In this weeks roundup:
- Microsoft reportedly building a new web browser on top of Google Chrome
- Google shutting down cross-platform messaging service
- 02 customers hit by data problems
- BT bars Huawei equipment for 5G network
Microsoft reportedly building a new web browser on top of Google Chrome
Redmond based Microsoft is reportedly planning to rebuild their Edge internet browser based on the open-source version of Google Chrome.
Edge was released back in 2015, along with Windows 10. It was one of the big new features, however it was never really adopted in the same way that Chrome and Firefox have been adopted.
Microsoft is yet to make an official announcement on the matter.
Allo there - Google shutting down cross-platform messaging service
Google has announced that it is shutting down their cross-platform messaging service Allo. The app was released in September of 2016 and will be shut down for good in March.
Development of the app was stopped eight months ago after the app didn't get to the point where Google thought it would get to.
Google+ has also been announced to be shutting down in the next few months.
02 customers hit by data problems
32 million 02 customers lost data services on Thursday after the mobile network had problems.
It's not just mobile phones affected by the downtime, Transport for London timetables at bus stops are also down as they use data provided by the 02 network.
Customers of Tesco Mobile, Giffgaff, Sky and Lycamobile are also unable to connect to the internet as those networks 'piggy-back' onto the 02 network infrastructure.
Credit: Huawei Press Centre
BT bars Huawei equipment for 5G network
BT have said that they will not be using Huawei equipment in the core of the network when they roll out 5G in the next few years.
However, phone masts and antennas made by Huawei will be used by BT as they are not deemed part of the 'core network'.