Andrew Barclay

Andrew Barclay

Andrew Barclay is a tech reporter with Abacus. A self confessed gadget nerd, he likes writing about the intersection of technology, culture and business. If he's not at the office, he's probably eating ramen. He has previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

Latest from Andrew Barclay

Why 5G isn't just faster video streaming on your smartphone

5G is the name of the next-generation wireless technology that promises far faster internet access than 4G. Experts predict it will begin to take off in 2019, enhancing communications among IoT devices.

20 Sep 2019 - 8:09AM

5G is the name of the next-generation wireless technology that promises far faster internet access than 4G. Experts predict it will begin to take off in 2019, enhancing communications among IoT devices.

Why 5G isn't just faster video streaming on your smartphone
China’s most popular TV brand is hoping to score a goal with high-profile World Cup deal

Based in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao, Hisense is the world’s third largest TV maker -- trailing behind Samsung and LG. Besides selling its own TVs, the company also holds a major stake in Toshiba’s TV business.

20 Sep 2019 - 8:08AM

Based in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao, Hisense is the world’s third largest TV maker -- trailing behind Samsung and LG. Besides selling its own TVs, the company also holds a major stake in Toshiba’s TV business.

China’s most popular TV brand is hoping to score a goal with high-profile World Cup deal
Meet Vivo, the FIFA World Cup sponsor you’ve never heard of

Founded in 2009, Vivo is one of the top smartphone brands in China -- and a sister firm of Oppo. Their most famous handsets include the super-thin X1 and the Nex, which has a pop-up camera.

20 Sep 2019 - 8:08AM

Founded in 2009, Vivo is one of the top smartphone brands in China -- and a sister firm of Oppo. Their most famous handsets include the super-thin X1 and the Nex, which has a pop-up camera.

Meet Vivo, the FIFA World Cup sponsor you’ve never heard of
How Xiaomi forged a unique path

Founded by Lei Jun in 2010, Xiaomi prides itself on its “ecosystem” strategy -- selling not just smartphones but also a variety of gadgets and household products. It began expanding into western Europe in 2017.

20 Sep 2019 - 8:08AM

Founded by Lei Jun in 2010, Xiaomi prides itself on its “ecosystem” strategy -- selling not just smartphones but also a variety of gadgets and household products. It began expanding into western Europe in 2017.

How Xiaomi forged a unique path
Trump signs bill banning US government from using Huawei, ZTE products

New law also covers Chinese surveillance product suppliers

20 Sep 2019 - 8:36AM

New law also covers Chinese surveillance product suppliers

Trump signs bill banning US government from using Huawei, ZTE products
Leaks leave little to reveal about Xiaomi’s Pocophone F1

The only thing we don’t know yet is the official release date

20 Sep 2019 - 8:35AM

The only thing we don’t know yet is the official release date

Leaks leave little to reveal about Xiaomi’s Pocophone F1
Is Palm attempting a comeback? Signs point to yes

Chinese company TCL acquired the rights to Palm in 2014

20 Sep 2019 - 8:35AM

Chinese company TCL acquired the rights to Palm in 2014

Is Palm attempting a comeback? Signs point to yes
Asus’ $110 Android Go phone gets US release

More companies are bringing Android Go phones to the US. The latest from Asus has 1GB RAM and 16GB storage -- not bad for a budget smartphone. But what's more surprising is that it also features a face unlock feature in lieu of a fingerprint sensor.

20 Sep 2019 - 8:35AM

More companies are bringing Android Go phones to the US. The latest from Asus has 1GB RAM and 16GB storage -- not bad for a budget smartphone. But what's more surprising is that it also features a face unlock feature in lieu of a fingerprint sensor.

Asus’ $110 Android Go phone gets US release
Chinese company Pico releases a new standalone VR headset

The Goblin 2 will face competition from Facebook and Xiaomi

20 Sep 2019 - 8:35AM

The Goblin 2 will face competition from Facebook and Xiaomi

Chinese company Pico releases a new standalone VR headset
Google Drive and Docs in China?

The company has quietly been testing the waters with different products in China

20 Sep 2019 - 8:35AM

The company has quietly been testing the waters with different products in China

Google Drive and Docs in China?
Huawei's Honor unveils a new smartphone with a massive 7-inch screen

Bigger is better, according to Huawei's budget brand Honor. Their latest smartphone has a massive 7-inch screen -- larger even than the rumored Plus version of the next iPhone. But what's more impressive is that it also packs the Kirin 970 chipset seen in Huawei's flagship smartphones -- but in a more affordable model.

20 Sep 2019 - 8:34AM

Bigger is better, according to Huawei's budget brand Honor. Their latest smartphone has a massive 7-inch screen -- larger even than the rumored Plus version of the next iPhone. But what's more impressive is that it also packs the Kirin 970 chipset seen in Huawei's flagship smartphones -- but in a more affordable model.

Huawei's Honor unveils a new smartphone with a massive 7-inch screen
Xiaomi may release a foldable phone in 2019

The company will face stiff competition from Huawei, Samsung and Oppo

20 Sep 2019 - 8:34AM

The company will face stiff competition from Huawei, Samsung and Oppo

Xiaomi may release a foldable phone in 2019
Chinese ride sharing giant Didi employs millions of veterans (and they get a lot of five-star ratings)

Uber has also touted the number of ex-military drivers on its platform

20 Sep 2019 - 8:34AM

Uber has also touted the number of ex-military drivers on its platform

Chinese ride sharing giant Didi employs millions of veterans (and they get a lot of five-star ratings)
Xiaomi sells furniture now?

The most expensive thing in smartphone giant’s store is a 25 piece furniture set

20 Sep 2019 - 8:33AM

The most expensive thing in smartphone giant’s store is a 25 piece furniture set

Xiaomi sells furniture now?
VLC bans Huawei phones from downloading its app after users started leaving bad reviews

Company blames Huawei devices’ “ridiculous” policy of killing background apps

20 Sep 2019 - 8:33AM

Company blames Huawei devices’ “ridiculous” policy of killing background apps

VLC bans Huawei phones from downloading its app after users started leaving bad reviews
What a drop-down website menu says about China's increasing power

Of course, the cost to doing business in China is that you will likely be doing business on China's terms. Airlines found this out the hard way when authorities objected to their web forms listing Taiwan as a separate country.

20 Sep 2019 - 8:33AM

Of course, the cost to doing business in China is that you will likely be doing business on China's terms. Airlines found this out the hard way when authorities objected to their web forms listing Taiwan as a separate country.

What a drop-down website menu says about China's increasing power
WebMD deal means the doctor is in... WeChat

Tencent will adapt WebMD content focusing on illnesses more common in China

20 Sep 2019 - 8:33AM

Tencent will adapt WebMD content focusing on illnesses more common in China

WebMD deal means the doctor is in... WeChat
China’s netizens use blockchain to spread censored news

Chinese censors regularly clamp down on negative news stories

20 Sep 2019 - 8:33AM

Chinese censors regularly clamp down on negative news stories

China’s netizens use blockchain to spread censored news
China is developing a fleet of unmanned AI subs

“It can even perform a kamikaze strike,” says one researcher

20 Sep 2019 - 8:33AM

“It can even perform a kamikaze strike,” says one researcher

China is developing a fleet of unmanned AI subs
The new Nokia X5 kind of looks like the iPhone X… with a bottom bezel

The X5 will first be launched in China

20 Sep 2019 - 8:32AM

The X5 will first be launched in China

The new Nokia X5 kind of looks like the iPhone X… with a bottom bezel
Short video is the real winner as China’s World Cup viewers reach new heights

Streaming giants are cashing in on booming demand

20 Sep 2019 - 8:32AM

Streaming giants are cashing in on booming demand

Short video is the real winner as China’s World Cup viewers reach new heights
China sees spike in companies with blockchain in their name

Despite banning crypto exchanges, China wants to be a frontrunner in blockchain technology

20 Sep 2019 - 8:32AM

Despite banning crypto exchanges, China wants to be a frontrunner in blockchain technology

China sees spike in companies with blockchain in their name
Honor Note 10 Rolls Royce Edition leaks online

Budget brand’s latest handset expected to cost a whopping US$1,500

20 Sep 2019 - 8:32AM

Budget brand’s latest handset expected to cost a whopping US$1,500

Honor Note 10 Rolls Royce Edition leaks online
Photos of Xiaomi Mi Max 3 leaked online show a giant display

Mi Max 3 expected to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636

20 Sep 2019 - 8:31AM

Mi Max 3 expected to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636

Photos of Xiaomi Mi Max 3 leaked online show a giant display
Segways can transform into go-karts -- with this new kit from Xiaomi partner Ninebot

And it's rumored to be heading for the US

20 Sep 2019 - 8:31AM

And it's rumored to be heading for the US

Segways can transform into go-karts -- with this new kit from Xiaomi partner Ninebot
Alleged theft by ex-Apple employee gives insight into company’s secretive self-driving car project

Former employee accused of stealing secrets before planned move to Chinese electric car start-up Xiaopeng Motors

20 Sep 2019 - 8:31AM

Former employee accused of stealing secrets before planned move to Chinese electric car start-up Xiaopeng Motors

Alleged theft by ex-Apple employee gives insight into company’s secretive self-driving car project
Why China lags behind in global broadband speed ranking

China trails developed nations in report covering 200 countries

20 Sep 2019 - 8:31AM

China trails developed nations in report covering 200 countries

Why China lags behind in global broadband speed ranking
Photo of DJI’s upcoming Mavic 2 leaked online hints at swappable cameras

But the biggest takeaway from the image might be what it doesn’t show

20 Sep 2019 - 8:31AM

But the biggest takeaway from the image might be what it doesn’t show

Photo of DJI’s upcoming Mavic 2 leaked online hints at swappable cameras
Mobike and Ofo salvage thousands of abandoned bikes from rivers

The environmental impact of China’s bike-sharing industry

20 Sep 2019 - 8:30AM

The environmental impact of China’s bike-sharing industry

Mobike and Ofo salvage thousands of abandoned bikes from rivers
Why is it so hard to make a truly self-driving car?

Despite a continuous stream of announcements from tech giants, experts say truly autonomous vehicles are at least a decade away

20 Sep 2019 - 8:30AM

Despite a continuous stream of announcements from tech giants, experts say truly autonomous vehicles are at least a decade away

Why is it so hard to make a truly self-driving car?