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Huawei and ZTE’s hopes in the US hit another roadblock

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In a letter published November 13, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Huawei and ZTE “cannot be trusted.” Barr published the letter in support of two FCC proposals hoping to push back against the two companies.

In the letter, Barr cited the pending federal criminal charges against Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. The U.S. Department of Justice indicted Huawei on 13 counts earlier this year, including money laundering, onstruction of justice, and sanction violations. Meng was named in the lawsuit and charged with bank fraud, wired fraud, and conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud.

Barr also referenced separate criminal charges of trade secret theft, fraud, and obstruction of justice. According to authorities, Huawei stole T-Mobile’s intellectual property and offered employees bonuses based on how valuable the stolen information was.

Also read: The US might soon make Huawei’s life more difficult

As for ZTE, the company violated the U.S. trade embargo with Iran and was initially banned from using U.S. parts in its products for almost a decade. However, U.S. President Donald Trump intervened and lifted the ban.

Because of these issues, Barr said the U.S. “should not signal that Huawei and ZTE are anything other than a threat to our collective security.”

He also backed the FCC’s two proposals to prevent U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei and ZTE. One proposal would prevent companies receiving money from the FCC’s annual $ 8.5 billion Universal Service Fund from purchasing Huawei and ZTE equipment. The second proposal would instill a process for certain rural wireless carriers to remove and replace equipment from the two companies.

The FCC will vote on the proposals November 19.

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Huawei Mate X isn’t even out in West, but Mate Xs is confirmed for 2020 launch

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The Huawei Mate X has only just launched in China, coming in at ~$ 2400, but the company is already looking forward to 2020.

Huawei announced the Mate Xs at the Chinese Mate X event this week, according to Droidholic (via GSMArena). This particular model differs from the standard Mate X by offering a Kirin 990 chipset instead of the older Kirin 980. The Kirin 990 debuted in the brand-new Mate 30 series, while the Kirin 980 appeared in the Mate 20 and P30 family.

This isn’t the first time we heard about a Mate X with a Kirin 990 though, as the company’s Richard Yu told journalists at IFA 2019 that it was considering a chipset upgrade.

The Huawei Mate Xs is also coming next year.Droidholic

There’s no word on any other changes between the Huawei Mate Xs and Mate X, so those wishing for periscope zoom or the Mate 30 Pro‘s 40MP ultra-wide camera will need to keep wishing.

Huawei reportedly noted that the tweaked foldable phone would launch in March 2020. It’s unclear if this is a Chinese or global launch, but the US trade ban situation would likely play a big part in determining this. Huawei is unable to pre-install Google services on its new devices as a result of the ban. But a global launch would certainly be more likely if the ban is lifted by then, allowing Huawei and Google to work together once again.

We’ve contacted Huawei for more information regarding the Mate Xs, and will update the article accordingly. Nevertheless, it looks like the foldable phone war will be heating up in 2020 as well.

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The Samsung Galaxy Fold doesn’t need to beat the Huawei Mate X to market

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The Samsung Galaxy Fold was already a controversial smartphone well before review units of the device were sent out earlier this week. Much was made about how the phone itself was highly expensive — nearly $ 2,000 — and that it had a very visible crease in the middle of its display when in unfolded tablet mode.

However, it’s safe to say none of us were prepared for the rush of Galaxy Fold screen failure reports that hit the interwebs on Wednesday. Media outlets like CNBC, The Verge, and Bloomberg, along with popular YouTube tech reviewer MKBHD, all reported that the larger inside screen stopped working after only a day or two.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold up close and with a bump under the display. The Verge

While at least a couple of these units failed because a protective film on the display was removed, it looks like the screens on the Galaxy Fold units given to CNBC and The Verge failed because the displays themselves broke down. Check out this commentary from our colleague Scott Adam Gordon for more information.

Samsung has already announced it plans to “thoroughly inspect these units in person to determine the cause of the matter.” However, it also indicated that the April 26 launch date for the Galaxy Fold will go on as scheduled. This doesn’t sound like a good idea at all. It leaves Samsung open to potentially getting a lot more of these display failures with consumer units.

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It’s impossible not to think about how Samsung responded to the battery failures on the Galaxy Note 7 when you think about this current situation. The good news is the Fold doesn’t seem to be at risk of causing fires and massive destruction to property because of its display issues. However, we are still talking about one of the most expensive phones ever made for general consumers. The fact that Samsung seems to be hell bent on moving forward with the Galaxy Fold launch seems irresponsible.

A damper on the foldable phone trend?

Folded Huawei Mate X with Dgit on display

At the moment, we only have one other confirmed launch for a foldable phone in 2019: the Huawei Mate X. It’s design is different than the Galaxy Fold, with an outward folding form factor. However, some people seem to prefer its design over that of the Galaxy Fold. At the moment, the Huawei Mate X is due for release sometime this summer in Europe, for a price that’s actually more than the Galaxy Fold at 2,299 euros (~$ 2,600). However, we have already seen that Samsung has sold out of its first shipments of the nearly $ 2,000 Galaxy Fold so the high price of the Mate X might not be a huge obstacle.

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Android Authority contacted Huawei for comment on the Galaxy Fold issues. The company declined to offer a comment.

Breaking in new technology and design features in a smartphone can sometimes be a hit-or-miss proposition. At the moment, it looks like Samsung is trying to rush out the Galaxy Fold before it’s fully ready, just to beat the Mate X to market. (To be fair, the Royole FlexPai actually came to market a few months before the Galaxy Fold as the first flexible display smartphone, but in a very limited capacity).

The Galaxy Fold needs a time out, for now

Samsung could survive a launch of the Galaxy Fold, at least financially, if it had to recall the device later, as Scott suggested in his article. But that doesn’t mean the company should release a faulty phone.

Samsung should take a step back and reevaluate its release strategy for the Galaxy Fold. There’s no harm in delaying the launch to make sure that the faulty units sent to media outlets were outliers. If the company decides to continue with the launch, and then many more screen failures are found by regular consumers, that will give Huawei a ton of free PR for the launch of the Mate X later this year. It could claim, and quite accurately, that it didn’t want to rush its foldable phone out until it was ready.

This whole situation with the Galaxy Fold is a bit of a shame. Despite the high current costs and the possible design issues, foldable phones could be one of the most promising trends in this industry. Making a device that works as a smaller phone and expands to a larger tablet for more serious work is a no-brainer.

It’s more important to be the best, not the first.

We have been promised foldable phones for literally years, but the practical and reliable technology to go along with that promise always seemed to be just out of reach. Samsung may have felt pressure to get the Galaxy Fold out earlier than planned due to the release of the Huawei Mate X. That pressure may have caused more hardware problems than Samsung could overcome at this stage.

As most people know, rushing things out before they are ready is almost never a good thing in any business endeavor. It’s sometimes a good idea to be first, but it’s always a good thing to be best.

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Android 7.0 preview leaks for the Huawei P9

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Historically speaking, Huawei hasn’t been the best with updates, taking well over a year to bring the Huawei Mate 7 over to Lollipop. Thankfully, in recent times they’ve gotten a lot more responsive when it comes to updates. If a newly leaked ROM is any indication, Huawei’s future update timeliness is only going to get better. Thanks to a user over at XDA, a leaked beta build of Android Nougat has now arrived for the Huawei P9.

Ordinarily, it might seem a bit early for a new version of Android to leak with so much time left until the official release. But back in April, Google revealed that its Nexus family wouldn’t be the only devices to get a preview build of Android Nougat and announced that Sony’s Xperia Z3 would receive it as well.

Going by the posts over at XDA, as well as YouTube evidence, it looks like Huawei is working with a preview build of Nougat because the leaked files updates the handsets’ stock ROMs instead of flashing it in full. That lines up with what Google and Sony are doing, but it also means you’ll have to fall back to your stock ROM before springing forward with the official version when it releases this fall. And because this leak updates files instead of flashing the ROM, you’ll need to make sure you’re running stock before installing it. The XDA thread includes the P9’s stock files for those running cooked ROMs.

Further supporting the legitimacy, forum users have ran CPU-Z benchmarks and found that, contrary to what’s reported in the About Phone section, the update brings the ROM to version 7.0 and OS kernel version 4.1.18 — and its rocking a security patch from next Friday, Aug. 5. On top of that, there’s the presence of a new version of Huawei’s emotional user interface (EMUI). The changelog for EMUI 5.0 indicates that Huawei is rolling out a multi-user mode, camera optimization and battery management improvements. However, at least one user reported encountering worse battery management.

Are you considering a taste test of Android Nougat of your Huawei handset or have you had your fill of previews on a Z3 or Nexus device?

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Huawei closes in on Apple in China


Right now, the Android operating system is absolutely dominating the Chinese market. To get a snapshot of this, we can look at how iOS smartphones accounted for about 25% of urban sales in 2014, with the Android operating system constituting an overwhelming majority of the remaining 75%. However, Apple is responsible for that entire 25%, whereas Android sales are scattered across a slew of competing companies like Huawei, Xiaomi, Meizu, and Oppo. However, the growth of iPhone sales has been in decline since 2014, and now one of the Android companies is closing the gap.

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Huawei is the dark horse that everybody is starting to notice. Back in 2014, the scrappy company only sold 5% of Android smartphones worldwide. By the beginning of this year, Huawei had nearly tripled this figure, snagging 14% of the global smartphone market. That’s a pretty massive figure for a company that hardly has any presence at all in the US, and has only recently broken into European markets. Huawei’s invasion of Europe has been pretty damn successful, with their numbers doubling in both France and Great Britain over the course of 2015 to secure a number-four position in brand ranking, while achieving second place in Italy, Spain, and Germany.


But that doesn’t even touch on where Huawei is really killing it, because these guys have quickly become a force to be reckoned with on their home turf of China. While Apple’s growth has slowed substantially since 2014, Huawei has been briskly closing the gap, capturing fully 24.3% of the market. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, this Chinese company is establishing itself as a major global player in the smartphone industry, and they’ve got some crazy momentum on their side.

What are your thoughts regarding the ongoing rise of Huawei? Have you had experience with their products before? Let us know your opinions in the comments below!

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New Huawei handset images leak ahead of IFA announcement

Evan Blass (@evleaks) is back for one of his now-rare appearances, and this time the leakster is giving us a bit of information on what could be Huawei’s upcoming large-screen smartphone, as well as an image. Let’s take a look at it!


As you can see, this is a large-screen smartphone that looks to be the successor to the Huawei Ascend Mate series. It’s not yet verified if this is the branding the device will be released under, though. In fact, not much is revealed about this mysterious smartphone. All Evan Blass could tell us is that the device will be launching at IFA 2015, on September 2nd.

At first it was believed this smartphone would be a part of the D-series and feature Force Touch, but Blass later confirmed neither bits of information were correct, leaving us in the dark.

What we can capture from the image is that the new Huawei handset will come with a sizable display, a fingerprint reader on the back and what looks to be a full metal body. We had actually seen a leaked video of this phone before, but we couldn’t confirm its validity. I mean, even the branding in the back was off, but now that this image is around we can see a huge resemblance.

Maybe the weird brand in the video is just being kept as a place-holder, something Huawei has been known to do in the past. Just remember all this information is unofficial, so don’t hold your breath on the image, the video or any of this information just yet.

We are sure more leaks and rumors will show up before IFA, so keep it tuned to the Android Authority home page for more details to come. Also, you can be sure we will be in Berlin covering all the goodies, so you will hear from us as soon as this phone goes official (if it does).

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