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3May/210

Amazon reportedly tried to force Ecobee into sharing user data

Ecobee has been asked to share "proactive state" data, even when users aren't using the Alexa command.

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A new report from The Wall Street Journal claims Amazon tried to use its power to put pressure on Ecobee to collect private user data.
Ecobee decided against complying with the demand as doing so would violate customer privacy.
The Canadian company also worried that Amazon could use the data from its users to create competing products.

Amazon leveraged its dominance to put pressure on Canadian smart thermostat maker Ecobee to share data from its devices, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. The report claims Amazon asked Ecobee to serve data from its Alexa-enabled devices even when customers weren't using them.

Ecobee apparently refused to share data with the tech giant, fearing that complying with the demand would violate the privacy of its customers. The company also worried that Amazon might use the data to build products to rival its best smart thermostats. It was revealed last year that Amazon used third-party seller data to develop rival products using its Amazon Basics brand.

Apart from Ecobee, Amazon is said to have asked a few other Alexa-enabled-device sellers to provide "proactive state" data, which would give the tech giant access to information such as the temperature of a user's home and which doors were locked or unlocked.

An Amazon spokesman, Jack Evans, told the WSJ that the company uses the proactive-state data only to "improve the customer experience and make better recommendations." He added that customers are informed that their data will be shared with Amazon when they link their accounts.

While the report says the two companies are still negotiating, Amazon had told Ecobee that it might not be able to continue selling its products on Amazon's retail platform if it refused to provide the data. The retail giant also threatened to not retain Alexa certification on future Ecobee models.

Read more: androidcentral.com

28Mar/210

Huawei’s Play Store competitor is doing better than you think

Cut off from Google, Huawei has had to go it alone.

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Huawei has been cut off from Google for the past two years. The companionship developed its App Gallery as a permutation for the Google Play Store. Huawei this month announced strong continued proliferation of the App Gallery.

Despite the lack of Google support for its phones, Huawei is still here and obligating some of the best Android phones we've seen, when it comes to hardware at least. The company had been forced to build out its own App Gallery, a Play Store replacement, to even compete in the smartphone market. There are currently few ratifies that it's doing much to stop the bleeding, and rumors are swirling about Huawei jettisoning its flagship texts. Still, the company today shared news of the uptake of its AppGallery over the last year, and it's a growing business.

Huawei says that AppGallery now boasts 530 million monthly active consumers all over the world, 2.3 million registered makes, and has encountered a 188% increase in apps that work with HMS core. The company further quoth the inclusion of brand-new apps like Bolt and HERE WeGo as proof of continued expansion.

Huawei's Zhang Zhe, Director of Global Partnerships and Eco-Development Business Development, said the numbers were proof of AppGallery's progress as a world app mart, further adding that "In 2019, there were 25 countries around over a million AppGallery customers. That quantity has now grown to 42 and we continue to see strong rise across global markets."

It's not clear how to square these increased numbers with reports of Huawei bleeding the shares. In February 2020, Huawei claimed that AppGallery had 400 million active consumers, so it has grown by a exhibition quantity. Perhaps Huawei's light in foreign sells has ignited a surge in its dwelling sell, or the lack of options has forced all Huawei buyers to use the AppGallery whether they'd want to, or not. Either way, AppGallery's certainly not being written off anytime soon.

Read more: androidcentral.com