This Week in Mobile is a weekly podcast available on Apple iTunes or Google Play where I bring you up to speed on the top mobile news stories of the week:
After almost killing Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer ZTE - which sold over 40 million smartphones last year, and half of that in the U.S. - after banning U.S. companies to sell it components, Donald Trump now wants to save it. At this point, it's hard to know what's next for ZTE as the issue has now become a political football, but we expect ZTE to be fined again and not allowed to sell its products in the U.S. for some time.
After being alerted by U.S. database company Oracle, Australian regulator is investigating Google for collecting data from millions of Android users, sending an average of 1GB of personal data without the users knowing it, but who end up being charged for it by their local mobile operator. And that, even if there's no SIM card installed on a phone or if the phone is connected or not to the Internet. If Oracle's allegations happen to be true, Google would have built one the creepiest spying system ever.
Chinese manufacturer OnePlus launched its latest flagship phone, the affordable premium OnePlus 6, with high-end specs and starting at the incredibly low price of $529, a whopping $300 less than rival Samsung S9+. It's the cheapest smartphone available today on the market with Qualcomm's top of the line Snapdragon 845 processor. However, the OnePlus 6 is not certified IP68, although the company said that it's water-resistant, and doesn't support wireless charging. Other than that, if you have $500 and want an amazing Android phone, the OnePlus 6 is the one.
Huawei's smartphone sub-brand Honor launched the Honor 10 in Europe for just 400€ (~$471). For the price of a mid-range phone, the Honor 10 has the same amazing high-end specs than the Huawei P20 - including a front and rear 24MP camera, however not a Leica-branded one - Huawei's current top of the line which costs $300 more! It quickly sold out in several European countries but no date yet for its availability in the U.S.
Nokia launched in China the X6 budget phone, its first phone that comes with an upper display notch, and equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636. Priced at about $200, the X6 is a great entry-level phone and most likely the cheapest one available with a Qualcomm chip inside.
HTC is about to unveil the U12+ and it's disappointing. With a large top and bottom bezel, the design of the Taiwanese's company upcoming phone looks so outdated despite the device's 2 front-facing cameras and is no competition for the OnePlus 6.
App of the Week: V360 is the only free app (for Android and iOS) that lets you edit 360-degrees videos right on your smartphone.
Joining me this week to discuss these top mobile news stories is tech veteran Eric Leandri, the co-founder and CEO of search-engine Qwant, and Etienne Leroy, the co-founder of V360 and OpenFrame, our App of the Week.