As anyone who has been staying with the tech scene, chances are that you are aware of the awkward situation Huawei has found itself in for the past year. In a nutshell, the Chinese tech giant has been at the center of a highly-publicized controversy which resulted in it being banned by the US government from working with American businesses. As such, Huawei was essentially strong-armed into dropping its partnership with Google. It has since dropped Google, as well as its Android operating system and the entire suite of apps and services that come with it, from all its devices.
Now, however, an interesting development has occurred. In a revelation made by no other than Sameer Samat, the Vice President for Google Play and Android. In an interview with a German news outlet DPA, Samat has stated that Google has filed an application to the US government with the hope that it would be allowed to resume business with Huawei.
It is also worth noting that Microsoft made a similar effort late last year and successfully secured a license. Of course, there is no telling whether Google will be as lucky.
Security has become a top priority for many tech companies. Some have even deemed it one of the most urgent matters in the industry today. On that note, Apple has made an unusual and uncharacteristic move by joining the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) Alliance.
For those unfamiliar with FIDO, it is an authentication standards group that has dedicated itself to overhauling the way we secure our data. To be more precise, their primary campaign is to get rid of passwords altogether because of its inherent security vulnerabilities. According to the group’s research, 81 percent of all security breaches stem from stolen or weak passwords. In line with this, FIDO wants to replace this archaic form of security with a faster and safer way of logging in – in the form of two-factor authentication.
Established in 2012, FIDO has since gathered support from various giants in the tech industry. Apple now joins the likes of Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Intel to name a few. Of course, FIDO is not limited to tech companies as financial firms such as Paypal, American Express, and PayPal have gotten on board as well. This latest development is groundbreaking news, according to cybersecurity experts.