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This week in Android: HUAWEI is in hot water

Hauwei is in trouble with the United States, and it's not pretty. Plus, we get a glimpse at our portless and buttonless future.

Published onFebruary 3, 2019

HUAWEI CES 2019 booth Logo

We could pretend there was another top story this week, but that would be ridiculous. HUAWEI is in trouble, as the United States has formally indicted the company and its CFO with 13 different counts.  These charges include money laundering, obstruction of justice, and sanction violations. Meng is currently awaiting extradition to the United States to face these charges, and China has respondedHUAWEI is kind of a big deal in China, which means it’s a big deal for the U.S.

In other news, Meizu and Vivo are both looking to bring buttonless and portless phones to the masses. We’re not so sure that’s a good idea, but Apple seems to be leaning that way as well. Frankly, that scares us — we all know what happens when Apple does something drastic in the smartphone market.

Here are your top stories for the week

1:55 – HUAWEI is facing a 13-count indictment including bank fraud by the U.S.

The U.S. has taken a firm anti-HUAWEI stance for the past few years, and now we know why. China is responding, but should we worry?

The front and back of the Meizu Zero.

Meizu (and Vivo) are pushing forward to a portless future, but we’re not so sure that’s a good thing. Actually, we’re pretty sure it sucks.

42:25 – Gary Explains: How much RAM does your phone REALLY need in 2019?

Your RAM determines how many apps you can have open simultaneously on your phone. But how much is enough? Please, let Gary explain.

Meanwhile, here are some stories we couldn’t cover on the podcast

Rumor: LG V50 to be company’s first 5G smartphone, coming at MWC 2019

LG may be planning on launching a V-series phone in March for the first time since the brand was created. It might be LG’s first 5G phone.

Samsung Galaxy M20 review: Finally a credible threat to Xiaomi

Samsung is taking on the budget phone space with a great offering for the price. Will the Galaxy M20 take on Xiaomi and HONOR for your budget bucks?

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Leaked Render

This is probably what the Galaxy S10 will look like. Triple cameras, and maybe even a headphone jack?

Apple earnings call: Cook admits ‘price is a factor’ in falling iPhone sales

Apple didn’t make as much money as it wanted to last quarter, but I mean, can’t we all say the same thing?

FaceTime eavesdropping bug is a blow to privacy-touting Apple

And speaking of Apple, the champion of device privacy, FaceTime had a bug where a caller could listen in on another phone without permission.

HONOR View 20 screen

It’s a brand new year and we have a lot of great phones to look forward to this year. Which one are you most excited about?

Facebook is paying people to install an invasive app

Facebook was caught distributing an app that gave Facebook total access to every part of a user’s phone. Google did something similar, but Facebook got in more trouble for it.

Pocophone F1 tested by DxOMark: Do you get what you pay for?

The POCOphone F1 went through DxOMark’s camera testing. The results were not particularly surprising for this $320 phone.

Who wants to win a Google Pixel 3?

This week, we’re giving away a brand new Google Pixel 3Enter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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