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[Update: 8 more banks] Google Pay adds 57 US banks and credit unions to its already enormous support list

Even though Google Pay is already supported by around 2,000 banks, Google somehow keeps finding new banks and credit unions to add. 14 more banks and credit unions in the US have been added with this update, though we fully expect to see even more in the coming weeks.

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Smartphone-only internet use in US has doubled in six years

Broadband internet can be downright dismal in many households in the United States — pricey speed tiers and usage quotas tend to cripple the experience. On the other hand, cellular carriers are pouring in money towards speedy 5G and smartphone use is on the rise for a variety of other reasons. All of this to say that it's no surprise the Pew Research Center has come out with its latest Mobile Technology and Home Broadband survey findings which point a doubling over 6 years in the number of U.S. adults using the internet solely on smartphones.

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[Update: A50 Verizon sales] Samsung is finally bringing one of its good mid-range smartphones to the US

A cheap triple-camera phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor and a headphone jack? The Galaxy A50 is just exactly that. It's been doing the rounds in Eurasia for three months at this point and is due to hit one carrier starting this Thursday, June 13, for a pretty darn decent price. And if that weren't enough, the United States is also bound to take on the Galaxy A20 and A10e as well in later weeks.

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Google reinstates Huawei entry on Android Q Beta site

After banning U.S. exporters from supplying product to Huawei, the Department of Commerce has put a hold to that ban for 90 days. But in some cases, the damage done to that company's supply chain relationships remains — most of the chip and software vendors that pulled away have stayed away. That said, the Chinese tech manufacturer remains a partner with Google in delivering the Android Q Beta program to its constituent developers. While Google decided to pull acknowledgement of Huawei's participation on its webpage last week, it has since reversed that decision.

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Senate passes anti-robocalling bill as FCC prepares to vote on new rules next month

The FCC is expected to vote on new rules against robocalling during its next open meeting on June 6. In the lead-up to that decision, the Senate has taken up one of its own to lay out the groundwork for how the FCC will carry out its intentions. The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act passed yesterday by a vote of 97-1.

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[Update: Chip supplier not worried] Future of Huawei’s Kirin chips threatened as ARM ceases working relationship with the company

Just a few days after the US added Huawei to its "Entity List," things are continuing to go south for the Chinese manufacturer. The demise began with Google announcing it would put an end to its partnership with the company, and continued with major chip manufacturers blacklisting it. Although Huawei is trying to mitigate the first issue by working on an in-house operating system, hardware related bans are much more complex to overcome. To make things worse, ARM has just asked its employees to stop working with the Chinese tech giant, which puts the company's Kirin chips at risk.

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Huawei is already looking for a Play Store replacement, talking to Aptoide

After the US added Huawei to its Entity list, Google and several other companies have announced they would stop doing business with the Chinese manufacturer. This creates a myriad of issues for them, linked to both its hardware production, but also its software environment. Indeed, being denied access to the Play Store means Huawei needs a fallback solution. One of the options the company is exploring is to use an in-house operating system, but reports indicate it's also in talks with alternative app store Aptoide.

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Huawei's alternative OS to Android set to roll out as early as fall

In March, amid a tightening trade war between the U.S. and China, Huawei consumer group CEO Richard Yu told Die Welt that it had a backup OS ready to deploy if it could not use Android for any reason. That reason came last week when the Department of Commerce effectively enacted an import ban against the world's second-largest smartphone brand by volume, blocking millions of phones from receiving software updates. Though the ban has been placed on hold until mid-August, Yu has now laid out a deployment plan for that backup OS.

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[Update: Google to resume patches] Huawei granted temporary reprieve from US import ban, suppliers and clients relieved of havoc for now

The Department of Commerce has announced a 90-day reprieve to an import ban against Chinese manufacturer Huawei. The company now has a Temporary General License to engage with U.S. vendors on a limited basis — in this case, Google will be allowed to provide software updates to Huawei for its Android phones while Huawei's component suppliers will be able to finish deliveries for previously-made orders. It will also give telcos dependent on Huawei products time to potentially find alternative solutions.

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[Update x3: Official Huawei/Honor statement] Future Huawei phones reportedly won't have access to Google services, including the Play Store

Last week, the United States added Huawei to its 'Entity List', meaning US companies can't do business with Huawei without explicit government approval. A report from Reuters claims Google is ceasing most partnerships with Huawei, and future phones from the company won't have access to the Play Store and other services.

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