News of Note—Huawei, HTC, Nokia and more

news of note

Here are some other stories we're following today:

> Huawei reportedly pulled back on plans to launch its next smartphone at Mobile World Congress next month. Mobile World Live article

> Samsung’s planned news at MWC also appears to be affecting HTC’s plans, as reports suggest it is pulling the U12 out of MWC in favor of its own event later. Phandroid post  

> Nokia announced plans to open three new Cloud Collaboration Hubs, starting with a location in Singapore. Mobile World Live article

> Apple's HomePod smart speaker became available for advance orders in the online Apple Store in the U.S., UK and Australia today. CNET article

> AT&T wireless customers can take their plan with them at no additional cost while traveling in South Korea Feb. 1 through March 20. Post

> Japan’s Fujitsu said it was in talks about selling its mobile phone business to investment fund Polaris Capital Group. Reuters article

> Google Play app downloads topped 19 billion in Q4 2017, a new record. TechCrunch article

> TracFone subsidiary Net10 is offering free smartphones with the activation of a no-contract plan. Prepaid Phone News article

> Simple Mobile, a T-Mobile MVNO, recently announced a discount on its multi-line plans as well as a new feature to help detect and block scam phone calls. PrepaidPhoneNews article

> Apple is expected to refresh the iPhone SE as a glass-backed smartphone with wireless charging and an entry-level price point. PCMag article

> Verizon Wireless said customers can save big on select iPhones with a new offer that kicks off Jan. 29. Phone Scoop post