That means about 20,000 hours of content. Peacock Premium is $4.99 a month or $50 a year with advertising, or you can upgrade to an ad-free version for $9.99 a month or $100 a year. The tiers with advertising are supposed to have no more than five minutes of commercials per hour. Peacock offers a standard seven-day free trial standard for any new signups to either premium tier. If you sign up for Peacock through its Android app or on Android TV, Peacock is offering an extended free trial. This free trial is for the ad-supported, $4.99 level of Peacock Premium. When your trial expires, you’ll be charged the normal $4.99-a-month rate. After registering an email address with Peacock while using an Android or Android TV device to open your account, Peacock will email you a promotion code to unlock your free period. The length of the free trial shrinks the longer you wait to sign up: Codes delivered until Sept. 14 were for 60 days free, and you must redeem them by Sept. 30.Codes delivered until Oct. 15 are for 30 days free, and you must redeem them by Oct. 31.Other people can score discounts that cut the cost of Peacock if they’re already customers of certain cable companies. Peacock will continue to give Comcast X1 and Flex subscribers the Premium version of the service at a $5 discount. So if they want to watch with advertising, they pay nothing for Peacock Premium; if they want to watch ad-free, they need to pay $4.99 a month. Cox customers also get that $5-off deal. Peacock has said it’s working on partnerships to offer this discount to a wider array of consumers. These customers can also upgrade to watch Peacock ad-free by paying $5 a month. The pricing at Peacock’s competition runs the gamut. Among the services that have ad-supported options, Hulu is $5.99 a month with ads and $11.99 a month ad-free. CBS All Access charges $5.99 for its tier with advertising, and $9.99 for the ad-free version. And Quibi, a mobile-only subscription video service with an eye-popping lineup of stars, has set its monthly rate at $4.99 with ads and $7.99 ad-free. By comparison, Netflix, which has no ads, offers its cheapest tier at $8.99 a month, while its most popular plan is $12.99. Apple TV Plus is $4.99 a month, Disney Plus is $6.99 a month, and HBO Max is $14.99 a month. None of them includes advertising. But none of these competitors offers a free tier like Peacock’s. What devices support Peacock? Peacock is available on the web at peacocktv.com, and it is supported on: Apple devices: You can stream the service on apps for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD. You can sign up for Peacock or upgrade your membership with in-app purchases too. And Apple will also integrate Peacock into its own TV app, which allows you to congregate certain streaming channels together to watch them in one place. Google devices: Peacock has support on Google platforms and devices including Android phones and tablets, and Android TV devices, Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices. People who sign up through Android and Android TV also get the extended free trial; after that trial period ends, Peacock Premium costs $4.99 per month with ads or $9.99 a month ad-free. Xbox One consoles: Microsoft’s Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One S and Xbox One X, have an app for Peacock, and the service itself should be available for download through the Microsoft Store. You can also sign up for or upgrade Peach directly within the Peacock app on Xbox devices using in-app purchase.Sony PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro consoles.Vizio SmartCast TVs. LG Smart TVs.After the Roku deal, Amazon Fire TV is the only major family of devices to not carry the Peacock app. What product features does Peacock have? Up to three devices can stream Peacock simultaneously from a single account. Peacock won’t require accounts to register devices with the service, nor will it limit the number of devices a single account can use to stream. Peacock won’t support high-end formats like 4K resolution, high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound at launch, but they’re on the roadmap to be added. It won’t support profiles yet, a feature that typically allows for various members of a household to keep their viewing and recommendations separate. That feature is high on the list to arrive after launch, Peacock said.Parental controls are managed by a PIN.It won’t offer mobile downloads at launch, but the feature will be added “soon” this year for people who subscribe to its top tier, Peacock said. The app’s user interface will be in English only. The programming on Peacock will support any language audio or subtitles tracks that come with a specific title. At launch, it’ll have some content with Spanish language tracks and subtitles. What’s up with that name? Peacock is a nod to NBC’s longtime logo and mascot. Strauss said that calling the service Peacock was meant as an homage to NBC, but he stressed that the service is licensing lots of non-NBC content too. “We did not call this service NBC Plus. We called it Peacock. In many ways, that was by design,” he said. “Pay homage to NBCUniversal but not be limited to just NBCUniversal content.” At the service’s unveiling in January, writer, producer and actress Tina Fey said she originally wanted the title of 30 Rock to be The Peacock. “I was told it was a hard ‘no,’ and that it would not pass the censors,” she said. “And here we are.” When did it launch? When will it expand outside the US? NBCUniversal launched a “preview” of Peacock’s streaming service April 15 for Comcast’s Xfinity X1 cable customers and its Flex streaming customers. Peacock launched for everyone else in the US in July. International expansion will come, Peacock has said, but it didn’t specify a timeline. Peacock’s launch comes near the tail end of a busy time for new streaming services. April brought the debut of Quibi, a mobile streaming service from Hollywood giant Jeffrey Katzenberg, which is focusing on bite-size films. HBO Max launched in the US at the end of May, and Apple TV Plus and Disney Plus both rolled out in November. What happens to NBC programming on Hulu? For now, NBC’s shows will keep streaming on Hulu. The Office will start streaming on Peacock in 2021.
NBC was a partner in Hulu for years, but NBCUniversal-owner Comcast struck a deal with Disney to give Disney full Hulu control last year. That deal included terms that essentially allow NBC to have programming stream both on Hulu and on Peacock at the same time. NBCUniversal can start pulling its programming off Hulu starting next year, and by 2022 it has the right (but not the obligation) to cancel most of its content-licensing agreements with Hulu, Variety reported. “It’s too early to tell” whether NBC will want to go that route yet, NBCUniversal Chairman Steve Burke said at the presentation unveiling Peacock in January. Shows and movies: What’s available to watch on Peacock? The company has said Peacock Premium has about 20,000 hours of content available; roughly two-thirds of it will be available on the free, ad-supported tier. Now that the service is live with a free tier, you can get a sense of the catalog easily by browsing the service itself, although you’ll need to register an account with an email address to do so. You can also check third-party sites like Reelgood, which track streaming services’ catalogs, to get a sense of what’s available to watch. Generally speaking, the service’s programming leans into NBCUniversal’s back catalog and its franchises, but there are a couple complexities there too. For one, The Office is one of the marquee shows that Peacock will stream, but the service doesn’t have The Office available at launch. Netflix has the rights to it until 2021; Peacock will start streaming it in January. And Peacock is also licensing programming from other companies. A deal with ViacomCBS, for example, will give Peacock full seasons of shows such as Ray Donovan at launch, as well as certain classic Paramount movies later on over the course of more than three years, such as The Godfather trilogy. It’ll also have past seasons of Yellowstone, a hit summer drama on the Paramount Network, as well as licensed shows from A+E, like Storage Wars. Peacock’s free tier includes: Next-day access to current seasons of NBC broadcast shows in their first season, known as freshmen series.Next-week access (i.e. one week after episodes air) to current seasons of returning NBC broadcast shows.Select episodes of marquee Peacock originals (but not full seasons).Curated genre channels, which NBC has characterized as things like SNL Vault, Family Movie Night and Olympic Profiles.Selections of classic series and popular movies.Curated daily news and sports programming, including the Olympics.Spanish-language content.With the Premium membership, you basically get an all-access pass. It includes everything on the free tier plus: Full seasons of Peacock originals.Next-day access to current seasons of returning NBC broadcast shows.Early access to NBC’s late-night talk shows. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon will stream early on Peacock and Late Night with Seth Meyers at 8 p.m. ET — but this perk will begin only when the shows return to in-studio productionFull access to Peacock’s library of shows and moviesAdditional sports, like Premier League soccer.Peacock also includes live programming, which originally was to include the now postponed Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Select events from the Toyko and Beijing Olympics will stream on Peacock when the games occur on the free tier. Among other sports you’ll be able to watch on Peacock’s free tier, the service will have the US Open Championship, Women’s Open Championship and an NFL Wild Card Playoff Game. In addition, the free tier will have on-demand replays of events like the Triple Crown horse races, daily highlights from NBC Sports and hundreds of hours of sports series and docs. Premium tier sports will include 175 live Premier League matches in the 2020-21 season, coverage of elite cycling events like the Tour de France and La Vuelta, and more than 100 hours of WWE content, like WWE Untold, Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions and John Cena’s Best WrestleMania Matches. As far as news programming, Peacock will draw from brands like NBC News, Sky News, MSNBC and CNBC. It’ll stream same-day broadcasts of NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and Meet the Press with Chuck Todd; live news channels will include NBC News Now, Sky News and NBC/Sky Global News (a new channel); it’ll feature clips from Today, CNBC, MSNBC, E! News, NBC Nightly News and Meet the Press; and it’ll widen into original content from the Meet the Press franchise, investigative documentaries including full seasons of Dateline and Lock Up, and library documentaries from NBC News and CNBC. For its originals, the company generally tends to rely on new series from talent with a long track record at NBC, like Tiny Fey, Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling. It’s also betting on reboots of shows in its catalog with an enduring appeal. It’s already announced a revival of Battlestar Galactica (itself a reboot of the 1970s sci-fi series) by Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail and reboots of Punky Brewster and Saved by the Bell. According to Deadline, NBCUniversal hopes to make a reboot of The Office, which itself was a remake of a British series. But not all Peacock’s original programming comes straight from NBCUniversal’s family tree. Some titles, like Brave New World, are fresh projects just for Peacock. At launch, Peacock has nine total originals. The series will have all their episodes available at once to stream on a premium tier, a la Netflix. The launch originals are: Brave New World, based on the dystopian novel by Aldous Huxley and starring Demi Moore and Alden Ehrenreich from Solo: A Star Wars StoryPsych 2: Lassie Come HomeThe Capture, a mystery thriller that aired last year in the UKIntelligence, a comedy series starring David Schwimmer that aired earlier this year in the UKLost Speedways, an unscripted series featuring racer Dale Earnhardt Jr.In Deep with Ryan Lochte, a sports documentaryNew episodes of Curious George, the animated series for preschoolersCleopatra in Space, a DreamWorks Animation kids seriesWhere’s Waldo?, another DreamWorks Animation kids series Post-launch Originals Hitmen, a sitcom about inept contract killers, starring Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, best known as the former hosts of The Great British Bake Off Five Bedrooms, about five people who buy a house together A.P. Bio’s new season, starring Glenn Howerton and Patton Oswalt Noughts + Crosses, a series based on young-adult novels imagines an alternate history in racial reverseAnthony, a film In 2005 examining the murder of 18-year-old Black student Anthony Walker by imagining what may have happened had he livedThe Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show, a documentary about the entertainer’s stint hosting the late-night show Black Boys, a documentary film that celebrates the humanity of Black men and boys in America Originals with confirmed release dates post-launch Departure, a series about the investigation into the mysterious disappearance of an airliner flying over the Atlantic Ocean — Sept. 17Wilmore, a weekly special series featuring actor and comedian Larry Wilmore — Sept. 18The Amber Ruffin Show, a weekly late-night-style topical show featuring comic and writer Ruffin — Sept. 25The following are the originals in the pipeline for Peacock, but the timing of most of these projects is unclear. Original drama A revival of Battlestar Galactica by Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail.A reboot of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which reimagines the classic sitcom as a drama. An anthology series that’ll base its first installment on Hatching Twitter, Nick Bilton’s best-selling book about the creation of that social network.Dr. Death, based on the true-crime podcast, starring Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater.Angelyne, a limited series from Emmy Rossum about a surgically enhanced LA pop-culture icon.One of Us Is Lying, based on the best-selling young adult mystery-thriller.Armas De Mujer, starring Kate del Castillo, a dramedy from the team behind Telemundo’s La Reina del Sur. A Queer as Folk reboot.A kids version of The Tonight Show. Original comedy Rutherford Falls, starring Ed Helms, who also co-created the show with Mike Schur (the showrunner for The Good Place and co-creator of Parks and Recreation) and Sierra Teller Ornelas, who produced ABC’s Splitting Up Together and NBC’s Superstore.Straight Talk, from Rashida Jones, about two main characters with opposing ideologies forced into an odd coupling.A Saved by the Bell reboot, with original cast members including Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez, from 30 Rock’s Tracey Wigfield. This is expected to be available in 2020. The Punky Brewster reboot, starring Soleil Moon Frye as a grownup version of the titular character. This is expected to be available in 2020. The Adventure Zone, a fantasy animated comedy series based on the Dungeons & Dragons podcast and best-selling graphic novel series.Clean Slate, starring Laverne Cox as a trans woman who returns to Alabama and reunites with her estranged father after 17 years, produced by legendary producer Norman Lear.Expecting, produced by Mindy Kaling, about a single woman who asks her gay best friend to be her sperm donor.Division One, a coming-of-age comedy about an underdog women’s collegiate soccer team, produced by Amy Poehler.MacGruber, based on the Saturday Night Live sketch character who spawned a movie in 2010. Will Forte stars in, writes and produces this comedy series.Girls5Eva, produced by Tina Fey about a one-hit-wonder girl group from the ’90s that reunites for one more shot at stardom.Lady Parts, a comedy about a female Muslim punk band, which aired on Channel 4 in the UK.Code 404, a cop comedy. Original unscripted shows Who Wrote That, a Saturday Night Live docuseries from creator Lorne Michaels, exploring the famous personalities in front of and behind the camera.A stand-up special, comedy shorts and a new talk show from Kevin Hart and his LOL Network.Real Housewives Mash-up, a spinoff of Bravo’s The Real Housewives franchise.A racing series from Dale Earnhardt Jr.Dream Team 2020, a behind-the-scenes documentary series that follows USA Basketball superstars on their Olympic journey to Tokyo, produced in partnership with the NBA.United States of Speed, which features the American runners leading Team USA to take on the domination of Jamaica’s Usain Bolt.Run Through the Line, a look at the creation of Nike. The Greatest Race, which interviews swimmers on both sides of the epic 4×100 relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Original kids programming Archibald’s Next Big Thing, from Tony Hale of Veep and Arrested Development, this comedy features a chicken who ‘yes-ands’ his way through life.Dragon Rescue Riders, in which Dak, Leyla and their dragon friends find strange crystals that change their powers.DreamWorks Where’s Waldo?, an animated series based on the iconic character. Next-day streaming access to new episodes (premium)Access HollywoodAmerica’s Got TalentBlindspot Bluff City Law Bring the Funny Chicago Fire Chicago Med Chicago P.D. Council of DadsDatelineDays of our LivesEllen’s Game of Games Hollywood Game Night IndebtedLaw and Order: SVU Lincoln RhymeA Little Late with Lilly SinghMaking It Manifest Meet the PressNBC Nightly NewsNew Amsterdam Perfect Harmony Saturday Night LiveSongland Sunnyside Superstore The Blacklist The Inbetween The Kelly Clarkson ShowThe Kenan ShowThe Titan GamesThe Wall This Is Us Titan Games World of Dance Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Spanish-language programming Peacock will lean into Telemundo to reach Hispanic audiences with the streaming service, with more than thousands of hours of Telemundo’s programming. So far, the company has specified that this will include the original dramedy Armas de Mujer, a new series from the makers of La Reina del Sur, and popular library titles 100 Dias Para Volver, Betty in NY, El Barón and Preso No. 1. 100 Días para Enamorarnos Al Otro Lado Del Muro Betty En NY CeliaCaso CerradoChiquis N’ Control Corazón Valiente ¿Dónde está Elisa? El Barón El Chema El Rostro De La Venganza Guerra de Ídolos Historias De La Virgen Morena I Love JenniJosé José La Querida Del Centauro Larrymania Más Sabe El Diablo Mi Familia Perfecta Perro Amor Preso No. 1 ¿Quién es Quién? Reina de Corazones Relaciones Peligrosas Santa Diabla The Riveras Un Poquito Tuyo Victoria Victorinos
Acer’s new smart speaker is a colorful contribution to the market – CNET
Acer’s new smart speaker will be available in early 2021. Acer If you’re interested in smart speakers, but not impressed by what you’ve seen from Amazon, Google or Apple, there are third-party speakers out there. Acer on Wednesday announced the Acer Halo, a $109 smart speaker with DTS sound, LED display and more.The Acer Halo sits…
Acer’s new smart speaker will be available in early 2021.
If you’re interested in smart speakers, but not impressed by what you’ve seen from Amazon, Google or Apple, there are third-party speakers out there. Acer on Wednesday announced the Acer Halo, a $109 smart speaker with DTS sound, LED display and more.The Acer Halo sits on a base lit up by RGB lighting you can customize. The glowing lights can sync with streaming music, too. That music streams from a speaker with DTS sound designed to project in 360 degrees to fill the room.
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On the front of the speaker’s gray fabric cover, an LED light display provides visual information like weather or time. Acer is working on an app that will let you personalize the message or image displayed via LED.An LED display on the front of the speaker displays information.
The smarts behind this speaker come from Google Assistant. You’ll use the usual “Hey, Google” voice command to request music, podcasts, news and answers to questions. The Acer Halo is equipped with two far-field omnidirectional microphones to detect ambient noise and voice commands. A physical switch is available to mute the microphones.Acer isn’t the first third-party manufacturer to try its hand at a smart speaker. We’ve seen successful models from Bose and Sonos, among others. The Acer Halo Smart Speaker will be available in North America in early 2021 starting at $109. Its European price of 119 euros converts to about £110 or AU$200.
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Best upcoming Xbox Series X games you’ll need to play – CNET
If you’re one of the lucky ones who managed to snag an Xbox Series S/X preorder, you probably know the launch lineup by heart. But while the games that launch alongside a console are key, if you’re weighing whether or when to buy a console, titles in the pipeline are often more important.So, other than…
If you’re one of the lucky ones who managed to snag an Xbox Series S/X preorder, you probably know the launch lineup by heart. But while the games that launch alongside a console are key, if you’re weighing whether or when to buy a console, titles in the pipeline are often more important.So, other than Microsoft’s excellent Game Pass service, what reasons do you have to buy either an Xbox Series S or X? Here are five. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
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With Halo Infinite being delayed until 2021, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is now the Xbox Series X’s biggest launch title. True, you’ll be able to play it on Xbox One, PS4 and PS5, but that won’t stop it from being a big hit among new Series X owners. Valhalla takes Assassin’s Creed into England, but the English aren’t the stars of the game: the Vikings are. Valhalla is all about the Norse invasion into England in the ninth century. So, yeah, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is likely to be pretty gnarly. Tetris Effect: ConnectedBuying a new console for a puzzle game sounds strange (unless your memories of PSP launch game Lumines are as fond as mine), but Tetris Effect was far more exciting than your typical puzzler. It was named Game of the Year by several publications, an usual feat for a game in its category. Tetris Effect: Connected adds online co-op and competitive multiplayer, and launches alongside the Xbox Series S/X on Nov. 10.Halo Infinite
Halo Infinite was meant to be the killer app of not just the Xbox Series X but also Game Pass. Master Chief’s next adventure was to release on Microsoft’s Netflix-esque service on Nov. 10, Series X launch day, but in August it was delayed until 2021. So that’s the bad news. The good news is the delay will ultimately mean a more polished, spectacular Halo Infinite. It’ll be available, via Game Pass, on Xbox Series X, PC and Xbox One. FableOne for the distant future, the storied Fable franchise is getting an Xbox Series X reboot. The game was announced back in July, but we didn’t see any gameplay in its debut trailer. That means, despite reports that development began in 2018, the next Fable will hit the platform in late-2021 or 2022. But, considering the popularity of the first three Fable games, it’s looking to be a big hit when it does drop. Forza Motorsport
The PlayStation 5 has Gran Turismo, and the Xbox Series X will have Forza Motorsport. It was announced at the same event as Fable and, like Fable, we don’t know when it’s going to launch. But we do know, based on almost every other Forza game, that it’ll probably be excellent. Plus, a Forza game came out every year between 2012 and 2018, but we’ve not gotten one since 2018’s Horizon 4. That means we’re due for one soon.
Huawei ban timeline: Sweden bans Chinese company from its 5G networks – CNET
Huawei makes some striking phones, but they aren’t available in the US. César Salza / CNET en Español Huawei is a huge telecommunications supplier and phone manufacturer, but it’s a pariah in countries like the US. There’s been no shortage of scrutiny of the Chinese telecom giant in recent years, and countries have been banning the use…
Huawei makes some striking phones, but they aren’t available in the US.
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Huawei is a huge telecommunications supplier and phone manufacturer, but it’s a pariah in countries like the US. There’s been no shortage of scrutiny of the Chinese telecom giant in recent years, and countries have been banning the use of its equipment in their 5G networks. Its phones are also virtually invisible in the US, despite its massive presence around the world.The company’s chairman had predicted that 2020 would be “difficult” for Huawei, and there certainly have been challenges. The US continues to pressure allies to block Huawei from their next-generation 5G wireless networks. In July, the UK opted to ban Huawei from its 5G infrastructure: The company’s gear must be removed by 2027 — a decision that Huawei found “disappointing” as 5G becomes increasingly mainstream. Read more: Huawei and China-US tensions: Where do we go from here?
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The core issue with Huawei has been concerns about its coziness with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies. It’s the reason why the US banned companies from using Huawei networking equipment in 2012 and why the company was added to the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security Entity List in May 2019, following an executive order from President Donald Trump effectively banning Huawei from US communications networks. A year later, Trump extended the order until 2021.Read more: Not just Huawei: A guide to China’s biggest and best smartphone makersThe US initially offered a reprieve to companies, allowing them to work with Huawei through a temporary general license, but the Commerce Department accused the company of exploiting the rules to continue using American technology in its semiconductor design. It tightened those rules in August 2020 and said the temporary general license wouldn’t be extended further.Huawei has long denied any wrongdoing and continues to maintain its innocence.Read more: Huawei P40 Pro Plus’ 10x optical zoom camera puts iPhone and Samsung to shameIt can be tough to keep pace with the sheer number of headlines, so here’s a timeline going back to 2018.2020Oct. 20, 2020: Sweden bans Huawei from its 5G networks.Oct. 8, 2020: UK Parliament cites “clear evidence” Huawei colluded with Chinese state.Oct. 1, 2020: UK found a flaw of “national significance” in Huawei tech, a government report says.Sept. 30, 2020: China reportedly prepares antitrust probe into Google following Huawei prompt.Sept. 29, 2020: BT picks Nokia to power 5G networks as UK starts to phase out Huawei.Sept. 23, 2020: Huawei chairman labels ongoing US bans as “non-stop aggression.”Sept. 10, 2020: Huawei says it’s bringing Harmony OS to phones and expanding it to other hardware-makers. It also reveals new headphones, watches and laptops.Sept. 4, 2020: FCC estimates it’ll cost $1.8B to remove Huawei, ZTE equipment from US networks.Aug. 24, 2020: India will quietly remove Huawei equipment from its networks as border tensions rise, a report says.Aug. 19, 2020: Huawei says its older Android phones will continue to get software and security updates even though its Google license has expired.Aug. 17, 2020: US tightens restrictions on Huawei’s access to American chips.Aug. 13, 2020: India takes steps to lock Huawei and ZTE out of its 5G rollout.July 30, 2020: Huawei takes Samsung’s crown to become world’s biggest phone maker, analyst says.July 29, 2020: Qualcomm settles long-running Huawei patent spat.July 20, 2020: China reportedly considers action against Nokia and Ericsson if EU bans Huawei.July 15, 2020: Trump administration hits Huawei workers with US visa restrictions.July 14, 2020: UK follows US in banning Huawei from its 5G network.July 3, 2020: Huawei brings Uber rival Bolt to its AppGallery store.June 30, 2020: Huawei and ZTE officially designated national security threats by FCC.June 25, 2020: Trump administration designates Huawei as backed by Chinese military.June 17, 2020: Huawei reveals which phones will get EMUI 10.1 update.June 15, 2020: Commerce Department lets US companies work with Huawei on developing 5G standards.June 10, 2020: NATO boss supports the UK’s review of Huawei’s role in its 5G rollout.June 9, 2020: Huawei insists it “grew up in the UK” and wants to play a significant role in the country’s 5G deployment.June 4, 2000: Documents reportedly reveal Huawei covered up ownership of Iranian affiliate in scheme to sell prohibited US tech.June 3, 2000: Canadian telecoms effectively lock Huawei out of country’s 5G development.June 2, 2020: US Senator Tom Cotton tells British politicians he thinks China is trying to use Huawei to “drive a hi-tech wedge between” America and the UK.June 1, 2020: Huawei reportedly turns to rival chipmakers to weather US clampdown.May 27, 2020: Huawei CFO loses case to dismiss extradition to the US.May 26, 2020: UK launches fresh probe into Huawei’s role in future 5G plans. Huawei announces partnership with Youtube rival Dailymotion.May 22, 2020: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reportedly looks to reduce Huawei’s role in country’s 5G networks.May 18, 2020: Huawei criticizes new US rules as “pernicious” and “arbitrary,” and China reportedly prepares to take “forceful countermeasures” against US tech companies.May 15, 2020: Commerce Department tightens export controls on Huawei, and extends Temporary General License for another 90 days.May 14, 2020: Trump extends executive order targeting Huawei for another year.May 7, 2020: US rule might let American companies work with Huawei on 5G.May 1, 2020: Huawei Australia’s carrier business drops 21% for 2019 as 5G ban bites.April 29, 2020: Huawei reportedly expands partnership with European chipmaker in the face of increasing US restrictions on suppliers.April 21, 2020: Huawei reports 1.4% revenue increase for the first quarter of 2020 as it grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. Also, senior British official reportedly says UK is unlikely to reconsider “firm” decision to allow Huawei access to non-sensitive parts of its 5G network.April 20, 2020: Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei downplays his influence over the company in a South China Morning Post profile.April 17, 2020: Chinese teaser video showcases Huawei’s Nova 7 phone series ahead April 23 reveal.April 15, 2020: BT delays removal of Huawei equipment from EE’s core network by two years.April 13, 2020: Huawei warns that disrupting its involvement in Britain’s 5G rollout would do the country “a disservice.”April 2, 2020: Huawei signs non-aggression patent pact as it joins Open Invention Network.March 31, 2020: Huawei reports smallest profit increase in three years as US ban takes its toll.March 27, 2020: Huawei reportedly starts working on cloud gaming platform with Tencent, the biggest games company in the world.March 26, 2020: Huawei reveals P40 Pro Plus, P40 Pro and P40, along with smart assistant Celia. Also, senior US officials reportedly agree on new rules to cut Huawei off from global chip suppliers.
Huawei unveils P40, P40 Pro and Pro Plus
March 24, 2020: Huawei P40 and P40 Pro apparently leak online ahead of launch.March 12, 2020: Trump signs law to prevent US rural telecom carriers from using Huawei network equipment, and France is reportedly planning to allow some Huawei gear in its 5G network.March 11, 2020: US officials reportedly postpone a meeting on potential new restrictions on sales of technology to Huawei and China, and the Commerce Department extends Huawei license through May 15.March 9, 2020: Huawei cancels P40 launch event due to coronavirus, and US envoy reportedly presses Canada over Huawei role in 5G network.March 6, 2020: Huawei reportedly projects major drop in phone sales amid US sanctions.March 4, 2020: Nokia and Ericsson pitch themselves to US lawmakers as Huawei 5G alternative. Also, Huawei pleads not guilty to new US criminal charges in 2018 case and FCC’s Brendan Carr says US “cannot treat Huawei as anything other than a threat to our collective security.”March 3, 2020: US senators urge UK to reconsider use of Huawei gear in its 5G network.March 2, 2020: Leaked documents reportedly reveal Huawei’s role in shipping prohibited US gear to Iran.Related story: Huawei P40 Pro specs, P40 Pro Plus and P40 vs. P30 Pro and Mate 30 Pro: What’s new and what’s different?Feb. 28, 2020: Huawei will spend €200 million on new 5G plant in France.Feb. 27, 2020: FCC starts collecting data on Huawei use in US networks, and Senate passes bill banning government purchases of Huawei gear.Feb. 26, 2020: Officials from Huawei and Defense Department spar at cybersecurity panel.Feb. 24, 2020: Huawei will launch its P40 Pro in Paris on March 26, its upgraded Mate XS foldable will be available outside China and the company is bringing a new tablet, speaker and green MateBook X Pro laptop to Europe. And Trump reportedly accuses British Prime Minister Boris Johnson of “betrayal” in a heated phone call about Huawei 5G decision.Feb. 23, 2020: Google warns people against sideloading its apps on Huawei’s P40 phones.Feb. 21, 2020: The White House reportedly is planning a 5G summit to combat Huawei.Feb. 20, 2020: Huawei makes an aggressive 5G infrastructure product pitch to European nations.Feb. 18, 2020: A judge dismisses a Huawei suit challenging the US government’s equipment ban.Feb. 14, 2020: Huawei gets another 45-day reprieve from Commerce Department.Feb. 13, 2020: The Justice Department charges Huawei with racketeering and theft of trade secrets.Feb. 11, 2020: The US reportedly finds Huawei has backdoor access to mobile networks globally.Feb. 7, 2020: Attorney General William Barr suggests that US take a “controlling stake” in Ericsson or Nokia to counter Huawei.Feb, 6, 2020: Huawei hits Verizon with lawsuits alleging patent infringement, and it’ll reportedly join forces with Vivo and Oppo against Google Play Store.Feb. 5, 2020: Vodafone says implementing UK and European Huawei restrictions could take five years.Feb. 3, 2020: Huawei asks FCC to drop national “unlawful and misguided” security risk label, and updates its “ultralight” MateBook D laptops.Jan. 30, 2020: Australian politicians dismiss talk of revisiting Huawei 5G ban.Jan. 29, 2020: EU allows Huawei for 5G, but warns states to limit core network access.Jan. 28, 2020: UK gives Huawei the green light to build the country’s non-core 5G network, with some limitations, while an analyst says Huawei is the world’s top 5G phone vendor.Jan. 24, 2020: The Pentagon reportedly blocked even tighter rules on US companies selling to Huawei.Jan. 23, 2020: Huawei postpones its China developers conference due to deadly coronavirus outbreak.Jan. 20, 2020: Huawei will use TomTom’s navigation software and data after losing Google Maps.Jan. 16, 2020: Huawei Mate XS foldable phone will reportedly be cheaper and smaller, while images of purported Huawei P40 Pro hint at many camera features.Jan. 15, 2020: Huawei shipped nearly 7 million 5G phones last year, and it’s reportedly spending $26 million courting developers to build apps for its phones.Jan. 14, 2020: The US presses British officials to block Huawei from its 5G network, and US senators propose over $1B in 5G subsidies to counter Huawei dominance.Jan. 9, 2020: Sen. Tom Cotton unveils a bill to stop the US from sharing intelligence with countries that use Huawei 5G technology.Jan. 7, 2020: Huawei is allowed to participate in India’s 5G trial phase.Read more: China wants to dominate the most important tech of our time2019Dec. 31, 2019: Huawei boosted phone sales in 2019 but predicts a “difficult” 2020.Dec. 26, 2019: Huawei rebuts suggestions that Chinese state support drove its growth.Dec. 20, 2019: Huawei’s new P40 Pro rumored to have 10x optical zoom.Dec. 19, 2019: Greenland opts for Sweden’s Ericsson over Huawei for 5G rollout.Dec. 18, 2019: Huawei opens 5G innovation center in London.Dec. 17, 2019: Huawei will launch the P40 Pro in March without Google support, and Spain’s Telefonica says it’ll drastically reduce Huawei gear use for its core 5G network.Dec. 16, 2019: US House of Representatives passes bill barring government from buying Huawei gear. Dec. 15, 2019: Norway’s Telenor says Huawei will still play a role in the country’s 5G rollout.Dec. 13, 2019: Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou wins court order to receive documents for her arrest and extradition.Dec. 8, 2019: Huawei will bring Harmony OS to more products next year, but not phones.Dec. 5, 2019: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson takes selfie with Huawei phone after hinting at ban.Dec. 4, 2019: Huawei slams FCC’s new restrictions as unconstitutional in legal challenge.Dec. 3, 2019: Huawei cut US components out of Mate 30 in wake of Trump’s ban, and US judge disqualifies Huawei lawyer from fraud and sanctions case, citing conflict of interest.Dec. 2, 2019: Huawei predicts Australia’s 5G ban will force it to cut 1,500 jobs.
What is going on between Huawei and the US?
Nov. 29, 2019: Huawei will apparently fight the FCC decision to exclude it from federal subsidies.Nov. 26, 2019: Huawei and Samsung see jump in phone sales for third quarter, while others see decline.Nov. 25, 2019: Huawei unveils its iPad Pro rival, the MatePad Pro, for China.Nov. 22, 2019: The FCC bars Huawei and ZTE from billions in federal subsidies, while senators want Trump to halt licenses that let US companies sell to Huawei.Nov. 21, 2019: Microsoft scores license to export software to Huawei.
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Nov. 20, 2019: Huawei Mate X’s folding screen costs $1,000 to fix.Nov. 19, 2019: Huawei says US license extension doesn’t change the fact that it’s being treated unfairly.Nov. 12, 2019: Huawei is reportedly giving staff $286 million in bonuses for sticking through US ban.Nov. 8, 2019: Trump’s tech chief slams countries for “opening their arms” to Huawei.Nov. 7, 2019: Huawei founder says the company’s coping fine with the US trade ban, but stresses the need for open collaboration.Nov. 5, 2019: Hungary will reportedly work with Huawei in building its 5G network.Nov. 4, 2019: US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says licenses allowing US companies to sell equipment to Huawei “will be forthcoming very shortly.” Nov. 1, 2019: Huawei might be working on an iPad Pro-style tablet.Related story: Huawei Watch GT 2e gets a sporty look, new health features.Oct. 31, 2019: The UK general election has apparently delayed the decision on giving Huawei access to the UK’s 5G network again. Also, Huawei ships 66.7 million phones in 2019’s third quarter.Oct. 28, 2019: The Federal Communications Commission says it’ll cut off funding to wireless carriers using Huawei and ZTE equipment.
Oct. 23, 2019: Huawei launches the Mate X foldable phone in China and celebrates hitting 200 million phone shipments two months sooner than it did last year. Also, the company’s cybersecurity chief says it’d be easier to bribe telecom staff than build backdoors into networks.Oct. 21, 2019: A Huawei executive acknowledges the company’s struggling without Google support.Oct. 16, 2019: Huawei sold a whole bunch of phones despite the US ban, while a Mate X unboxing video hints at the foldable phone’s imminent release. Also, Germany caused an uproar with draft network security rules that would let Huawei work on its 5G networks.Oct. 15, 2019: Huawei and Sunrise co-build a 5G research center in Switzerland.Oct. 9, 2019: Trump is reportedly ready to approve sales of US goods to Huawei.Oct. 4, 2019: Malaysian telecom Maxis signs up with Huawei for 5G.Oct. 2, 2019: Huawei Mate 30 phones apparently lose backdoor access to Google apps.Related story: Can Huawei Mate 30 Pro’s camera beat iPhone 11’s? These photos speak for themselves. Sept. 30, 2019: Huawei opens flagship store in Shenzhen.Sept. 26, 2019: Huawei apparently is making 5G base stations without US parts, and Norway says it won’t ban the company from its 5G rollout.Sept. 19, 2019: Huawei unveils the Mate 30 Pro phone, Watch GT 2 and Vision TV during an event in Munich. Sept. 18, 2019: Huawei urges Australia to embrace Chinese products during its “explosion of innovation,” and its Mate 30 event lineup apparently leaks a day early.Sept. 12, 2019: Huawei’s founder is ready to sell his company’s 5G tech to a Western buyer. Separately, Huawei is selling MateBook laptops with Linux preinstalled in China.Sept. 10, 2019: Huawei drops a lawsuit against the US government after its telecom equipment is returned.Sept. 9, 2019: Microsoft President Brad Smith wants the US government to offer more evidence to back up its Huawei ban. Also, US prosecutors charge a Chinese professor with fraud for allegedly taking a California company’s tech for Huawei’s benefit.Sept. 8, 2019: Huawei’s Mate X foldable phone could go on sale in October.Sept. 6, 2019: Huawei skirts US ban with “new” P30 Pro, but only the colors are new. It also shows off the 5G Kirin 990 chip that’ll power its Mate 30.Sept. 3, 2019: Huawei accuses US of using cyberattacks and threats to disrupt its business. It also intends to give universities $300 million annually despite the US trade ban.Sept. 2, 2019: Huawei announces that the Mate 30 series launches Sept. 19.
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Aug 27, 2019: US reportedly receives more than 130 requests for Huawei licenses, but none have been issued yet. Also, new Huawei phones reportedly won’t be able to use Android.Aug. 23, 2019: Huawei reckons the US ban will cost its phone division $10 billion, and sheds 100 Australian jobs after being banned from country’s 5G rollout.Aug. 22, 2019: Huawei says it has no plans to launch a Harmony-powered phone. Related story: HarmonyOS: What’s with Huawei’s Android-replacement operating system? Aug. 19, 2019: US Commerce Department extends reprieve allowing companies to work with Huawei.Aug. 18, 2019: Trump says he doesn’t want to do business with Huawei due to the “national security threat” it represents.Aug. 16, 2019: Huawei’s founder expresses confidence that UK “won’t say no to us” in its 5G rollout.Aug. 15, 2019: Huawei pushes back the launch of its Mate X again, and might be working on its own version of Google Maps.Aug. 14, 2019: Huawei is apparently researching 6G wireless internet connectivity.Aug. 13, 2019: India remains undecided on letting Huawei sell its 5G networking equipment in the country.Aug. 9, 2019: Huawei unveils its Android replacement “Harmony,” while Trump says the US won’t do business with Huawei.Aug. 7, 2019: Trump administration says it’ll ban government from doing business with Huawei, and Republican senators target Google over Huawei project.Aug. 6, 2019: Huawei Twitter poll reveals its followers think it’s owned by the Chinese government, but people on Facebook disagree.Aug. 4, 2019: Huawei will reportedly release a cheap phone powered by its Hongmeng OS in late 2019.July 31, 2019: Huawei beat iPhone with 17% global market share in 2019’s second quarter, research firm said.July 30, 2019: Huawei reported revenue surge despite US ban, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Trump administration could decide on licenses allowing Huawei sales by next week.July 29, 2019: Huawei and Google were reportedly working on a smart speaker before ban.July 26, 2019: Chinese authorities suspect FedEx illegally held back over 100 Huawei packages, report said.July 25, 2019: Electronics company reportedly “seized” $100M of Huawei goods following US ban.July 24, 2019: United Arab Emirates telecom says US ban on Huawei isn’t an issue for its 5G network. July 23, 2019: Huawei lays off more than 600 US workers due to blacklisting.July 22, 2019: Leaked documents suggested that Huawei secretly helped build North Korea’s wireless network. Also, the White House gathering tech execs for a meeting where Trump reportedly said Huawei licensing deals will be “timely.”July 19, 2019: Huawei says Hongmeng OS isn’t designed as an Android replacement.July 16, 2019: Bipartisan group of senators introduces 5G legislation that would keep Huawei blacklisted.July 15, 2019: Canada may wait until after October elections to decide on Huawei ban, while the US will reportedly let Huawei sell to companies within weeks. Also, Huawei reportedly plans major layoffs at its US research labs.July 9, 2019: US will allow licensed sales to Huawei, but it remains blacklisted.July 7, 2019: Huawei CEO says its HongMeng OS alternative is ‘likely’ faster than Android, but needs its own app store.July 4, 2019: US government tries to get Huawei lawsuit thrown out.July 3, 2019: Huawei remains on Commerce Department’s blacklist despite Trump’s latest decision.July 2, 2019: Huawei reportedly isn’t sure about using Android in future phones.July 1, 2019: Trump official says eased Huawei restrictions only apply to widely available products.June 29, 2019: Trump decides to lift some restrictions on US companies selling to Huawei.June 27, 2019: Huawei employees worked on Chinese military research projects, according to a report from Bloomberg.June 25, 2019: US companies are reportedly bypassing the Trump ban on sales to Huawei, while FedEx is suing the Commerce Department over the diversion of Huawei packages.June 24, 2019: Huawei says it’ll increase its 5G investment in spite of US ban, while attorneys for its imprisoned CFO have asked for the US extradition request to be withdrawn. Also, an FCC commissioner wants Huawei gear out of US networks, and the Trump administration reportedly is thinking about requiring domestic 5G equipment to be made outside China.June 21, 2019: Huawei unveils a trio of new Nova 5 phones in China as US tensions simmer, and its Mate X foldable phone will reportedly launch by September. The US also blacklists five more Chinese tech companies.June 19, 2019: Huawei’s CEO isn’t worried about $30 billion revenue hit from US ban.June 18, 2019: Huawei boss predicts $30B revenue hit from US ban, but Microsoft starts selling its laptops again.June 13, 2019: Chinese ambassador warns Britain that excluding Huawei from 5G sends a “bad signal.”June 12, 2019: Huawei reportedly moves to trademark its own OS, and apparently chases Verizon for $1B in patent licensing fees.June 11, 2019: Huawei says it’ll need more time to become world’s biggest phone seller and reportedly delays announcement of its new laptop indefinitely. June 10, 2019: Huawei reportedly asks app developers to publish on its AppGallery store, and a White House official apparently wants to delay the US government’s Huawei ban.June 7, 2019: Facebook stops letting Huawei preinstall its apps, and Google reportedly warns the Trump administration that its Huawei ban creates a national security risk. Also, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s extradition hearing is set for January 2020.June 6, 2019: Russian telecom agrees to let Huawei develop country’s 5G network, while China gives Huawei a boost by issuing 5G licenses.June 5, 2019: Huawei chairman says company would sign a “no-spy” deal with US.June 4, 2019: Huawei trade secrets trial reportedly kicks off in Texas.June 3, 2019: Science publisher IEEE reverses its week-old ban on Huawei scientists reviewing technical papers.June 2, 2019: Huawei reportedly strips back production of phones amid US crackdown.
May 31, 2019: Huawei reportedly orders employees to cancel US meetings, mirrors Consumer Technology Association’s criticism of Trump’s plans to impose higher tariffs on imported Mexican goods.May 30, 2019: Huawei membership restored by SD Association and Wi-Fi Alliance, while it quietly launches its 5G lab in the shadow of the US ban. Also, its wearables shipments quadruple in first quarter.May 29, 2019: Huawei asks court to rule US ban unconstitutional.May 28, 2019: Huawei reportedly plans to bring OS to China later this year, internationally in 2020.May 26, 2019: Huawei’s founder says he’d “be the first to protest” if China retaliated against Apple.May 24, 2019: Huawei’s operating system may be called “Hongmeng,” while Amazon Japan reportedly stops selling its devices.May 23, 2019: US reportedly accuses Huawei of lying about Chinese ties.May 22, 2019: Chip designer Arm ditches Huawei, while Mate 20 X gets dropped from UK 5G launch.May 21, 2019: Huawei reportedly wants its app store to compete with Google’s.May 20, 2019: Huawei gets a temporary reprieve from the US trade ban, prompting Google to revive work temporarily.May 19, 2019: Google cuts off Huawei phones from future Android updates.May 16, 2019: Huawei says US ban will ‘significantly harm’ American jobs and companies.May 15, 2019: Trump effectively bans Huawei with a national security order.May 8, 2019: 5G rollout may face a delay in UK over Huawei investigations.May 3, 2019: Countries draft 5G security proposals as the US warns again of Huawei’s threat.May 2, 2019: A Huawei leak prompts the sacking of UK defense minister Gavin Williamson.May 1, 2019: Huawei hits 50% growth in phone sales and reportedly has an 8K 5G TV in the works for later this year.April 30, 2019: Vodafone found hidden backdoors in Huawei equipment, according to a report.April 24, 2019: Britain will reportedly allow Huawei limited access to 5G infrastructure. Several days later, China pushes Britain to let Huawei be part of 5G rollout.April 21, 2019: The CIA reportedly says Huawei is funded by Chinese state security.April 11, 2019: Google and Huawei will pay Nexus 6P owners for bootloop issues in class-action lawsuit.April 9, 2019: The US reportedly no longer demands a Huawei ban in Germany.April 8, 2019: Huawei is “open” to selling its 5G chips to Apple, says report.April 4, 2019: Huawei sets new goals to overtake Samsung and Apple, and MIT severs links with Huawei and ZTE due to US investigations.
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March 29, 2019: Huawei slams US for having “a loser’s attitude” because its tech can’t compete.March 28, 2019: British watchdog warns that Huawei products represent “significantly increased risk.”March 26, 2019: Huawei launches the P30 and P30 Pro in Paris.March 19, 2019: Angela Merkel pushes back against US pressure to bar Huawei from Germany’s 5G rollout.March 15, 2019: Huawei’s CFO wanted to quit before arrest, according to the company’s founder.March 14, 2019: Huawei is developing its own OS in case it can’t use Android or Windows, report says.March 12, 2019: US reportedly tells Germany to drop Huawei or it’ll limit intelligence sharing. The Huawei Mate 20 hits 10 million shipped.March 8, 2019: Huawei sues the US government over its equipment ban.March 5, 2019: Huawei reportedly calls for international cybersecurity standards.March 1, 2019: An extradition hearing for Huawei’s CFO gets the go-ahead from Canada, and the US warns the Philippines against using Huawei 5G gear.
Huawei shows off new laptop, speaker and tablet for Europe
Feb. 28, 2019: Chinese kids literally sing Huawei’s praises in surreal video.Feb. 26, 2019: Samsung and Huawei settle 2-year-old patent dispute.Feb. 25, 2019: Huawei could face a solar tech ban in the US.Feb. 24, 2019: Huawei unveils the Mate X foldable phone.Feb. 22, 2019: Italian politicians reportedly push for Huawei 5G ban.Feb. 21, 2019: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says countries using Huawei tech pose a risk to the US.Feb. 20-21, 2019: Ren Zhengfei says that the arrest of his daughter, the company’s CFO, was “politically motivated and that the US treats 5G like “military” tech.Feb. 19, 2019: Ren tells the BBC “there’s no way the US can crush us.”Feb. 17, 2019: The UK reportedly concludes that using Huawei in 5G is a manageable risk.Feb. 6, 2019: US State Department discourages European countries from using Huawei equipment in their 5G rollouts.Feb. 4, 2019: A report says the FBI raided a Huawei lab and set up a CES sting. Also, two of the company’s staff were expelled from Denmark after a work permit inspection.
The charges unsealed today clearly allege that Huawei intentionally conspired to steal the intellectual property of an American company.
FBI Director Christopher Wray, Jan. 29, 2019
Jan. 30, 2019: Qualcomm reaches an interim licensing agreement with Huawei.Jan. 29, 2019: US hammers Huawei with 23 indictments for alleged trade secret theft and fraud.Jan. 25, 2019: Colleges reportedly drop Huawei equipment to appease the Trump administration. Also, Huawei says it’ll reveal a foldable phone with 5G in February.Jan. 24, 2019: Huawei reportedly says it’ll take the smartphone crown from Samsung by 2020.Jan. 23, 2019: Huawei’s CFO may face formal extradition to the US, report says.Jan. 18, 2019: China says a Canadian ban on Huawei’s 5G tech will trigger “repercussions.”Jan. 11, 2019: In Poland, a Huawei employee gets arrested over alleged spying.Three days later, Huawei sacks that employee.Jan. 8, 2019: Huawei fights to stay in the US with laptops and tablets at CES.Jan. 4, 2019: Senators introduce a bipartisan bill to address concerns about Chinese tech companies.Jan. 3, 2019: A report suggests that President Trump may use an executive order to ban Huawei and ZTE purchases.Read: Huawei could survive without Android, but not very well2018Dec. 24, 2018: Huawei exceeds 200 million smartphone shipments.Dec. 12, 2018: A Canadian court grants Huawei’s CFO $10 million bail.Dec. 7, 2018: Reuters reports that Japan will stop buying Huawei, ZTE equipment.Dec. 6, 2018: Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is arrested in Canada at the request of the US.Dec. 5, 2018: Britain’s BT says it’ll strip Huawei equipment from 4G network by 2021 and won’t use it in 5G core.Oct. 18, 2018: Huawei tussles with US startup CNEX Labs over theft of technology.
Sept. 7, 2018: Huawei gets caught cheating on a phone benchmark test.Sept. 5, 2018: In a Senate hearing on Facebook and Twitter, Huawei and ZTE get called out.Aug. 1, 2018: Knocking off Apple, Huawei becomes the No. 2 phone seller.July 19, 2018: Huawei crosses 100 million shipments mark for the year to date.July 11, 2018: Australia says it’ll ban Huawei from 5G rollout amid security concerns.June 7, 2018: Congress calls out Google over its ties with Huawei.June 6, 2018: A report reveals that Facebook gave Huawei special access to user data.May 2, 2018: The Pentagon bans the sale of Huawei and ZTE phones on US military bases.March 22, 2018: Huawei loses Best Buy as retail partner.Feb. 13, 2018: FBI Director Chris Wray warns against buying Huawei and ZTE phones.Jan. 9, 2018: At CES, Huawei CEO Richard Yu addresses the loss of AT&T support.