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(Bloomberg) -- One of the nation’s largest drug store chains and a shipping service giant are joining forces, with Alphabet Inc.’s Wing to begin a first-of-its-kind drone delivery service in October.Walgreens, FedEx Corp. and Wing, an offshoot of Google that was the first U.S. drone operator to receive partial certification as an airline, will begin the exploratory deliveries in the small town of Christiansburg, Virginia, the companies said in an announcement Thursday.The companies aim to go beyond the small-scale delivery demonstrations that have occurred so far in the U.S., typically under controlled environments conducted over short ranges, they said.“Wing has spent the last seven years developing a delivery drone and navigation system for this purpose,” Chief Executive Officer James Ryan Burgess said in the release. “By delivering small packages directly to homes through the air in minutes, and making a wide range of medicine, food and other products available to customers, we will demonstrate what we expect safer, faster, cleaner local delivery to look like in the future.”Read more: Amazon Poised to Test Chopper-Plane Mashup for Drone DeliveriesThe announcement is a sign of the rapid maturation of the drone industry, as multiple titans of industry race to find their place in what could become a transforming technology. At the same time, the U.S. government hasn’t created a regulatory structure or formal safety standards for small, low-flying drone operations, so such demonstrations continue to be conducted using waivers to existing rules.Wing has conducted demonstrations of how its deliveries would work before, including lowering a Popsicle to a toddler in Virginia last year. But the project with Walgreens and FedEx is designed to send actual merchandise to customers on a far bigger scale.The demonstration project is being conducted near the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and is associated with the Mid-Atlantic Partnership, one of the groups selected by the U.S. government as testing entities for drone commerce. While there is growing demand for using drones to deliver goods and to perform many industrial functions, the Federal Aviation Administration is still in the process of developing regulations to govern them.Robotic RaceWing is one of the leading companies in the race toward having robotic unmanned craft zip through the sky to people’s homes to drop off goods, and has received waivers to allow longer-range flights.Amazon.com Inc. and United Parcel Service Inc. are also developing their delivery services. A number of smaller companies, including Flirtey Inc. and Zipline International Inc., are either doing demonstration projects or have made deliveries in other countries.The partnership between Wing, Walgreens and FedEx has benefits for all three in the race to exploit the drone economy.Walgreens, a division of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., and other large drugstore chains have seen their sales chipped away at by Amazon and other online retailers, as the convenience of a brick-and-mortar pharmacy a short drive away has been supplanted by a package delivered to a customer’s front door. Amazon has also moved into the prescription drug business, offering patients conveniently-packaged pills through its PillPack unit.Drugstores Fight BackIn response, the drugstore chains have begun offering competing services to defend themselves. Walgreens offers a delivery service for prescriptions, and has partnered with FedEx to use its stores as package drop-off points. It’s also partnered with Kroger Co. on a pilot program for customers to pick up groceries at Walgreens stores.The partnership with Wing gives FedEx leverage to compete against UPS, which is using the small flying devices for revenue-generating health-care deliveries, such as blood samples, within a hospital campus in North Carolina.UPS is also seeking FAA authorization to operate like a small airline and expects to get that designation soon. UPS Chief Executive Officer David Abney has said the focus of drone deliveries would be the health-care industry at first, and then expand from there.(Updates with other companies in ninth paragraph.)\--With assistance from Drew Armstrong.To contact the reporters on this story: Alan Levin in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org;Thomas Black in Dallas at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jon Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org, Elizabeth Wasserman, Ros KrasnyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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(Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg is defending his company’s practices to some of his harshest critics in Washington over their concerns that he isn’t taking strong enough action to prevent voter manipulation on the platform ahead of the 2020 presidential election.“Mr. Zuckerberg acknowledged that self-regulation is not going to cut it,” Senator Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee said Thursday on Bloomberg Television. “I think he realizes that the status quo and the days of the wild, wild West are over.”Warner, a Virginia Democrat, and Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, dined Wednesday evening with Zuckerberg in Washington along with other lawmakers.Warner helped organize the dinner with lawmakers at Facebook’s request, according to Rachel Cohen, a Warner spokeswoman. They discussed a wide range of issues “including the role and responsibility of social media platforms in protecting our democracy, and what steps Congress should take to defend our elections, protect consumer data, and encourage competition in the social media space,” Cohen said in a statement.Republican Senator Josh Hawley, who recently proposed limiting a liability exemption for tech companies, was scheduled to meet with Zuckerberg Thursday afternoon.“I’ve been pretty vocal, it’s fair to say, in my concerns about Facebook,” Hawley said. “I look forward to hearing what he has to say, he asked for the meeting.”Zuckerberg’s visit to the nation’s capital comes as Facebook battles criticism from lawmakers over its handling of users’ personal information, the proliferation of violent content and election interference by foreign operatives. In response to the growing scrutiny, Zuckerberg has called for the passage of baseline regulations governing harmful content online.Democratic lawmakers have attacked Facebook’s handling of political content, including the way foreign operators have used the platform to sow discord in American public life. A report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller described how a Russian entity “carried out a social media campaign that favored presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaged presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.”Blumenthal said in a statement that he also had a “serious conversation” with Zuckerberg at the dinner, which took place at Ris, an upscale American bistro, about the “challenges of privacy” facing Facebook, which has been ensnared in controversy over the way it has shared users’ information with third parties.“It’s no secret that I’ve been a tough critic of Facebook, so I was glad for the opportunity to discuss my concerns directly with Mr. Zuckerberg,” he said.Zuckerberg also met with Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington state, in her office Wednesday evening and discussed election security and data privacy, including California’s privacy bill going into effect in January, according to a person familiar with the matter. Cantwell is the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee, which is weighing privacy legislation.Zuckerberg is also scheduled to meet with House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff of California on Friday, said another person familiar with the matter.“One of the most pressing issues for me is the threat posed by deepfake technology and it’s potential misuse during the presidential campaign,” Schiff said in an interview with Bloomberg Government.Senator Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, was unable to meet with Zuckerberg due to Moran’s travels plans, but plans to meet with the CEO next time he is in Washington, a senior Senate aide said.Zuckerberg isn’t meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to a person familiar with the matter. Democrats castigated the company earlier this year after it failed to remove a doctored video of Pelosi. She has snubbed at least two meetings with him, Bloomberg has reported. He also isn’t meeting several high-profile Republicans who are working on a federal privacy bill, including Senator Roger Wicker. Marsha Blackburn said he’d reached out to her but her travel schedule didn’t allow a meeting.Zuckerberg doesn’t appear to be meeting with government officials conducting inquiries. The Federal Trade Commission has opened an antitrust probe of the company, and New York is leading a coalition of states in a wide-ranging investigation of the social media giant. In July, Facebook agreed to pay $5 billion to settle FTC allegations it violated users’ privacy.The House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee is also investigating competition issues in the technology industry. Last week, the panel sent a letter to Facebook seeking information about its acquisitions as well as communications from Zuckerberg, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, former general counsel Colin Stretch and policy chief Kevin Martin.On Wednesday, lawmakers from the Senate Commerce Committee grilled executives from Facebook, Twitter Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google over the spread of extremism and violence on digital platforms.The company is trying to win over lawmakers threatening to stymie its launch of a new digital currency called Libra that its executives say can lower costs and expand access to the banking system in developing countries. The project faced bipartisan scorn during congressional hearings in July, even leading to legislative proposals that would kill it.\--With assistance from Billy House, Joe Light and Ben Brody.To contact the reporters on this story: Naomi Nix in Washington at email@example.com;Rebecca Kern in Arlington at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Sara Forden at email@example.com, Steve GeimannFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Walgreens and FedEx will partner with Google Wing on drone deliveries of packages and goods. Walgreens stock and FedEx stock rose.
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. said Thursday that it has partnered with Wing Aviation LLC, an Alphabet Inc. company, to test drone delivery of health and wellness items, food and beverage, and more. Items can be ordered on the Wing app. Walgreens will make 100 items available, as well as "packs" which will offer a number of items from a specific category, like baby or allergy. Prescriptions will not be available for drone delivery. Wing is the first drone operator to get Federal Aviation Administration certification as an air carrier, according to the announcement. The delivery service, which will bring purchases to shoppers in minutes, will be available to residents of Christiansburg, Va. starting next month. Wing has been working with Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, located near Christiansburg, on drone delivery. Walgreens stock has fallen nearly 20% for the year to date while the S&P 500 index is up 20.2% for the period.
Google sister company Wing announced today that it would be partnering with FedEx and the drugstore chain Walgreens to bring autonomous drone deliveries to the US in October. The pilot program will be launched in Christiansburg, Virginia, one of the two areas in the state that Wing has been testing its drone technology for years. In April, Wing was certified by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to become what it says was the first company in the country to be able to offer autonomous drone deliveries.
Alphabet’s (GOOGL) Waymo wants to bring its autonomous driving technology to the freight trucking industry. Waymo is one of Alphabet’s Other Bets.
(Bloomberg) -- Acknowledging a steady drumbeat of criticism from activists and a vocal group of his own employees, Amazon.com Inc. founder and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos announced the formation of a new organization, the Climate Pledge, to meet the goals of the landmark Paris climate agreement 10 years early.In a joint press conference in Washington with Christiana Figueres, formerly the United Nation’s executive secretary for climate change, Bezos said Amazon will reach 80% renewable energy use by 2024 and 100% by 2030, up from 40% today. To help get there, Amazon has placed an order of 100,000 electric vehicles from a startup it has backed, Rivian Automotive Inc. The first Rivian vehicles will arrive in 2021. Bezos’s pledge came a day before more than 1,500 Amazon employees are scheduled to walk out of their offices to draw attention to what they see as the company’s inaction on climate change. The protest is part of a wider strike organized by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg ahead of next week’s United Nations Climate Action Summit.“The global strike tomorrow is totally understandable,” Bezos said. “People are passionate about this issue. By the way, they should be passionate about this issue.”The group organizing the employee walkout, Amazon Employees for Climate Change, has been pressuring Amazon for almost a year to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and detail how it’s preparing to deal with business disruptions caused by climate change. Inside Amazon’s annual meeting in May, an employee speaking on behalf of the group asked for the opportunity to share her concerns with Bezos directly, but was denied. Shareholders voted down their proposal for Amazon to disclose a comprehensive climate change plan. The employee group on Thursday called Amazon’s pledge “a huge win.” “We’re thrilled at what workers [have] been able to achieve in less than a year,” the group said in a statement. “But we know it’s not enough.”The steps outlined in the Paris Climate Accords on their own aren’t sufficient to protect the planet, they said. “Today, we celebrate. Tomorrow, we’ll be in the streets to continue to fight for a livable future.” In February, two months after the employees went public with their campaign, Amazon promised to disclose its carbon footprint by the end of the year and pledged that half its shipments would be carbon neutral by 2030, a so-called Zero Shipment project. Amazon has argued that an e-commerce model, with delivery vehicles making numerous stops in each neighborhood, is inherently more efficient than individual shoppers taking the odd trip to the store for items like a gallon of milk. Bezos added that free next-day shipping for Prime members, which the company is in the process of rolling out, is more environmentally efficient because products can be warehoused locally, reducing travel times and bypassing the need to ship products via air.Amazon in recent years has built a team of hundreds of employees focused on sustainability issues who oversee the company's fleet of wind and solar farms and lead experiments with environmentally friendly packaging and business practices. The group also led development of Amazon’s methodology to calculate the company’s carbon footprint. But the group hadn’t committed to releasing the result of their work on greenhouse gases to the public until after Amazon employees began their advocacy campaign, according to a person familiar with the discussions.Amazon is relatively late among tech companies to share its environmental impact, experts say. Apple has released an environmental impact report with increasing levels of detail for the last decade. Google first published a comprehensive report on its energy use in 2011. “Amazon was not one of the leaders, for sure,” said Aseem Prakash, a professor of political science at the University of Washington who tracks environmental policy. “But frankly, it’s irrelevant. If Amazon is taking the right steps to transform this new industry, it’s a huge step. If they can revolutionize the trucking industry, the data center industry, the packaging industry, they are doing a great service to humanity.”Prakash said he would like to see Amazon disclose more specifics about plans to power its data centers with renewable energy. The company has also been reluctant to talk about using its influence as a massive buyer of goods to encourage green practices among manufacturers, he said.Amazon was among the hundreds of U.S. companies to sign on to a corporate commitment to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Accords when it became clear the U.S. would withdraw from the agreement.But Bezos went his own way in creating a new initiative. He recruited Figueres to co-found the Climate Pledge, which calls on companies to be net carbon neutral by 2040—a decade earlier than stipulated by the Paris accords. The pair said they would hold an annual conference for companies to share best practices for reducing their climate footprint. “Swallow the alarm clock,” she said. “We are running out of time. Science tells us we have about a minute left to get the work done we need to get done.”Amazon on Thursday also announced a $100 million donation to the Nature Conservancy to fund the Right Now Climate Fund, which engages in reforestation projects to remove carbon from the atmosphere.Bezos started the press conference by reviewing the accelerating state of climate change, which he called “dire.” But he also said he was optimistic that society can invent a solution. “When invention gets involved, when people get determined, when passion comes out, when they make strong goals, you can invent your way out of any box. That’s what we humans need to do right now.”\--With assistance from Matt Day.To contact the author of this story: Brad Stone in San Francisco at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Robin Ajello at email@example.com, Molly SchuetzFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
An Australian review has found that delivery drones operating in the capital, Canberra, are too noisy. Alphabet's Wing operates drones in the city.
(Bloomberg) -- The impact of the Trump administration’s blacklisting of Huawei Technologies Co. was laid bare as the Chinese company unveiled a flagship Android-powered smartphone that lacks any licensed Google apps.Announced at an event in Munich on Thursday, the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro mark the brand’s first top-of-the-range device launch since it was forbidden in the spring from trading with American partners.Huawei Consumer Group Chief Executive Officer Richard Yu remained upbeat on stage during the company’s presentation, promising the phone would be a technological powerhouse with an unmatched new camera system.In May, the U.S. government blacklisted Huawei -- which it accuses of aiding Beijing in espionage -- forcing chipmakers, software developers and other component manufacturers to stop selling critical smartphone parts to the company.The ban’s reach affected Alphabet Inc.’s Google, maker of the Android mobile operating system, which is why the new Huawei phone doesn’t have apps such as Google Maps, YouTube or the Google Play Store. The Mate 30 Pro runs on a version of Android that’s free and open-source, meaning companies don’t need a license from Google to use it. Huawei calls it EMUI10. But without the all-important Play Store app repository, its still a barebones Android version underneath.Consumers will be able to can manually "side-load" some Google apps, or use available web versions, Richard Yu told reporters after the launch event. “We’re trying to make it okay for consumers but we need time to solve this issue,” he said. "The consumer can make a compromise. It’s a balance."On the inside, the Mate 30 Pro runs on the new Kirin 990 5G processor, made by Huawei subsidiary HiSilicon, which packs more than 10.3 billion transistors into a space the size of a fingernail. The chip also combines a graphics processor, a 5G modem and dedicated neural processing units for accelerating artificial intelligence tasks into one.Huawei and Samsung’s New 5G Chips Pose Threat to QualcommYu said Huawei’s testing on the China Mobile network showed the Mate 30 Pro able to achieve 5G download speeds of about 1,500 megabits-per-second -- a figure that far outstrips the average figures possible even on most domestic fixed line internet connections in the U.S. and Europe.Commenting ahead of Thursday’s launch, CCS Insight analyst Ben Wood said Huawei’s strong brand in Europe meant there “will be a market for any new products,” given the company’s “good track record in slick design and leading edge features such as multiple cameras.”“However, not having Google services will mean it’s a huge challenge for customers,” he added.Other features of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro include:A 165 millimeter (6.5 inch) OLED screenA quad-camera array with uncommonly large image sensors for a smartphone that capture photos at 40 megapixels, as well as ultra-slow-motion video at 7,680 frames per secondA powerful octa-core CPUWater and dust resistantA 4,500mAh battery and wireless chargingThe Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro will go on sale in China next week and in Europe next month, costing 799 euros ($884) and 1099 euros respectively.Yu also announced Huawei’s folding phone, the Huawei Mate X, will go on sale in China in October. First announced in February, the phone supports next-generation 5G networks and is the second folding phone from a major manufacturer to go on sale this fall -- Samsung released the Galaxy Fold on Sept 6. It’ll be available in Europe next year, Yu said.(Updates with CEO quotes in 6th paragraph, pricing in penultimate.)To contact the reporters on this story: Nate Lanxon in London at firstname.lastname@example.org;Oliver Sachgau in Munich at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Giles Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org, Vlad SavovFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Microsoft scored a breakout after announcing a share buyback and a dividend increase. Here is how Microsoft stock's technicals and fundamentals look.
Disney CEO Bob Iger has left Apple's board of directors as the Disney+ and Apple TV+ video services prepare to go head to head.
Amazon is gearing up for its Great Indian Festival online event, which launches before Diwali. Flipkart's Big Billion Days will launch at the same time.
This spring, Google revealed even greater ambitions in both cities — indicating it’s not just expanding its real estate empire but reimagining and reworking places it already owns.
For years, AT&T (NYSE:T) stock has been a "yield trap." This is a stock who's dividend is too good to be true. T stock's dividend yield of 51 cents per share, currently yielding 5.5%, has been thought unsustainable by many analysts. Since AT&T stock has 7.31 billion shares outstanding, the dividend costs almost $15 billion per year to maintain.Source: Roman Tiraspolsky / Shutterstock.com To that $15 billion, add interest on $159 billion of long-term debt as of June 30, plus a capital budget of $23 billion and something's got to give.That something, according to recent media reports, could be DirecTv, the satellite service. DirecTv cost AT&T $49 billion in 2015 but has lost 2.5 million subscribers in the last year. Trouble is, neither a spin-off nor a sale to DISH Network (NASDAQ:DISH) would bring in anywhere near $49 billion.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 CBD Stocks to Buy That Are Still Worth Your Investment Dollars AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson's planned glorious retirement next year is beginning to look more like former General Electric (NYSE:GE) CEO Jeff Immelt's more ignominious exit. The DebtAs I wrote back in July and repeated after Elliott Management proposed big changes this month, AT&T has an enormous technology debt, in addition to its financial debt.Take a walk outside and you'll likely see some of it. Those copper wires hanging on those old wooden poles are obsolete. Telephony is dying. International long distance calls are free with Skype, and even teleconferencing is free with Zoom (NASDAQ:ZM).Even when upgraded with fiber to deliver TV, the value of AT&T's physical network is deteriorating. That's in part thanks to AT&T itself, which is in the process of upgrading its mobile service to 5G. But the value of that is open to question, as Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) makes its Google Fi a better deal.Do I have to mention the plans of Amazon.Com (NASDAQ:AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos to create global internet access with low-Earth orbit satellites? The Mistake of the CenturyIn a 2016 New York Times profile of Randall Stephenson, he ordered his brother, a career lineman, to learn about the cloud.But Stephenson didn't buy or build cloud. He sold the company's data centers in 2018 and is putting his operations on the IBM (NYSE:IBM) cloud.Stephenson decided cloud was too expensive and risky early in the decade while Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) was investing in cloud before it had the cash flow to justify it. Today Facebook is worth twice AT&T.The lack of cloud investment was as big a mistake as GE's decision to buy Alstom, a French turbine maker, in 2015. That was hailed as the "best deal in a century," but GE Power has since made GE a shadow of its former self.Stephenson's plan was to use the content agreements of DirecTv, later the content of Time Warner, to keep people on his services at high and rising prices. He assumed he could license that content to other providers, also for high and rising prices. Since the Time Warner purchase Stephenson has been pushing other players hard, dropping services like NFL Network and even threatening to shut off Disney's (NYSE:DIS) ESPN. The company is also being accused of setting up fake DirecTv accounts, a charge reminiscent of the Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) scandals. The Bottom LineElliott Management wants to rearrange deck chairs on the Titanic. The appearance of change, the sale of some assets, could boost AT&T's stock price and let Elliott exit its $3.2 billion investment with a profit.But the problems would remain. The technology debt would remain. Much of the financial debt would remain. * 8 Dividend Stocks to Buy for a Recession AT&T is doomed.Dana Blankenhorn is a financial and technology journalist. He is the author of the environmental story, Bridget O'Flynn and the Bear, available at the Amazon Kindle store. Write him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter at @danablankenhorn. As of this writing he owned shares in AMZN.The post AT&T Stock Is Doomed to Become the Next GE appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Codenamed Orion, Facebook's (FB) smart glasses are reportedly being designed to disrupt the smartphones market when it hits the shelves anywhere between 2023 and 2025.
Language barriers can hinder international commerce, but that problem is increasingly being solved by machine-based translation programs, which are becoming sophisticated enough to enable people in different countries to communicate as if they spoke the same language. Lily Chen, a sales manager with electronic-forklift company Taixing Jichuan Hydraulic Machinery Co. Ltd. in China, said she’s used Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s (BABA) built-in translation tools to communicate with buyers in Europe and the U.S. In an interview with MarketWatch using the technology, she explained that her English was “not very good” when she began as a salesperson and the translation software first helped her conduct professional communications with a customer in Germany and, later, with other buyers.
Technology firms must protect user privacy and prevent abuse of their platforms, India's IT minister said on Thursday, speaking as the government draws up a data privacy law and seeks to push companies to store more data locally. Federal Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said he wanted Indians to have access to more technology platforms but said this should not undermine user privacy. "I have only one caveat - it must be safe and secure, it must safeguard the privacy rights of the individual and you must make extra efforts that people don't abuse the system," Prasad told industry executives at a gathering organized by Alphabet Inc's Google in New Delhi.
I think we learned quite a bit from Amazon.com Inc.'s career day event — about its hiring practices, what HQ2 could mean for Alexa and how long folks are willing to wait in line to meet an Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) official. Jeff Bezos' current net worth: $113 billion Change since last week: Same AMZN stock price: $1,817 per share Change in stock price since last week: Down $28 Translation: Amazon stock dropped nearly $30 on Friday, the same day the House Judiciary Committee asked for Amazon, Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) to hand over records in what looks like a new antitrust investigation into the large tech companies. In other words, Jeff Bezos' emails, a healthy chunk of which may be customer complaints that the CEO forwards to other executives with just a single question mark — perhaps the most passive-aggressive thing you can send to a subordinate.
Huawei launched its latest flagship phone on Thursday (September 19). The Mate 30 range was revealed at an event in Munich. Huawei claims the 5G handset is the most powerful on sale today. Just one one problem though. U.S. sanctions mean it may not be able to fit the phone with Google products like mapping and Gmail. Thursday's presentation saw it loaded with Huawei's own apps. And the firm didn't say whether it had access to U.S.-made software. The phone can, however, run on an older, open-source version of Google's Android operating system. The question is whether consumers will want a device shorn of top applications. Huawei has to hope they will. It's already lost five per cent of market share in Europe following the U.S. sanctions. Now the Mate 30 range will start at 799 euros, or about 885 dollars. Analysts think it stacks up well against Apple's new iPhone 11 on design, as well as hardware. Consumers will decide if that's enough to make up for any missing apps.