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When should you expect to receive the Android 10 update? (Updated August 14)

Officially called Android 10, the next major version of Android launched September 3, 2019. The Android 10 update began rolling out to all Pixel phones, including the original Pixel and Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 3a XL.

What about other devices? Which ones already have Android 10, and which ones are expected to get the update at some point? Read on to find out everything you need to know about the Android 10 update schedule.

Key Android 10 update features

We have a complete overview of all the new features in our Android 10 review. However, you can also check out our video above to see what’s new in Android 10, what new features it brings, all the design tweaks, and much more.

If you’re short on time, here’s a list of features we’ve seen so far:

  • Improved privacy controls
  • New gesture navigation
  • Google Assistant “handles”
  • Accent colors and theming options
  • System-wide dark theme
  • Native screen recording
  • Native desktop mode
  • Grouped silent notifications
  • QR codes to connect to Wi-Fi
  • Google Pay in the power menu

The feature that has everyone talking isn’t even a feature — it’s a name change. Google is no longer naming its mobile operating system after sweet treats. Instead, the company is moving to version numbers, starting with Android 10. Check out our article to learn more about what caused the change and some of the thinking behind it.

Looking for Android 9 Pie update info? We’ve got you covered.

1. Essential Android 10 update

Essential Phone

September 3, 2019: On Twitter, Essential announced Android 10 is now rolling out to the Essential Phone. The company noted the update is rolling out “for select open market customers.” Android 10 should be available for all Essential Phone owners in the coming days.

2. OnePlus Android 10 update

OnePlus Android 10 update

September 3, 2019: On the same day as the official Android 10 launch, OnePlus announced an Android 10 open beta for the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. This is not a stable release, but a good first step towards hitting that ETA we mentioned above. More details here.

September 4, 2019: OnePlus has announced that the OnePlus 6 and 6T will get Android 10 by the end of this month. The company also released open beta builds for the two phones, which are “meant to prepare your devices for the Android 10 update” — learn more here.

September 18, 2019: OnePlus has released the second Android 10 open beta update for the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro. The update appears to mostly involve bug fixes and small design tweaks — learn more here.

September 21, 2019: Great news for all you OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro owners out there. The company is now rolling out the stable version of Android 10 to both devices.

October 2, 2019: Around two weeks ago, OnePlus started rolling out the Android 10 update for the OnePlus 7 series. However, according to users on Reddit as well as the official OnePlus forums, many people still don’t have the update. OnePlus did say the Android 10 upgrade would be a slow rollout, but that usually means over the span of a few days. At this point, it’s been 12 days since OnePlus announced the launch, which suggests there’s been some sort of delay. It’s possible OnePlus halted the rollout entirely. Read the full story here.

October 10, 2019: OnePlus has announced that every OnePlus device from the OnePlus 5 forward will get a stable version of Android 10. Older devices will need to wait quite a while to get it, but the update will come. The OnePlus 6 and 6T will get the beta update by the end of October 2019, while the stable variant will be rolled out a month later. The OnePlus 5 and 5T should receive the stable update in the second quarter of 2020.

October 14, 2019: OnePlus is rolling out Android 10 to the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro — for real this time. In a community post, the Chinese brand confirmed that “version 10.0 was paused due to certain bugs” and that Oxygen 10.0.1 is now rolling out. It should reach all devices in a few days — learn more here.

October 21, 2019: The Android 10 Open Beta build is now rolling out to the OnePlus 6 and 6T — learn more here. The stable version of the update is expected to hit the devices in November.

October 29, 2019: OnePlus 7 Pro 5G users will need to wait quite a bit to get the Android 10 update. The company’s global community manager said the update is expected to be released sometime in Q1 2020.

November 4, 2019: OnePlus is now rolling out the stable version of Android 10 to the OnePlus 6 and 6T. The update should reach users widely over the next few days.

November 12, 2019: Pete Lau has explained on the company’s forum why OnePlus 7 Pro 5G users have to wait until Q1 to get the Android 10 update. The executive said that 5G “uses a different communications module to establish a faster connection as opposed to 4G, and requires a deeper level of understanding and more rigorous tests, debugging and optimizations to be done to our software and hardware.” He also added that “to achieve the best experience possible, we had to make system optimizations from the fundamental system architecture, in order to deliver a truly fantastic 5G experience.” It looks like the process is a lot more complicated and time-consuming than it may look, which is why users will have to wait a few months for the update. You can read his full statement here.

November 15, 2019: The Android 10 update for the OnePlus 6 and 6T has been halted due to various bugs. OnePlus said it’s “working on a new build with more issue fixing.” The company didn’t specify when the update will roll out globally, only saying it’ll be available “once it’s ready.”

November 25, 2019: OnePlus has confirmed that the OnePlus 10 update for the OnePlus 6 and 6T is almost ready and will start rolling out again soon. Right now, it is awaiting CTS approval. If all goes smoothly, users should expect the update next week.

December 5, 2019: As promised, OnePlus has started rolling out the stable version of Android 10 to the OnePlus 6 and 6T again.

December 30, 2019: T-Mobile is finally rolling out the Android 10 update to the OnePlus 7 Pro.

February 14, 2020: T-Mobile variants of the OnePlus 6T are now finally receiving the stable Android 10. The update comes in at around 1.6GB.

March 3, 2020: The long-awaited Android 10 update for the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G is now finally rolling out, coming in at over 2GB — learn more here.

March 23, 2020: Looks like Sprint has finally released the stable version of Android 10 for the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G.

April 27, 2020: OnePlus has announced that OnePlus 5 and 5T users can download a beta version of Oxygen OS version 10.0 based on Android 10. There’s no word on when the stable version of the update will be ready, but we imagine we won’t have to wait long — learn more here.

May 1, 2020: OnePlus has released a new beta update for the OnePlus 5 and 5T that comes with a few bug fixes and tweaks. It also includes the April 2020 Android security patch.

May 20, 2020: OnePlus launched the third Android 10 beta for the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T, which comes with a few bug fixes and tweaks. There’s still no word on when the stable version will be released.

May 26, 2020: OnePlus is now rolling out the stable version of Android 10 to the OnePlus 5 and 5T. The update comes in at around 1.8GB.

3. Samsung Android 10 update

Android 10 update for Samsung phones

September 17, 2019: Looks like Samsung will soon release its first Android 10 beta update. Rumors have it that the company will roll it out in the US and Europe in early October. There’s no word on which devices will get it, but it’s a good bet we’ll see it on new flagship series such as the Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy S10.

October 23, 2019: Samsung has confirmed that the One UI 2.0 beta — based on Android 10 — for the Galaxy Note 10 series will come to the US. The rollout seems to be restricted to the regular Note 10 and Note 10 Plus models, with no mention of the 5G variants. Only unlocked phones will be compatible. In addition to the US, the beta program has also been confirmed for Germany.

November 7, 2019: The third iteration of the One UI 2.0 beta is rolling out now to Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10e devices. The latest version of the Android 10-based update is available now to all beta program testers and includes a bunch of bug fixes — learn more here.

November 14, 2019: The beta version of the Android 10 update for the unlocked Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Plus has apparently been launched in the US. Users can sign up for the update via the Samsung Members app.

November 18, 2019: Samsung is rolling out its second Android 10 beta to Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus devices. The new One UI 2.0 beta carries the software version N97*FXXU1ZSK8 and has apparently been spotted on Note 10 devices in India. The same update will likely hit devices in the US, Germany, and South Korea soon.

November 20, 2019: Samsung is shipping out the Android 10-based One UI 2.0 beta to the Galaxy Note 9 in South Korea. This bodes well for a release in other markets, as Samsung doesn’t usually take its time to bring a One UI 2.0 beta to other regions. So we’re expecting a US and European roll-out in the coming days.

November 21, 2019: Samsung is pushing out the sixth beta update to the Galaxy S10 family. The update is apparently being rolled out to all countries where the Galaxy S10 beta is available — learn more here.

November 27, 2019: Samsung Israel has revealed the Android 10 roadmap for a few Samsung devices. You can check it out below, but keep in mind that the updates may ship out sooner or later in other markets.

  • January 2020 — Galaxy S10, Note 10, and Note 9
  • April 2020 — Galaxy S9, Galaxy A7 (2018), Galaxy A9 (2018), Galaxy A50, Galaxy A70, and Galaxy Tab S6
  • May 2020 — Galaxy A20, Galaxy A10, Galaxy A30s, and Galaxy A10s
  • July 2020 — Galaxy Tab S5e and Galaxy Tab S4 10.5

November 28, 2019: It looks like Samsung is ahead of schedule, as the company has reportedly pushed out the stable Android 10-based One UI 2.0 update to the Galaxy S10 phones. The update is only rolling out in Germany for now but is expected to make its way to other markets soon.

November 29, 2019: Samsung UK and India have revealed their Android 10 update roadmaps, which are a little bit different than the one shared by Samsung Israel a few days ago. Samsung’s 2 018 and 2019 flagships will get updated to Android 10-based One UI 2.0 in January 2020 in both countries. This differs from the Israeli roadmap, which shows that the Galaxy S9 series will only get the update in April 2020, while the other 2018 and 2019 flagships get it in January.

The Indian roadmap also gives us update details regarding the Galaxy M series, noting that the Galaxy M20 and M30 will receive the Android 10 update in January 2020. Other M-series phones slated to get the update are the Galaxy M40 (March 2020), Galaxy M30s (April 2020), and Galaxy M10s (May 2020).

December 3, 2019: After being released in Germany a week ago, the Android 10-based One UI 2.0 update for the Galaxy S10 phones is now rolling out in a bunch of other countries. These include Algeria, Bangladesh, France, India, Ireland, Poland, Russia, Spain, the UAE, and the UK, among others.

December 10, 2019: SamMobile reports that the Galaxy S10 5G is now getting the stable version of Android 10 with One UI 2.0 on top in South Korea. The update is expected to reach other markets soon.

December 11, 2019: Samsung is rolling out Android 10 beta updates to the Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, and Note 9 in the US, according to SamMobile. Those interested in trying them out can sign up via the Samsung Members app.

December 12, 2019: Samsung is shipping out Android 10 with One UI 2.0 on top to the Galaxy M20 and M30 in India, SamMobile reports. This is surprising because the two phones were originally scheduled to get the update next month. Looks like Samsung decided to speed things up, which is always great news for consumers.

December 18, 2019: Samsung announced Android 10 with One UI 2 is now rolling out to Galaxy S10 phones in the US. The company also announced the update will be available for Galaxy Note 10 phones by the end of December.

December 20, 2019: The stable version of Android 10 is now rolling out to the Galaxy Note 10 in more than 30 countries, including the UK, Russia, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, and Mexico.

December 23, 2019: The unlocked versions of the Galaxy S10 phones in the US are now receiving the stable Android 10 update.

December 30, 2019: According to users on Reddit, T-Mobile is rolling out the stable version of Android 10 to the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus.

December 31, 2019: The unlocked variants of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus in the US are now receiving the stable Android 10/One UI 2.0 update.

December 31, 2019: Samsung is now rolling out the stable Android 10/One UI 2.0 update to Galaxy Note 9 models that were enrolled in the beta testing program — learn more here.

January 2, 2020: The Star Wars Special Edition of the Galaxy Note 10 Plus as well as the Sprint variant of the device are now receiving the stable Android 10 update.

January 3, 2020: Samsung is now rolling out the stable version of Android 10 to the Galaxy Note 9, SamMobile reports. The update is available in Germany for now but should reach other countries soon.

January 8, 2020: The Galaxy A30 is now getting the Android 10 update in China and Hong Kong, according to Get Droid Tips. The update is expected to hit other markets soon.

January 8, 2020: The stable version of Android 10 is currently rolling out to the Galaxy A40s in China and Hong Kong, SamMobile reports. We expect the update to reach other markets soon, although the exact date is unknown at the moment.

January 10, 2020: Samsung is pushing out the latest stable Android 10 update to unlocked Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G devices in the UK. The update is also rolling out to Indonesian variants of the Note 10 series.

January 14, 2020: Samsung has released the sixth One UI 2.0 beta update for the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. It is currently rolling out in India and should make it to other regions shortly.

January 16, 2020: According to users on Reddit, Android 10 is now available for both the unlocked and Vodafone-branded Galaxy Note 10 models in Australia.

January 28, 2020: Samsung has started rolling out the stable Android 10 to the Galaxy S9 series in Germany and the US (Xfinity Mobile).

January 29, 2020: Android 10 has now officially started rolling out to Galaxy Note 9 devices across the US. At the moment, the update is available for US Cellular, Xfinity Mobile, Spectrum Mobile, and Comcast users. It should make its way to major carriers and unlocked devices soon.

January 29, 2020: T-Mobile is rolling out Android 10 with Samsung’s One UI 2.0 on top to the Galaxy S10 5G edition.

February 4, 2020: According to one of our readers, Galaxy S9 devices on AT&T are now getting the stable version of Android 10. Thanks, Kody!

February 5, 2020: The stable version of Android 10 is now hitting Galaxy Note 9 devices on AT&T.

February 7, 2020: According to SamMobile, the stable version of Android 10 is hitting Galaxy M20 devices in Germany, Luxemburg, and Greece.

February 12, 2020: It looks like Samsung is rolling out the stable Android 10 with One UI 2.0 on top to the Galaxy A90 5G, according to RootMyGalaxy. The update is only available in South Korea for now.

February 13, 2020: Galaxy A50s phones in Vietnam are now receiving the stable Android 10, SamMobile reports. The update is expected to reach other markets soon.

February 13, 2020: According to a report by SamMobile, Samsung is rolling out the stable Android 10 to the Galaxy A30 in India.

February 18, 2020: It looks like the stable Android 10 is hitting the Verizon variants of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

February 20, 2020: After hitting devices in Vietnam a week ago, the Android 10 update for the Galaxy A50s is now being released in Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, and the Philippines, PiunikaWeb reports. More countries are expected to join the list soon.

February 20, 2020: According to Tizen Help, Samsung is rolling out Android 10 to the Galaxy A70. The update is available in Ukraine for now but should reach other markets soon.

February 23, 2020: T-Mobile’s Galaxy S9 units are now receiving the stable version of Android 10, along with the February 2020 security patch.

February 25, 2020: According to Droid Life, the Verizon variants of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are receiving Android 10.

February 25, 2020: T-Mobile has started rolling out Android 10 to Galaxy Note 9 devices. The update also includes the February 2020 security patch.

February 26, 2020: The Android 10 update for the Galaxy A50s is now available in India as well, PiunikaWeb reports.

February 28, 2020: The Android 10 update for the Galaxy S9 has been “temporarily paused” by T-Mobile, less than a week after the carrier started rolling it out.

March 2, 2020: Android 10 is now apparently rolling out to Sprint variants of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. The update includes the February security patch.

March 2, 2020: T-Mobile is now shipping out Android 10 to the Galaxy S9 devices again, after pausing the rollout last week.

March 12, 2020: Tizen Help reports that the Android 10 update is rolling out to the Galaxy A70s in India.

March 13, 2020: According to SamMobile, Samsung is rolling out Android 10 to the Galaxy A6 (2018) and Galaxy A80 in France. Additionally, the company also released Android 10 for the Galaxy A50 in South Korea. All three updates are expected to reach other markets soon.

March 14, 2020: PiunikaWeb reports that Android 10 is rolling out to the Galaxy A7 (2018) in India and the UAE. It should expand to other markets soon, though.

March 17, 2020: XDA-Developers reports that Samsung is shipping out Android 10 with One UI 2.0 on top to the Galaxy M30s in India.

March 26, 2020: SamMobile reports that Samsung is rolling out Android 10 to the Galaxy Fold. The update is only available in France for now but should make its way to other markets soon.

April 1, 2020: Android 10 is now available for the Samsung Galaxy A10s, according to SamMobile. The update is hitting devices in Malaysia at the moment and is expected to expand to other countries soon.

April 1, 2020: Samsung is shipping out Android 10 to the Galaxy A6 Plus in Poland, SamMobile reports. The update is expected to make its way to other markets soon.

April 7, 2020: XDA-Developers report that Samsung is rolling out Android 10 to the Galaxy J6 in Panama. The update should reach other markets shortly.

April 8, 2020: Android 10 is now rolling out to the Galaxy Fold devices in the US. The update comes in at around 2GB.

April 8, 2020: According to XDA-Developers, the Galaxy A10, A20e, and XCover 4s are all receiving Android 10.

April 9, 2020: Android 10 is rolling out to the Galaxy A60, but only in China and South Korea for now. It should reach other markets soon.

April 9, 2020: The Galaxy A50 is getting Android 10 in more markets, SamMobile reports. These include Poland, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. More will join the list soon.

April 16, 2020: SamMobile reports that the Galaxy A30s is now receiving Android 10 in several countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Laos, Libya, Malaysia, the Philippines, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and the UAE.

April 22, 2020: According to TmoNews, T-Mobile is rolling out Android 10 with Samsung’s One UI 2.1 on top to the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10e.

April 24, 2020: The Verizon variant of the Galaxy Tab S6 is now receiving the Android 10 update.

April 27, 2020: According to PiunikaWeb, the Galaxy A20 is now receiving Android 10 in Vietnam, Russia, Chile, the Philippines, and Australia. More countries are expected to join the list soon.

May 6, 2020: After hitting Verizon models, Android 10 is now making its way to unlocked versions (Wi-Fi only) of the Galaxy Tab S6 in the US, AndroidPolice reports.

May 25, 2020: The Galaxy A50 is now receiving Android 10 in India, per SamMobile.

June 23, 2020: SamMobile reports that Samsung is rolling out the Android 10 update to the Galaxy Tab S4 and Tab S5e tablets. However, the updates are only available in France (Tab S4) and the UK (Tab S5e) for now.

June 30, 2020: Verizon variants of the Galaxy A10s and Galaxy A20 are now receiving Android 10.

July 2, 2020: The 2019 Galaxy Tab A 10.1 and Galaxy Tab A 8.0 are both receiving Android 10 with One UI 2.1, according to SamMobile.

July 2, 2020: Got a Galaxy A10e or A20 on Verizon? Then the Android 10 update is rolling out to you right now.

July 6, 2020: According to SamMobile, the Android 10 update for the Galaxy Tab S5e has expanded to loads of countries across Europe and Asia, including Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and India.

July 14, 2020: According to XDA-Developers, Samsung is rolling out Android 10 to the Galaxy J8, but only in Russia for now. Additionally, the Galaxy Tab 10.5 is also getting the Android 10 update in a number of markets.

July 21, 2020: Sprint is rolling out Android 10 to the affordable Galaxy A20 phones.

July 29, 2020: It’s taken a while, but T-Mobile has now joined Sprint in rolling out Android 10 and One UI 2.0 to the Galaxy A20.

4. Nokia Android 10 update

Nokia 9 PureView

September 27, 2019: HMD Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas confirmed on Twitter that the Nokia 2.1, Nokia 1 Plus, and Nokia 1 will all receive the Android 10 (Go Edition) update. However, it’s going to take some time before the update reaches the phones — lean more here.

October 9, 2019: Android 10 is now rolling out to the Nokia 8.1. The news was announced by Juho Sarvikas via his Twitter account.

October 14, 2019: Android 10 beta builds for Nokia phones have leaked. These include the Nokia 6.1, 6.1 Plus, 7 Plus, and Nokia 7.1. They are internal builds, which means they are definitely not designed for public use. Although there are straightforward instructions on how to flash one of these Android 10 Nokia beta builds to your device — learn more here — we’d advise against doing so if you use that phone as your daily driver. Anyway, if the beta builds have popped up online, the stable versions should be released relatively soon.

December 5, 2019: Nokia has announced on Twitter that it started rolling out the stable version of Android 10 to the Nokia 9 PureView.

December 10, 2019: Nokia 7.1 is now receiving the stable version of Android 10.

January 6, 2020: The stable Android 10 update has been released for the Nokia 6.1 Plus.

January 7, 2020: The stable Android 10 update is now hitting the Nokia 7 Plus.

January 8, 2020: Nokia has announced on Twitter that it has released the stable Android 10 update for the Nokia 6.1.

March 11, 2020: Nokia has added three new devices to its Android 10 roadmap, revealing that the Nokia 2.3, 6.2, and 7.2 will get the latest version of Google’s OS by the end of this month.

March 17, 2020: Android 10 is now rolling out to Nokia 2.2 devices.

March 31, 2020: Android 10 is now making its way to the mid-range Nokia 7.2.

April 7, 2020: Nokia 3.2 is now receiving the Android 10 update.

April 9, 2020: Android 10 for the Nokia 4.2 has now been released.

April 15, 2020: The Android 10 update is now making its way to the Nokia 8 Sirocco.

April 22, 2020: Nokia is shipping out the stable version of Android 10 to Nokia 2.3 devices.

April 28, 2020: Great news for Nokia 6.2 users. Nokia is now rolling out Android 10 to the device.

April 29, 2020: Android 10 (Go edition) is making its way to Nokia 1 Plus devices.

April 30, 2020: Nokia 9 PureView is now finally getting Android 10 in India, Gadgets360 reports.

May 13, 2020: Android 10 is making its way to the Nokia 3.1 Plus.

May 19, 2020: The Android 10 rollout for the Nokia 5.1 Plus has now kicked off.

July 7, 2020: Android 10 is rolling out to the Nokia 1. According to HMD Global, the update should hit all devices by July 12.

5. Huawei/Honor Android 10 update

huawei p30 pro vs huawei mate 20 pro held in hand showing displays

September 9, 2019: At IFA 2019, Huawei revealed its roadmap for the EMUI 10 update, which is based on Android 10. Huawei will first roll out the latest version of Android to the P30 and P30 Pro in November. The update will then make its way to the Mate 20 phones as well as the Honor 20 and View 20 a month later. The P30 Lite, P20 series, and Mate 10 series will get the update in March 2020, while the rest of supported Huawei/Honor phones will receive it sometime in Q2 next year.

October 22, 2019: Huawei has announced that the beta version of Android 10 is ready for the Honor 20, 20 Pro, and View 20. The company is looking for users to test it in Germany — there are 400 seats available. Those interested can enroll in the beta program via the company’s Beta-test app.

November 13, 2019: According to a few users on Reddit, the Chinese variant of the Huawei P30 Pro is receiving the Android 10 update. The problem is that one Redditor claims the 4.99GB update left him without the ability to use the Google Play Store. We don’t know how many users will encounter this issue, but we expect it will be isolated to Chinese variants of Huawei’s devices. For now, there’s no word on when the update will reach other markets, but we likely won’t have to wait much longer.

November 14, 2019: The stable Android 10 update is rolling out to the P30 and P30 Pro in Europe. The update comes in at over 4GB.

November 15, 2019: Huawei is now shipping out the stable version of the Android 10 update to a number of devices in China, according to HuaweiCentral. These include the Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Huawei Mate 20 RS, Mate 20 X 4G, Honor 20, Honor 20 Pro, Honor V20, and the Honor Magic 2.

November 16, 2019: HuaweiCentral reports that Honor is rolling out the stable version of Magic UI 3.0 based on Android 10 globally to the Honor 20, 20 Pro, and V20.

November 18, 2019: Great news for Huawei Nova 5T owners. HuaweiCentral reports that the phone is now receiving the stable version of EMUI 10 based on Android 10 globally. The update comes in at around 4.5GB.

November 21, 2019: Honor has kicked off the EMUI 10 internal beta registrations for the Honor 10, Honor V10, Honor 8X, and Huawei Nova 4 owners in China, according to HuaweiCentral. This may mean the program will launch in other regions soon.

November 22, 2019: The Honor 10 Lite and Honor 20i are now receiving EMUI 10 beta based on Android 10 in India.

November 26, 2019: Honor is beta-testing the Android 10-based update on Honor 8X devices in India. Those interested in testing out the new features can sign up here.

November 27, 2019: During the View 30 launch event in China, Honor announced that the next phones in line to get the Android 10-based Magic UI 3.0 update are Honor 10, Honor V10, Honor 8X, Honor 9X, Honor 9X Pro, Honor 20s, and Honor 20 Lite. Note that this was a China-specific announcement and that Honor has not revealed its global Android 10 update plans yet. Still, it’s likely that the global variants of these phones will also get the update.

December 2, 2019: According to HuaweiCentral, Vodafone is rolling out the stable Android 10 updates to the Huawei P30 and Mate 20 series devices in several countries, including UK, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands and more.

December 18, 2019: Huawei is rolling out EMUI 10 based on Android 10 to 14 of its smartphones in China. Here’s the list:

  • Huawei Mate 10
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 10 RS Porsche Design
  • Huawei P20
  • Huawei P20 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 20 X 5G
  • Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design
  • Huawei Nova 4e
  • Huawei Enjoy 10 Plus
  • Huawei Enjoy 9s
  • Huawei Maimang 8
  • Huawei Maimang 7
  • Honor 20i/Lite
  • Honor 10 Youth Ed

This means that the global rollouts for the devices above should happen in the near future, although Huawei hasn’t shared the exact timelines yet.

January 20, 2020: Huawei shared an updated EMUI 10 roadmap, revealing that it will roll it out to the P30 Pro, P30, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20, Mate 20 X, and Nova 5T sometime this month. Other phones will follow in the months to come — learn more here.

March 11, 2020: According to Android Police, the stable version of Android 10 is expected to hit the Honor 20, 20 Pro, View 20, and 9X on March 15.

March 17, 2020: According to HuaweiCentral, the stable version of Android 10 with EMUI 10 on top is rolling out to the foldable Mate X.

May 28, 2020: According to XDA-Developers, Huawei is finally rolling out the stable version of Android 10 to the P20 and Mate 10 globally. The updates come in at around 4.5GB each.

6. Xiaomi Android 10 update

Xiaomi Android 10 update

September 3, 2019: Surprisingly, Xiaomi is already rolling out Android 10 to the Redmi K20 Pro. According to XDA-Developers’ Mishaal Rahman, the update is only available in China. That said, K20 Pro owners around the world should expect to get Android 10 very soon.

September 12, 2019: Looks like the Android 10 update for the Xiaomi Mi 9T (also known as the Redmi K20) is just around the corner. Xiaomi told AusDroid that it plans on rolling it out in October.

September 24, 2019: According to users of Xiaomi’s Mi Community forum, the stable version of Android 10 is rolling out to Redmi K20 Pro devices in India.

September 30, 2019: According to a Xiaomi support representative (via PiunikaWeb), the Android 10 update will start rolling out to the Mi A2 Lite in the UK next week.

January 3, 2020: The stable version of Android 10 is now rolling out to the Xiaomi Mi 9T as well as the Redmi K20. These two devices are essentially the same, but the Redmi device is more focused on developing markets such as India and China while the Mi 9T is marketed in places such as Europe.

January 8, 2020: Xiaomi is shipping out the stable version of Android 10 to the Xiaomi Mi 8. The update comes in at 1.9GB and includes the December security patch.

January 8, 2020: The stable version of Android 10 is rolling out to the Redmi Note 8 Pro in China. The update is expected to hit the global variants of the phone soon.

January 11, 2020: Xiaomi is rolling out the stable version of Android 10 to the Xiaomi Mi A2, according to XDA-Developers. The update comes in at 1.3GB.

January 14, 2020: Xiaomi India has confirmed on Twitter that it will release the stable Android 10 update for the Mi A3 devices in mid-February.

January 16, 2020: Tme.net reports that Xiaomi is rolling out the stable version of Android 10 with MIUI 11 on top to the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s. The update is only available in China for now but should make its way to other regions soon.

January 21, 2020: Xiaomi is rolling out the stable version of MIUI 11 based on Android 10 to the Pocophone F1.

January 21, 2020: According to one of our readers, Xiaomi has released the stable Android update for the Mi A2 smartphone. Thanks for the tip, Rasmus!

February 29, 2020: According to PiunikaWeb, Xiaomi has finally started rolling out Android 10 to its Android One device, the Mi A3.

February 29, 2020: According to XDA-Developers, Android 10 is rolling out to the Redmi Note 8 Pro. For now, the update is available in certain European countries and Russia, but it’s expected to expand to more markets soon.

March 2, 2020: Just a few days after releasing it, Xiaomi has stopped the rollout of Android 10 for the Mi A3 due to various bugs. This was confirmed by a Xiaomi representative in an email sent to a user who then shared the response on Twitter.

March 6, 2020: The Pocophone F1 is now receiving the stable version of Android 10 — learn more here.

March 7, 2020: According to one of Xiaomi’s support agents (via Piunika Web), the Android 10 update may begin rolling out to the Mi A3 again by the end of this month.

March 9, 2020: Xiaomi started rolling out Android 10 to the Mi A2 Lite, but users quickly made it aware that the update is full of bugs and can even brick your phone. You can learn more here.

March 10, 2020: Xiaomi has acknowledged the issues with the Mi A2 Lite’s Android 10 update and has now shared a fix for those affected, which you can check out here.

March 18, 2020: It looks like Xiaomi has re-released the Android 10 update for the Mi A3, PiunikaWeb reports.

April 14, 2020: Xiaomi has released a new Android 10 update for the Mi A2 Lite that hopefully won’t brick your phone like the last one did.

April 28, 2020: Xiaomi has started rolling out Android 10 to the Black Shark 2 gaming phone. A limited number of users will get the update first before it rolls out to everyone starting May 6. The update will also start hitting the Black Shark Pro devices starting April 30.

May 5, 2020: Xiaomi is shipping out Android 10 to Mi A3 devices in Europe.

May 7, 2020: Xiaomi is rolling out what is calls a Global Beta Stable to the Mi Note 10 devices. It’s not a stable release, but it is close to it. Better than nothing, I guess.

May 28, 2020: Xiaomi has released the global stable Android 10 update for the Mi Note 10 and 10 Pro.

June 29, 2020: The Redmi 8 has received a stable Android 10 update in China, with global availability presumably following shortly. This isn’t a MIUI 12 update though.

June 30, 2020: Got a Redmi 7A in India? PiunikaWeb reports that stable Android 10 is currently rolling out to you.

July 28, 2020: Redmi 8A users in China are reportedly getting stable Android 10 right now. Hopefully global users aren’t far behind.

August 6, 2020: BGR reports that the global versions of the Redmi 8 and 8A are now receiving the stable Android 10 update.


7. Motorola Android 10 update

Motorola One Action back on a table 1

November 5, 2019: According to Android Police, the beta version of Android 10 is rolling out to Motorola One Power users enrolled in the Motorola Feedback Network. Unfortunately, there’s no word on which countries the update is available in.

December 10, 2019: Motorola is rolling out the stable version of Android 10 to the Motorola One Power. It’s a staged rollout that should be completed by January 10, 2020.

January 6, 2020: The stable version of Android 10 is now hitting the Motorola One Vision in Brazil and should make it to all the handsets in the country by February 6. The update is expected to reach other markets soon.

January 10, 2020: Motorola is shipping out the stable version of Android 10 to One Action devices in Brazil. We expect to see the update reach other markets soon.

January 22, 2020: According to Tudocelular, Motorola is rolling out the stable version of Android 10 to the Moto G7 Plus in Brazil. The update is expected to reach Europe, the US, and other markets soon.

March 11, 2020: According to users on Reddit, the Moto Z4 is now receiving the Android 10 update.

March 25, 2020: Android 10 is rolling out to the Motorola One, but only in Brazil for now. The update is expected to reach other markets soon.

April 1, 2020: According to users on Reddit, Verizon variants of the Moto Z4 are receiving Android 10.

May 11, 2020: Motorola is scheduled to start rolling out Android 10 to the Moto Razr in “mid-May” — learn more here.

May 12, 2020: Motorola has started rolling out Android 10 to the Moto G7 in Brazil. The update is expected to reach other markets soon.

June 8, 2020: According to XDA-Developers, the Moto G7 Power is receiving the stable Android 10. The update is currently rolling out in Brazil and is expected to make its way to other markets soon.

June 17, 2020: According to a Reddit user, Motorola has released Android 10 for the Moto G7 Play. However, the update is only available in Brazil for now.

July 3, 2020: A Redditor has reported that the Moto G7 Play in Canada has now received the Android 10 update.

July 20, 2020: It looks like Motorola is rolling out Android 10 to the Moto G8 Plus, but only in Brazil and Spain for now. The update is expected to hit other markets soon.

July 31, 2020: The beta version of Android that’s part of a soak test is rolling out to the Motorola One Zoom and Moto G8 Plus in Brazil, XDA-Developers reports. This means that the stable version shouldn’t be too far from its release.

8. Sony Android 10 update

Sony Xperia 1 Android 10

November 15, 2019: Sony finally announced which of its devices would get the Android 10 update and when. The Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 devices will receive the update in December before the rest of Sony’s devices. Xperia 10, 10 Plus, XZ2, XZ2 Compact, XZ2 Premium, and XZ3 owners can expect the update to begin rolling out to their devices sometime in early 2020, but timing and availability will vary depending on the user’s market and carrier.

December 5, 2019: Sony is rolling out the stable version of Android 10 to the Xperia 1 and 5 globally, according to PiunikaWeb.

January 6, 2020: XDA-Developers reports that Sony has released the stable Android 10 update for the Xperia XZ3, XZ2, XZ2 Compact, and XZ2 Premium phones.

May 8, 2020: Users on Russian forum 4PDA report that the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus are receiving Android 10. The update is expected to reach other markets soon.

9. LG Android 10 update

LG G8 ThinQ Review against mirror

October 15, 2019: LG has announced the start of the Android 10 public preview program in its home country of South Korea. The company plans to release the official update by the end of the year. The tech giant hasn’t committed to an international release date yet, but it looks like we can expect the Android 10 update to come to the West in early 2020. Until then, the first device to get the preview is LG’s G8 ThinQ, followed by the V50 ThinQ next month.

November 1, 2019: LG announced that it will start rolling out the Android 10 update to the LG G8 ThinQ by the end of this year.

December 2, 2019: LG is apparently rolling out the stable version of Android 10 to the G8 ThinQ in South Korea. The update includes the November 2019 Android security patch.

December 17, 2019: According to multiple users on Twitter, Android 10 is now rolling out to the LG G7 One.

January 16, 2020: XDA-Developers reports that LG is rolling out the stable Android 10 to the LG V50 ThinQ in South Korea. The update will likely make it to other markets soon.

January 20, 2020: Android 10 is rolling out to the LG G8 ThinQ in the US. The update is currently hitting Verizon and Sprint variants of the phone and is expected to reach other carriers soon.

January 24, 2020: LG has released its Android 10 roadmap, revealing which devices will get the latest version of Android and when. Here’s the list:

  • February 2020 — LG V50 ThinQ
  • Q2 2020 — LG G8X ThinQ
  • Q3 2020 — LG G7 ThinQ, LG G8S ThinQ, and LG V40 ThinQ
  • Q4 2020 — LG K40S, LG K50, LG K50S, and LG Q60

The roadmap revealed is for Italy, but we expect that the timeline above will apply globally as well.

January 31, 2020: According to a user on Reddit, the unlocked version of the LG G8 ThinQ has received the stable Android 10 in the US.

February 12, 2020: Users on Reddit report that the stable Android 10 is rolling out to the LG V50 ThinQ on Sprint.

February 22, 2020: According to users on Reddit, Android 10 is hitting T-Mobile variants of the LG G8 ThinQ.

May 13, 2020: According to users on Reddit, AT&T is rolling out Android 10 to the V40 ThinQ.

May 15, 2020: Sprint is rolling out Android 10 to the LG G8X ThinQ.

May 19, 2020: Verizon is now rolling out Android 10 to the LG V50 ThinQ.

May 20, 2020: According to users on Reddit, Android 10 is now rolling out to the T-Mobile variant of the LG G7 ThinQ.

May 20, 2020: According to PiunikaWeb, AT&T is rolling out Android 10 to the LG V35 ThinQ.

June 2, 2020: Verizon has started rolling out Android 10 to the LG V40 ThinQ.

June 9, 2020: AT&T has released the Android 10 update for the LG G8X ThinQ.

June 25, 2020: As spotted by PiunikaWeb, both Verizon and Metro by T-Mobile are rolling out Android 10 to the LG Stylo 5.

June 29, 2020: T-Mo News reports that LG Stylo 5 users on T-Mobile itself are also receiving the Android 10 update.

July 13, 2020: MyLGPhones reports that LG is rolling out Android 10 to the LG Q70, but only in South Korea for now. We expect the update to hit other markets soon.

August 4, 2020: According to a thread on Reddit, the LG G7 ThinQ is now receiving Android 10 in various European countries as well as in Canada.

10. HTC Android 10 update

Android 10 for HTC

March 11, 2020: According to PiunikaWeb, HTC is rolling out Android 10 to the HTC U11 Life.

11. Asus Android 10 update

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October 22, 2019: According to PiunikaWeb, Asus is rolling out the open beta Android 10 update to the Zenfone 5Z. The update comes with the new ZenUI 6 on top.

November 5, 2019: Asus is rolling out the stable version of Android 10 to the Zenfone 6 in the US and India.

November 5, 2019: XDA-Developers report that Asus has released the Android 10 kernel source code for the Zenfone 6/6Z.

November 7, 2019: The EU variant of the Zenfone 6 is now receiving Android 10.

November 9, 2019: Asus has kicked off the Android 10 beta program for the ROG Phone 2 and is looking for testers. To apply, one must own a ROG Phone 2 (obviously), share the device’s IMEI and serial numbers, and be an active member of the ZenTalk forums. Those interested can sign up here.

November 27, 2019: Asus is rolling out the stable version of Android 10 to the ZenFone 5Z.

March 9, 2020: The ROG Phone 2 is now finally receiving the stable version of Android 10.

April 23, 2020: Asus is rolling out Android 10 to the ZenFone Max M2 (ZB633KL).

12. Oppo Android 10 update

Oppo Reno 2 profile shot of back showing gradient

October 2, 2019: Oppo has released the beta version of Android 10 for the Oppo Reno, according to GizChina. The update is only available in China for now.

October 23, 2019: Oppo has announced that it will roll out what seems like a beta update of the Android 10 to a limited number of Oppo Reno devices in India. The update will then also expand to Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia by the end of this month.

May 10, 2020: Oppo is shipping out the stable Android 10 with ColorOS 7 on top to the Oppo Reno 2F.

June 12, 2020: According to BGR, Oppo is rolling out Android 10 with ColorOS 7 on top to the Oppo F9 and F9 Pro.

June 16, 2020: Android 10 is now rolling out to the Oppo A5 (2020) and A9 (2020).

June 24, 2020: Oppo is shipping out Android 10 with ColorOS 7 on top to Oppo F7 devices.

Juy 10, 2020: Oppo has released the Android 10 update with ColorOS 7 on top for the Oppo R15.

July 24, 2020: The ColorOS 7 update atop Android 10 is now coming to the Oppo F15 and A91. The manufacturer says the update is coming to users in  India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri-Lanka, Nepal, Thailand, Malay, Vietnam, Russia, and Kazakhstan.

13. Vivo Android 10 update

Vivo Android update

April 15, 2020: According to GSMArena, Vivo is rolling out Android 10 to the NEX 3 5G.

June 9, 2020: Looks like Vivo is now rolling out Android 10 to the Z1 Pro and Z1x in India.

14. Realme Android 10 update

Realme 5 in hand showing display and homescreen

September 13, 2019: Realme has revealed its Android 10 roadmap. The company will first roll out Android 10 to the Realme 3 Pro, Realme 5 Pro, Realme X, and Realme XT in Q1 2020. The update will then make its way to the Realme 3, 3i, and 5 in Q2, and to the Realme 2 Pro in Q3.

October 28, 2019: Realme has revealed its Android 10 roadmap for a few more devices. The Realme X Lite and Realme Q will get it in the first quarter of next year, while the Realme X2 and X2 Pro should receive it in Q2 2020. Keep in mind that these time frames only apply to Chinese versions of the phones. However, we expect the updates to make it to other markets a few weeks after being released in China.

November 26, 2019: Oppo has revealed its Android 10 roadmap. The latest version of Google’s OS will hit a number of the company’s handsets. You can check out exactly which ones and when below:

  • January 2020 — Realme 3 Pro, Realme XT
  • February 2020 — Realme X, Realme 5 Pro
  • March 2020 — Realme X2 Pro
  • April 2020 — Realme 3, Realme 3i
  • May 2020 — Realme 5, Realme 5S
  • June 2020 — Realme 2 Pro
  • Q3 2020 — Realme C2

November 29, 2019: Responding to a user on Twitter, Realme said that the Realme 1, Realme U1, Realme C1, and the Realme 2 won’t receive the Android 10 update.

January 21, 2020: Realme is rolling out the stable Android 10 along with its new Realme UI to the XT and 3 Pro smartphones.

February 27, 2020: Realme is shipping out the stable Android 10 with Realme UI on top to the Realme X and 5 Pro phones.

April 1, 2020: The stable version of Android 10 is now rolling out to the Realme X2 and Realme X2 Pro.

April 30, 2020: Android 10 with Realme UI on top is rolling out to the Realme 3 and 3i.

May 31, 2020: Realme is rolling out the stable version of Android 10 to the Realme 5, 5i, and 5s in India.

June 23, 2020: As promised, Realme has started rolling out Android 10 to the Realme 2 Pro.

15. ZTE Android 10 update

ZTE Axon 10 Pro rear cameras

January 16, 2020: XDA-Developers reports that ZTE is rolling out the stable version of Android 10 to the Axon 10 Pro in Europe.

January 29, 2020: The Android 10 update for the ZTE Axon 10 Pro is available in the US, but you’ll have to sideload it. You can download it here and then follow instructions on ZTE’s website to install it.

16. TCL Android 10 update

TCL Logo CES 2020

January 26, 2020: According to TechValue, TCL is rolling out the Android 10 update to its Plex smartphone. In addition to all the usual Android 10 goodies, the update also weirdly includes the Modern Combat Rebel Guns game. Fortunately, it can be deleted from the phone.

Other Android 10-related coverage:

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Samsung Galaxy Fold 2: All the juicy rumors so far (Updated: June 25)

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Update, June 25, 2020 (02:03 PM ET): We have updated this article with some new Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 rumors. We’ve got some alleged design information as well as a particular feature the Fold 2 is likely to not have. Read on for more!

Original article: The original Samsung Galaxy Fold certainly made waves — both good and bad — which has led to a fair amount of interest and rumors around the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2. For all the good things about the original Fold, its shocking price tag kept most from being interested in picking up the device. Add in a very rocky launch, and it’s easy to understand why buyers may have been apprehensive at first.

Samsung has had time to sort out those issues with the upcoming Galaxy Fold 2. The firm has now shown the ability to make a rather exceptional foldable phone with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, and the early sales success of said device has demonstrated that people are willing to buy a folding phone. The time might be just right for Samsung to drop the next great foldable smartphone.

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We’re going to take a look at all of the Galaxy Fold 2 rumors we’ve heard so far. We will update this page as new rumors emerge. Make sure to check back often to see the latest developments from Samsung’s second-generation foldable phone.

Samsung Galaxy Fold 2: Name and release date

Samsung Galaxy Fold Review reflections

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Samsung tends to be reasonably predictable with its naming conventions, so we’re confident that the next device in the Fold line will be called the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2. The company could decide to change things up and go with a letter or something different, but we’re leaning towards Fold 2.

As far as a release date goes, Samsung did reveal a window for the device in its financial report. The company cited a “new foldable” coming in the second half of the year. Considering the original Samsung Galaxy Fold launched in the second half of 2019 (September 6, 2019, to be specific), it would stand to reason that the follow-up would come around the same time.

Heres what display industry insider Ross Young has to say about the potential announcement:

Unfortunately, you might not be able to actually get the phone in August. Young also says that the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 probably won’t enter full production until that month, which means it likely wouldn’t hit store shelves until September, at the earliest. It may be another situation where Samsung shows us the foldable during a big event but then tells us we’ll be able to actually buy it later.


Samsung Galaxy Fold rear cameras

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As far as the design of the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2, we’d expect an overall similar form factor to the original Samsung Galaxy Fold, with a few notable exceptions.

First, the Galaxy Fold 2 is tipped to drop the large camera notch for a more familiar solution. It’s purely speculation at this point, but it’s likely Samsung wasn’t happy with the unbecoming look of that design. Either way, we can expect to see a punch-hole camera in the upcoming phone, which some users might consider an improvement over the original Fold’s design. For what it’s worth, sometimes-reliable leaker Ice Universe backs up this claim.

We’d expect the device to feature both a large internal display that folds and a smaller external display, just like on the original fold. However, it’s very possible Samsung could increase the size of the external display, possibly even giving it more “normal” proportions.

According to SamMobile, the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 will be available in both black and brown color options. There’s no word yet on a silver color option like we saw on the original Galaxy Fold.

Rumored display specs

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Since the main selling point of the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 will be the displays, it’s not surprising that a bulk of the leaks we’ve seen are related to either the internal or external displays.

So far, rumors point to the Galaxy Fold 2 possibly having a 6.23-inch screen on the outside with an impressive 2,267 x 819 resolution. That display is likely to come with a 60Hz refresh rate.

As we reported, though, the main display on the inside could come in at a whopping 7.59 inches. The original Samsung Galaxy Fold had a 7.3-inch internal display, so it looks like the display of the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 could be a bit bigger. Instead of 2,152 x 1,536, the new Fold 2 will possibly have a 2,213 x 1,689 display.

The main display will be quite large, coming in at 7.59 inches.

The most exciting aspect of the internal display is the rumored 120Hz refresh rate. That high refresh rate could really improve the performance of the display and could end up being one of the device’s biggest selling points. Whether for gaming or general usage, a 120Hz display is easily one of the most substantial upgrades a phone’s screen can get, so the prospect of having it on a screen that’s well over 7-inches is exciting.

Internal specs and features

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As one might expect from a high-end 2020 smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 is tipped to feature 5G connectivity. With mobile data clearly moving toward the speed and performance offered by 5G, it seems all but necessary for Samsung to include it with its latest foldable.

The camera specs for the upcoming Galaxy Fold 2 have also leaked, and it appears that the device could feature the same camera system as the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus. That means it could come with a 12MP wide-angle sensor, a 64MP telephoto lens, a 12MP ultra-wide shooter, and a VGA time-of-flight sensor. In terms of smartphone cameras, those aren’t the best specs you can find, but it’s a solid array of lenses that’s versatile for a variety of photography purposes.

Rumors point to the Galaxy Fold 2 having some interesting specs. It might not be the total flagship experience you would expect.

Interestingly, an early report suggested the Galaxy Fold 2 could come with a Snapdragon 855 chipset instead of the new 865. Since Samsung started development on the phone several months ago, it’s possible the company didn’t have access to the latest chip before it needed to finalize its plans.

However, it’s also possible Samsung could add in the Snapdragon 865 ahead of the official Fold 2 release. Since the phone would practically need to be 5G-ready for it to stand with other 2020 flagships, it would make way more sense for the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 to come with a 5G-ready chipset rather than attach a 5G modem to last year’s processor. We’ll need to wait and see, though.

Finally, it seems that the Galaxy Fold 2 might not support the S Pen. Allegedly, this is due to the UTG being too delicate to support the high-pressure taps of a stylus.

Samsung Galaxy Fold 2: Price and availability

Rumors of the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 price could have buyers feeling a little skittish. According to Ross Young, the device will sell for between $ 1,780 and $ 1,980. That means it’ll sell within the same range as the original Samsung Galaxy Fold.

That high price was one of the Fold’s biggest detriments: buyers just didn’t seem to feel comfortable shelling out close to $ 2,000 for a yet unproven technology. If the Galaxy Fold 2 does end up at the $ 1,780 price point, that will make it $ 200 less than the original, which is certainly better, but still more expensive than most flagship phones on the market.

It’s tough to say in which countries the company will choose to release the Galaxy Fold 2. It’s a niche device that doesn’t have the same level of appeal as a phone from the Note or S line. However, we’d expect the phone to launch in the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom, and India since those are the countries in which Samsung released the original Fold.

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The Huawei and US debacle: The story so far (Updated March 2)

The headlines and details concerning the Trump administration’s blacklisting of Huawei have come in fast and furious over the past week. Here’s a breakdown of how the story has unfolded.

For a more detailed historical look at how Huawei has reached this point, check out our full summary here.

Wednesday, May 15:

The Trump administration adds Huawei to the US Department of Commerce’s Entity List via executive order, thereby blacklisting the company as far as US corporations are concerned.

Sunday, May 19:

Google publicly states it will obey the administration’s order: “We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications. For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices. Huawei will only be able to use the public version of Android and will not be able to get access to proprietary apps and services from Google.”

Monday, May 20:

Intel and Qualcomm join Google: Neither company issued a statement, but sources cited by Bloomberg said the companies would comply with the order.

Huawei issues first public response: “Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry. [We] will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally. We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.”

Huawei issues second public response: “Huawei has been building an alternative operating system just in case it is needed,” said spokesperson Glenn Schloss to CNN. “We would like to be able to continue operating in the Microsoft and Google ecosystems.”

Further reading: Huawei’s response to Google ban raises more questions than answers

Chinese government issues statement: “China supports Chinese companies defending their legitimate rights according to laws,” said Lu Kang, a spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to CNN. “In terms of what measures either Chinese companies or Chinese government would take, please wait and see.”

Huawei says plan B in the works: The company has an option to move forward without Google, according to several spokespersons. “We have been making a plan for this possible outcome,” said Huawei’s Jeremy Thompson, executive vice president in the U.K, speaking to the BBC. “We have a parallel program in place to develop an alternative. We would rather work with Android but if it doesn’t happen in the future we have an alternative in place which we think will delight our customers.”

US signs 90-day reprieve: On May 20, the Trump administration’s Commerce Department issued a temporary license that will allow Huawei to maintain its current products (for existing customers). The license expires August 19, which will essentially bring the full weight of the ban to bear.

Huawei P30 Pro and Huawei P30 speaker grills and selfie camera

Tuesday, May 21:

Huawei founder gets testy: Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has strong words for Trump’s ban, according to Global Times. “The company is able to continue providing products and services, and the US sanctions will not hurt our core business. In such a critical moment, I’m grateful to US companies, as they’ve contributed a lot to Huawei’s development and showed their conscientiousness on the matter. As far as I know, US companies have been making efforts to persuade the US government to let them cooperate with Huawei.”

Huawei says it is working with Google: “[Google has] zero motivation to block us. We are working closely with Google to find out how Huawei can handle the situation and the impact from the US Department of Commerce decision,” said Abraham Liu, a rep for Huawei in the E.U. Liu also likened the Trump administration’s behavior to bullying. “This is not just an attack against Huawei. It is an attack on the liberal, rules-based order.”

More plan B details emerge: While not sourced from Huawei, additional details concerning Plan B have leaked. Beijing-based Caijing says Huawei has an OS in the works that could replace the Android OS on its phones while still running Android apps.

Wednesday, May 22:

Arm suspends business dealings with Huawei: British chip designer Arm told its employees to halt conducting business with Huawei. “Arm is complying with all of the latest regulations set forth by the US government,” said Arm in a statement. Huawei later acknowledged the action. “We value our close relationships with our partners, but recognize the pressure some of them are under, as a result of politically motivated decisions. We are confident this regrettable situation can be resolved and our priority remains to continue to deliver world-class technology and products to our customers around the world.”

Thursday, May 23:

TSMC says it can still do business with Huawei: A spokesperson for Taiwan’s TSMC reportedly said its shipments to Huawei won’t be affected by the current US restrictions. The chip manufacturer is responsible for producing Huawei’s Kirin smartphone chipsets, while processors from Apple, MediaTek, and Qualcomm are also churned out by the firm. The company’s continued cooperation means Huawei won’t need to search for another manufacturer to produce its Kirin processors.

Trump open to dealing with “very dangerous” HuaweiPresident Trump has called Huawei “very dangerous,” but said the US is open to including the company as part of a future trade agreement between the US and China.

Trump was quoted as saying: “If we made a deal, I could imagine Huawei being possibly included in some form or some part of it.” This could be a good development for Huawei, though Trump also reaffirmed suspicions about the threat Huawei potentially poses to the US. “You look at what [Huawei has] done from a security standpoint, a military standpoint. Very dangerous,” Trump said.

Friday, May 24:

Huawei barred from SD card organization: As first spotted by SumahoInfo, the SD Association currently has Huawei de-listed on its website. In a statement sent to Android Authority, the SD Association confirmed that it is complying with the US government order and barring Huawei from the association. This will not affect current Huawei smartphones, but could cause major issues for future devices.

Huawei pushed out of Wi-Fi AllianceSimilarly to the barring of Huawei from the SD Association above, the Wi-Fi Alliance also temporarily revoked Huawei’s membership to its own organization. The Alliance had this to say in a statement to Android Authority: “Wi-Fi Alliance is fully complying with the recent US Department of Commerce order without revoking Huawei Technologies membership. Wi-Fi Alliance has temporarily restricted Huawei Technologies participation in Wi-Fi Alliance activities covered by the order.”

Monday, May 27:

Huawei claims it wouldn’t support bans of American companies: Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei told Bloomberg that he would protest a Chinese ban against Apple, calling the Cupertino company his “teacher.” In regards to a Chinese ban on American companies, he said, “That will not happen, first of all. And second of all, if that happens, I’ll be the first to protest. Apple is my teacher, it’s in the lead. As a student, why go against my teacher? Never.” So it seems that Apple, at least, is safe.

Tuesday, May 28:

Huawei sues, says the ban is unconstitutional: Huawei filed a legal motion claiming the ban on the company working with other US-based companies violates the US Constitution. In its argument, Huawei says that the ban violates a constitutional law stating that Congress cannot make laws against specific individuals. Huawei feels this ban violates that clause.

TSMC will continue to work with Huawei: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will continue to make chips for Huawei, the company confirmed. This goes in opposition to other global manufacturers complying with the US ban (TSMC is not obliged to commit to the ban). Although TSMC will continue its relationship with Huawei until at least the end of the year, the other bans might still have a negative effect on TSMC’s business.

Huawei’s replacement OS will not arrive in JuneA rumor started to spread online that Huawei OS — the replacement for Android on future Huawei smartphones — will land in June 2019. The source of this rumor was actually a Huawei employee. However, Huawei quickly shot down the rumor as just that, stating that any announcements regarding Huawei’s Android replacement will come through proper channels.

Wednesday, May 29:

Huawei rejoins three consortiums: Only a few days after getting pushed out of three consortiums, Huawei is now suddenly a member of all of them again. Huawei was relisted as a member in the Wi-Fi Alliance, the SD Association, and JEDEC. This is some much-needed good news for the company, although it’s not quite clear what this means for the ban overall.

Science publishing group IEEE boots Huawei employees as reviewers: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (or IEEE) is in charge of publishing scientific journals. However, due to the Huawei ban, the US-based organization can no longer allow Huawei employees to peer review those journals. This information leaked via an economics professor on Twitter.

Friday, May 31:

China threatens to create its own ‘Entity List’ to include American firms: According to a spokesman for China’s commerce industry, China will create an Entity List of its own. Even though the spokesman didn’t call out the US or US-based companies, the implication is that China’s Entity List will include US-based companies.

Huawei employees ordered not to attend US meetings: According to the Financial Times, Huawei ordered employees to cancel technical meetings with American contacts. Huawei also reportedly sent back American citizens who worked in research and development roles.

Thursday, June 6:

Huawei will build a 5G network for Russia’s largest carrierAmidst the US government’s Huawei ban, the company is now poised to build out a 5G network for Russian telco MTS. The carrier has 78 million subscribers and owns 31 percent of the Russian market.

Huawei CFO will fight the US to stay in Canada: Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is currently under house arrest in Canada. In early 2020, she will go on trial and face extradition to the US where she would be charged with fraud. However, she will fight to stay in Canada and avoid extradition.

Friday, June 7:

Facebook will no longer pre-install its apps on Huawei devices: According to Reuters, Facebook will no longer allow Huawei to pre-install any of its apps on the company’s smartphones. These apps include Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, three of the most popular apps in the world. The ban only applies to phones that have not yet left the factory.

Monday, June 10:

Huawei is building up its app store: According to XDA Developers, Huawei is recruiting Play Store developers to work on porting their apps to the company’s AppGallery just in case the US ban holds and Huawei is forced to go it alone.

Wednesday, June 12:

The first major casualty of the Huawei ban is the new MateBook: Huawei consumer CEO Richard Yu told CNBC that an upcoming MateBook laptop has been put on indefinite hold due to the situation. “We cannot supply the PC,” he was quoted as saying.

Huawei’s trip to number one will be slower than originally expected: Shao Yang, chief strategy officer of Huawei Consumer Business Group, admitted that Huawei’s planned ascension to become the top global smartphone manufacturer wouldn’t happen by the end of 2019 as originally planned. On Tuesday (via The New York Times), he said, “[Huawei] would have become the largest in the fourth quarter (of this year) but now we feel that this process may take longer.”

Thursday, June 13:

Huawei files a trademark for HongMeng OS: Huawei has filed a trademark application for HongMeng in at least nine countries as well as Europe (via Reuters). It’s not clear if this means HongMeng will be the name for its Android-replacement OS across the world or if Oak OS will take its place. It’s likely Huawei is attempting to trademark HongMeng globally just so other brands don’t use it, but Oak OS will be the global name.

However, Huawei could also be looking into Sailfish OS: Although Huawei is working on its own operating system to potentially replace Android, it could simultaneously be looking into a Russian-made fork of Linux-based Sailfish OS.

Canada will likely follow through on extradition of Huawei CFO: Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland dismissed the idea of Ottawa blocking the extradition of Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou to the United States, saying it would set a dangerous precedent (via Reuters).

Friday, June 14:

Huawei Mate X delayedAs one would expect, the Huawei Mate X — the first foldable device from the company — is getting a delayed release. This is likely due not only to the Huawei ban but also to the debacle surrounding the botched release of the Samsung Galaxy Fold.

EMUI software based on Android Q leaksAlthough Huawei is barred from using Android for the moment, the beta of Android Q launched before the ban took effect. As such, it looks like Huawei is still pushing forward with developing EMUI 10, likely in case the ban lifts.

Monday, June 17:

Huawei ban could cost the company over $ 30 billion: Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei has revealed a rather massive nugget of information that puts the struggle in perspective. “Our revenue will be down by about $ 30 billion compared to forecasts. So our sales revenue this year and next will be about $ 100 billion,” he said.

Huge drop in sales expected for Huawei: Bloomberg reports that Huawei is expecting international smartphone sales to drop by 40 to 60 percent due to the ban. The outlet, citing several sources, says internal estimates are that there’ll be a sales drop of roughly 40 to 60 million devices this year.

Thursday, June 20:

Huawei and Honor phones confirmed to get Android Q: Despite the Huawei ban still in full effect with no signs of letting up, the company has committed to bringing Android Q to at least two of its major device lines: the Huawei P30 series and Honor 20 series.

Friday, June 21:

Huawei files lawsuit against US Department of CommerceIn an expected move, Huawei officially filed a suit against the United States related to the Huawei ban. The company is suing the agency over telecommunications equipment seized by American officials.

FedEx refuses to deliver a package with Huawei smartphone insideIn what FedEx dubbed “a mistake,” a package was returned to the sender due to the contents: a Huawei smartphone. An explanation on the returned package cited the Huawei ban as the reason.

Thursday, June 27:

The Huawei P30 series smashes sales record of P20 series: In a bit of good news for Huawei, the company’s most recent flagship device series outsold its predecessor series buy a huge margin. It is unlikely that the sales trend will continue with the ban in full effect, though.

Saturday, June 29:

Trump announces there will be a partial lift to the Huawei ban: US companies will be allowed to work with Huawei again, President Trump announced in a news conference. On the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Trump said “US companies can sell their equipment to Huawei,” without going into detail. “We’re talking about equipment where there’s no great national security problem with it,” Trump continued. It’s not clear what this means for now, but it’s likely Huawei will be able to acquire basic components like Qualcomm processors and Google’s Android OS.

Wednesday, July 3:

Commerce Department still blacklisting HuaweiAlthough President Trump said that at least some aspects of the Huawei ban would be lifted, an internal memo in the US Department of Commerce suggests that the company is still getting the blacklist treatment.

Friday, July 5:

Government moves to dismiss Huawei lawsuit: In March, Huawei filed a lawsuit against the US government claiming that the country’s blacklisting of its networking products is illegal. On Wednesday, the US government filed an official motion to have that lawsuit dismissed.

Wednesday, July 10:

US clarifies Huawei trade ban status: On July 3, we told you about how there is some confusion regarding Huawei’s trade ban status. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told a conference that licenses to sell to Huawei will be issued if there’s no security threat, which means President Trump’s statements on June 29 are now getting placed into effect.

Monday, July 15:

Huawei trademarks another OS nameFirst, we saw Huawei trademarks for HongMeng and Oak, which seemingly suggested new operating system names. Now we have another trademarked name: Harmony. Is this the name of Huawei’s Android replacement?

Huawei planning massive layoffs in USAccording to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Huawei will lay off “hundreds” of employees based in the United States. Chinese citizens currently living in the US will have the option to come back to China for reassignment, while US citizens will be let go.

Wednesday, July 17:

Huawei smartphone market share way down: We’re starting to slowly see the negative effects of the Huawei ban on the company’s sales. Huawei market share in Europe is down by 9 percent when comparing June 2019 to May 2019.

Friday, July 19:

Huawei says HongMeng OS is not for smartphonesHuawei has clarified that the leaked information regarding HongMeng OS — its supposed Android replacement — is not intended for use on smartphones. However, the company would not give clear information on what it is actually for.

Monday, July 22:

Huawei involvement with North Korea is exposedA new report from The Washington Post suggests that Huawei worked closely with North Korea to build out that country’s internal wireless network. If true, this would be in direct violation of multiple international laws and treaties.

Wednesday, July 24:

Huawei still has big smartphone ambitions: Although Huawei smartphone shipments and sales have already taken major hits, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei thinks the company can still reach 270 million units shipped in 2019. That’s actually a higher shipment estimate than the company planned before the trade ban started, which is quite interesting.

U.K. can’t find a technical reason not to use Huawei networking gearTwo commissions in the United Kingdom — both made up of prominent business, technology, and education leads — found “no technical reason” to not use Huawei equipment in the rollout of 5G networks in the U.K. However, both commissions conceded that geo-political considerations must be made.

Monday, July 29:

There was a Huawei/Google smart speaker on the way: Before the Huawei ban went into effect, Google and Huawei had planned a smart speaker. The speaker would have been made and sold by Huawei and featured Google Assistant support. This speaker would have been sold in the US, Huawei’s first major product in years in the US market.

Tuesday, July 30:

Somehow, Huawei saw a smartphone shipment spike: Despite the Huawei ban, the company reported some very strong results. The Chinese manufacturer reported that it shipped 118 million smartphones in the first half of the year. This is a 24 percent increase over H1 2018 when it shipped 95 million units.

Monday, August 5:

Rumor points to HongMeng OS phone launching this year: Despite the fact that Huawei categorically said HongMeng OS will not be used in smartphones, a new rumor from Chinese publication Global Times says that the company could launch a HongMeng OS phone alongside the Huawei Mate 30 series later this Fall.

Wednesday, August 7:

China won’t sit idly if India blocks Huawei: India still hasn’t decided on whether to use Huawei equipment in its 5G network or not. China has now declared that if India attempts to block Huawei it will fight back through trade sanctions on India.

Friday, August 9:

Huawei officially launches Harmony OS: Huawei just announced Harmony OS. The new, open-source platform is ostensibly the final name for its Hongmeng OS. Harmony OS is “the first microkernel-based distributed OS for all scenarios,” consumer group CEO Richard Yu told attendees at the Huawei Developer Conference. The new platform supports smartphones, smart speakers, computers, smartwatches, wireless earbuds, cars, and tablets. However, Huawei simultaneously committed to keep using Android in its smartphones as long as it can.

Trump says “we are not going to do business with Huawei”Although the trade ban against Huawei has exceptions, President Trump seemed to counteract that system of exceptions when he announced during a press conference: “We’re not going to do business with Huawei. That doesn’t mean we won’t agree to something if and when we make a trade deal, but we’re not going to be doing business with Huawei.” Allegedly, the system put in place to determine which firms have access to Huawei is suspended.

Monday, August 19:

Huawei’s 90-day reprieve extended by another 90 days: The US gave Huawei a 90-day reprieve following the trade ban against the manufacturer in May. The trade ban, which allows US companies to maintain business ties with Huawei, expired August 19.

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross confirmed that the US government will actually extend that reprieve for another 90 days immediately following the previous reprieve. This means the Chinese brand is able to keep buying products and services from US companies to service existing customers and devices.

Huawei sent Android Authority an official response to the 90-day extension. There were two main aspects to the statement: the company stating that it is unhappy with still being on the Entity List and then declaring that the very existence of the list is bad for consumers around the world.

Thursday, August 29:

Huawei Mate 30 series tipped for delay in West due to US trade ban: The South China Morning Post reports that overseas sales of the Mate 30 series might be delayed due to the US trade ban, citing people familiar with the plans. The outlet’s sources say the phones will continue to run Android, but that they won’t offer the likes of the Play Store and Google Maps. SCMP‘s sources caution that the plan isn’t final and that further US government action might affect the move.

Friday, August 30:

US reportedly received 130 license requests to sell to Huawei, none granted: The White House made an abrupt turnaround of sorts in June when President Donald Trump announced that some US companies would be allowed to deal with Huawei. The Commerce Department stated at the time that licenses would be granted to US companies wanting to deal with Huawei, as long as there were no security risks involved. Since then, Reuters reported that the department has received 130 license applications to sell goods and services to Huawei, none of which have been granted.

Huawei confirms new Android phones with Google apps coming: Huawei South Africa confirmed that it will release at least two new smartphones by the end of this year that will feature a fully-licensed version of Android. That means Google apps will be on board.

The devices in question are the Huawei Nova 5T and the Huawei Y9 S. This isn’t the first time a Huawei phone with Google support was widely launched after the ban though, as was the case for the Honor 20 series and Y9 Prime 2019.

Sunday, September 1:

Huawei Mate 30 series launch date confirmed: Huawei has confirmed a September 19 launch date for the Mate 30 series in Munich, Germany. Even though we have a release date, the biggest questions about the Mate 30 Pro are still up in the air. It will run Android, but will it have access to the Google Play Store and Google Play Services? Only time will tell.

Tuesday, September 3:

Huawei accuses US of cyberattacks, employee harassment, but supplies no evidence: Towards the end of August, The Wall Street Journal published an article that focused on allegations of patent infringement against Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei. The company then published a press release in response to that article September 3, in which it defends itself against the accusations.

At the end of the press release, Huawei goes on to lists nine very serious accusations against the United States government with no evidence to prove the accusation. The unedited accusation list is as follows:

  • Instructing law enforcement to threaten, menace, coerce, entice, and incite both current and former Huawei employees to turn against the company and work for them
  • Unlawfully searching, detaining, and even arresting Huawei employees and Huawei partners
  • Attempting entrapment, or pretending to be Huawei employees to establish legal pretense for unfounded accusations against the company
  • Launching cyber attacks to infiltrate Huawei’s intranet and internal information systems
  • Sending FBI agents to the homes of Huawei employees and pressuring them to collect information on the company
  • Mobilizing and conspiring with companies that work with Huawei, or have a business conflict with Huawei, to bring unsubstantiated accusations against the company
  • Launching investigations based on false media reports that target the company
  • Digging up old civil cases that have already been settled, and selectively launching criminal investigations or filing criminal charges against Huawei based on claims of technology theft
  • Obstructing normal business activities and technical communications through intimidation, denying visas, detaining shipment, etc.

Monday, September 9:

US is treating Huawei unfairly, says Microsoft: In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith said the US government’s actions toward Huawei shouldn’t be taken without a “sound basis in fact, logic, and the rule of law.”

In the interview, Smith said Microsoft approached US regulators and asked for their reasoning behind the ban.

“Oftentimes, what we get in response is, ‘Well, if you knew what we knew, you would agree with us.’ And our answer to that is, ‘Great, show us what you know so we can decide for ourselves.’”

Smith also said President Donald Trump should know better and cited President Trump’s experience in the hotel industry.

“To tell a tech company that it can sell products, but not buy an operating system or chips, is like telling a hotel company that it can open its doors, but not put beds in its hotel rooms or food in its restaurant. Either way, you put the survival of that company at risk.”

Tuesday, September 10:

Huawei drops lawsuit against US over 2017 seizure of equipment: The Chinese manufacturer dropped a suit against the US Commerce Department and other agencies after the government seized telecommunications equipment back in September 2017.

The lawsuit was dropped after the US government released the telecommunications equipment in question, TechCrunch reported. Huawei’s equipment, which was tested in California and on its way back to China, was seized by the government in Alaska.

Huawei asserts that the US government found that an export license wasn’t needed for the equipment (which includes Ethernet switches and servers), but still kept the shipment without cause anyway. The manufacturer maintains that the government decision to return the equipment was a “tacit admission” that the seizure was unlawful.

Wednesday, September 18:

Huawei still leads 5G deployment: According to Huawei, shipments for its 5G-enabled base stations appear to be generally unaffected by the trade ban. Huawei reports a 33% boost in sales between July and September, bringing the company’s total global shipments to 200,000 units.

Huawei suspended from global cyber-security forum: Huawei’s membership to the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (First) gets suspended. This Forum is an “informal first responder” to major hacks and cyber-security incidents. Huawei’s suspension from the group means its ability to issue patches could slow down because it won’t have access to the group’s resources, including an automated platform that shares the latest details regarding malware.

Thursday, September 19:

Huawei launches the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, and the company reveals how it plans to tackle Google apps: Huawei releases the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, and to no one’s surprise, it doesn’t launch with Google services. To combat this, Huawei announces that it will be pushing its own app store called AppGallery, and it is pouring $ 1 billion into app development. Huawei hopes this will convince developers to release their apps in its Play Store competitor, but CEO Richard Yu also says as soon as the trade ban lifts, the company will push Google apps to Mate 30 devices overnight.

Huawei plans to sell 20 million Mate 30 devices even without Google services: At the Mate 30 launch event, Huawei tells Android Authority that it hopes to ship up to 20 million devices thanks to strong sales in China. CEO Richard Yu claims the Mate 30 devices are the most competitive 5G flagships in the world, and sales will reflect that even without US sales.

Related: What is Harmony OS? Huawei’s ‘Android rival’ explained!

Sunday, September 22:

Huawei clarifies it has “no plans” to unlock the Mate 30, Mate 30 Pro bootloader: Initial confusion over remarks CEO Richard Yu made at the Mate 30 launch event led people to believe users would be able to unlock the devices’ bootloaders to make installing Google apps easier. Then, a Huawei spokesperson reaches out to Android Authority to clarify these comments, stating that Huawei has “no plans” to unlock the bootloader on Mate 30 series devices. Until the trade ban lifts, the Huawei AppGallery remains the best way to get apps on these devices.

Monday, September 23:

A sketchy way to install Google apps on Mate 30 devices surfaces: A workaround discovered on Reddit allows users to run Google apps on Mate 30 devices using a third-party Chinese development platform app called LZ Play. To do this, LZ Play requires extensive permissions that go almost as far as root access. The best part is that LZ Play isn’t monitored or vetted by Google whatsoever. Sounds legit, right? If you can’t catch the sarcasm, you probably shouldn’t do this if you own a Mate 30.

Thursday, September 26:

Huawei ships 5G base stations without US components: Despite the trade ban, Huawei still maintains its status as king of the 5G hill. On top of that, the company announced that it’s producing its 5G-enabled base stations without US parts, and it will double its current production rate in 2020.

Friday, September 27:

US government reports it’s unlikely to give Huawei another 90-day reprieve: Huawei’s current 90-day reprieve is valid until November 19, and Rob Strayer, the State Department’s deputy assistant secretary for cyber policy, reveals that Huawei shouldn’t expect another one after that. Apparently, the United States government is unlikely to renew the temporary waiver, which permits Huawei to do business with US-based firms. Not only that, but Strayer says the United States could even increase the severity of punishments related to Huawei’s business.

Thursday, October 10:

White House approves some sales to Huawei: US President Donald Trump gives the green light to begin approving licenses for US firms wanting to deal with Huawei. These licenses would allow firms to supply “non-sensitive” goods to the Chinese company, but it’s unclear if any US entities have actually received any.

Thursday, October 17:

Huawei reveals impressive Q3 year-on-year growth: Huawei announces its Q3 business results, boasting a 24.4% increase over last year’s earnings through Q3. The company also reveals it has a yearly revenue of CNY610.8 billion (~$ 86.1 billion) and a net profit of 8.7%.

Monday, October 21:

Huawei may have found a workaround to get its 5G technology into the US: A Huawei exec reveals the company is in talks with various US-based firms regarding patent licensing for its 5G tech. Licensing Huawei 5G technology to US firms may make it possible to bring it stateside before the end of the trade ban. This would be a clever workaround, but the US government could always change the rules and stop even patent licensing, though that is unlikely.

Related: How can Huawei release new phones with Google apps?

Wednesday, October 23:

Huawei hits 200m smartphones shipped in 2019: Huawei announces that it has shipped more than 200 million smartphones globally 64 days earlier than last year. This is even more impressive in light of its current trade ban. This high shipment volume is likely due to strong performance in China since people don’t use Google’s services there. It makes you wonder what the company could have achieved if the trade ban was not in place.

Friday, October 25:

Huawei will still be able to use next-gen Arm technology: Chip designer Arm confirms it will continue supplying Huawei despite the trade ban since the key chip technology in its next-gen architecture originates from the UK rather than the US. This means Huawei’s upcoming phones will be able to stay on the cutting edge.

Monday, October 28:

UK set to grant Huawei access to parts of 5G networks: The US insists that Huawei’s network infrastructure represents a security threat. But UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly set to grant Huawei access to the country’s “non-contentious” parts of 5G networks anyway. This could complicate the UK’s relationship with the US, which previously pressured its allies to drop Huawei from all 5G networks.

Tuesday, October 29:

Continued fear of Huawei and ZTE leads to increased tensions: To further distance the US from Huawei and ZTE, the FCC releases a statement that it will vote on two proposals November 19 to prevent US companies from doing business with them. The FCC claims this is in the name of national security, but Huawei insists it is not a security threat and wants to find a better solution to the issue.

Thursday, October 31:

Huawei continues to close the gap to Samsung: Reports show that Huawei has grown annually by almost 30% in Q3 2019, while Samsung only grew by up to 11%. This isn’t wholly representative of the future since Huawei’s Q3 shipments outside of China were limited mainly to devices certified before the trade ban. Samsung could still take some of Huawei’s market share as the trade ban rages on.

Monday, November 4:

US companies could get Huawei licenses soon: In June, President Donald Trump said US companies would be able to conduct business with Huawei after receiving the proper licenses. Now, the US government says these licenses will be coming soon. There is no timeline for these license approvals, but hopefully, companies get the green light before the end of the year.

Related: 180 days into the US ban, is Huawei too big to fail?

Wednesday, November 13:

US Attorney General William Barr says Huawei and ZTE are threats to security: Barr says he supports the FCC proposals to push back against Huawei and ZTE. He claims they “cannot be trusted,” citing pending federal criminal charges against Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou and ZTE’s violation of a previous US trade embargo with Iran.

Friday, November 15:

Huawei likely to get another extension: The US Department of Commerce is expected to extend the temporary waiver allowing US firms to conduct limited business with Huawei for another six months. This would enable Huawei and Honor devices that received Google certification before the trade ban to get software updates and security patches from Google until at least May 2020.

Monday, November 18:

Huawei plans to launch P40 globally next year: Even though the Mate 30 hasn’t shipped outside China, it still looks like Huawei plans to ship the P40 worldwide in 2020. We aren’t sure why it would do this since there is no official word on the trade ban coming to a close anytime soon, so the P40 would likely suffer the same Googleless fate as the Mate 30.

Huawei may have some inside information that leads it to believe the trade ban will be over or diminished by the P40’s launch. It could also just be gambling on its own mobile services, or it could even keep the internals of the P40 line similar enough to the P30 line that it wouldn’t require a new GMS license. Unfortunately, that would mean the company’s 2020 flagship will be merely a rehash of this year’s, but at least it would have Google apps.

Tuesday, November 19:

Huawei gets another 90-day reprieve from the US government: The US government has extended the temporary general license that allows US firms to do business with Huawei by another 90 days. This means devices released or licensed before Huawei was placed on the US Entity list will be able to receive essential software and security updates until at least March 2020.

Wednesday, November 20:

US government has made decisions on Huawei licenses: According to Reuters, the United States government is finally sending out approval and denial letters to some of the 290 US-based firms that requested special permission to work with Huawei. We don’t know which companies are approved or denied yet, but the very fact that licenses are going out at all is significant news as we’ve been waiting months for this to happen.

Friday, November 22:

Huawei can once again use Microsoft software: The US trade ban against Huawei meant that the company couldn’t pre-load Windows and other Microsoft software on its Matebook laptops and hybrid devices. Fortunately, Microsoft has now confirmed that the US Department of Commerce has approved its application to export “mass-market software” to Huawei.

The FCC votes to make Huawei and ZTE’s lives even harder: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously votes to designate Huawei and ZTE as national security risks. This means US rural carriers receiving money from the FCC’s annual $ 8.5-billion Universal Service Fund can’t purchase Huawei and ZTE’s equipment or services, and they must also remove and replace existing equipment purchased from these companies.

Monday, November 25:

Huawei announces its iPad Pro competitor — the MatePad Pro: Huawei announces its high-end tablet — the MatePad Pro — will go on sale in China early next year. It features an Apple-like detachable keyboard and stylus, and it runs EMUI 10 atop Android 10 with no Google Services. Can a “pro” tablet really compete without “pro” software? Huawei seems to think so; at least in China.

Related: Huawei thinks it can still be number one without Google services

Monday, December 2:

Huawei Mate 30 contains no US parts, still not good enough for US gov’t: A recent teardown of the Huawei Mate 30 reveals that the device contains no hardware originating from the United States. Despite this, the US government is still considering increasing its chokehold on Huawei by expanding the reach of the Entity List to prohibit Huawei from buying products from foreign companies that are allied with the United States.

Wednesday, December 4:

The US could block Huawei from using dollars: In a move to further sanction Huawei, the US government could be preparing to ban it entirely from the US financial system. This would place the company on the Treasury Department’s Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list, making it nigh impossible for Huawei to complete transactions in US dollars. This could also cripple many US allies who rely on the company for their 4G networks.

Don’t miss: Maybe Huawei should abandon official Android

Thursday, December 5:

Huawei sues the FCC: Huawei announces it’s suing the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), filing the petition in the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Huawei is challenging a recently-passed FCC order baring rural American carriers from using federal subsidies to purchase equipment from Huawei and ZTE. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai defends the agency’s decision, stating the two companies pose a security threat to the US’ communications networks and communications supply chain.

Huawei launches Nova 6 series of devices: Despite the trade ban shenanigans, Huawei still pushes forward, announcing the latest Nova 6 and Nova 6 5G handset. These devices offer flagship experiences in many ways, including the Kirin 990 chipset, 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, and one of the best selfie cameras on any smartphone currently available. The device launched in China, so the lack of Google Services shouldn’t be too big of a deal for this device.

Tuesday, December 17:

Huawei P40 series 2020 launch confirmed: Huawei CEO Richard Yu confirms the launch date of the upcoming Huawei P40 and P40 Pro handsets. The company will globally launch the devices at an event in Paris toward the end of March 2020 even though the devices still won’t come with Google Services. It will still run Android since Huawei’s Harmony OS won’t be ready for the limelight just yet.

Related: Want a telescope with that phone? The Huawei P40 Pro might be the answer

Thursday, January 16, 2020:

Trump administration could block more sales to Huawei: According to a Reuters report, Huawei could be in for more trouble with the US government. The Trump administration is reportedly nearing publication of a rule that could further block shipments of foreign-made goods to Huawei. Under current regulations, the US can require licenses or block exports of high-tech products shipped to China from other nations. The rule states that this can happen if US-made components make up more than 25% of the value of that product. Now, the American government is mulling to lower that limit to 10% only for tech exports to Huawei. Looks like the US is out to squeeze the Chinese firm even more than it already has.

The US Commerce Department has reportedly sent the rule to the Office of Management and Budget. If other government agencies support it, the rule could become final in a matter of weeks creating more problems for Huawei.

Monday, January 20, 2020:

Huawei lands a Google maps alternative: Since the trade ban prohibits Huawei from utilizing Google services, the company was left without a solid Google Maps alternative. Fortunately, the Chinese manufacturer has finally lined one up by signing a deal with TomTom. The agreement means Huawei can use TomTom’s mapping, traffic, and navigation software in lieu of Google Maps technology. It also means Huawei can use TomTom’s software to create its own smartphone apps, potentially opening the door for a Huawei-branded mapping solution (e.g. Huawei Maps).

Wednesday, January 22, 2020:

Huawei claims it can ‘survive further attacks’ from US: In the heat of the US trade ban, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei told attendees of the World Economic Forum that he expects the US to step up its actions against the firm in 2020. But Zhengfei goes on to say that if this happens, “the impact on Huawei’s business would not be very significant” and that he is “confident that we can survive even further attacks.”

Read also: Huawei leaves Apple behind as it becomes second-largest OEM in 2019

Friday, January 24, 2020:

US says it could soon clamp down even harder on Huawei: Just as Zhengfei expected, the US government announced it would likely take more severe action against the Chinese manufacturer in 2020. US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says there are proposals to step up the trade ban against Huawei, preventing more US-derived components from being sold to the firm. There is no official word on when exactly the Department of Commerce wanted to implement these new policies.

US Defense Dept. rejects making Huawei ban more restrictive for the time being: Shortly after the US Department of Commerce expressed plans for the government to tighten its grips on Huawei, the US Department of Defense shut down the proposal, claiming it could do more bad than good. This is either the first or one of the very few times that a government agency has prevented the Huawei ban from growing in breadth since the ban began in May 2019.

Thursday, January 30, 2020:

Huawei may not use Google apps even if it can: A Huawei representative was quoted saying that the company will not use licensed versions of Android with Google app support even if the United States lifts the trade ban. In a statement to Android Authority, Huawei neither confirmed nor denied this accusation. If Huawei truly has no intention of using Google apps again on its phones, it could seriously jeopardize the company’s standing as the second-largest smartphone manufacturer globally.

Read also: Huawei launches a lawsuit against Verizon

Friday, February 7, 2020:

US plans to support, promote Huawei competitors: US Attorney General William Barr suggested investing in Huawei’s competitors as another tactic to combat the Chinese tech giant. Barr thinks US firms investing in companies such as Nokia and Ericsson is one of the best ways to challenge Huawei’s dominance in the telecommunications equipment market. This means the government doesn’t just want to keep the US and its allies from doing business with Huawei, but it wants to directly support and endorse the competition.

Huawei could pre-install 70 popular Android apps on its smartphones: According to a shaky source, Huawei could be planning to ease the sting of Google-less devices by preloading popular applications on its smartphones. If the company pre-installs dozens of the most popular apps on its handsets, consumers might not need Play Services or even to sideload APKs on their own.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020:

Huawei Mate 30 Pro set to launch in UK without Google apps: About five months after its initial launch, Huawei finally announced the UK release of the Mate 30 Pro, but the device will land without Google services. The device went on sale February 20 exclusively at Carphone Warehouse for £899 (~$ 1,162).

Related: Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi join forces to challenge Play Store monopoly

Thursday, February 13, 2020:

US officials accuse Huawei of being able to tap into its mobile equipment via backdoors, while Huawei calls these allegations illogical: The US government maintained that Huawei is a security risk, and officials claimed the government has evidence Huawei has been able to access US mobile networks for more than a decade. An angry Huawei claimed these accusations “don’t adhere to any form of accepted logic in the cyber security domain.” The company went on to say it “has never and will never covertly access telecom networks, nor do we have the capability to do so.”

US government releases its Huawei indictment: The United States Department of Justice filed its 56-page Huawei indictment, formally accusing the Chinese technology company of various crimes, including intellectual property theft and conspiring to steal trade secrets from competitors. With this filing, it appears there is no end in sight for the Huawei trade ban.

Friday, February 14, 2020:

US government cuts Huawei’s latest license extension in half: Huawei’s previous trade extension was handed out in November 2019, and it was valid for 90 days. On Feb. 14, the Department of Commerce gave Huawei another extension, but this time for only 45 days. A shorter extension does not look very promising for the future of US-Huawei relations, and it further diminishes hope of Huawei phones regaining Google services any time soon.

Read also: Huawei’s Google Mobile Services replacement is finally nearing wider launch

Huawei dares US to share evidence of alleged crimes: The US government’s formal indictment contained serious legal accusations against Huawei, but it didn’t provide much evidence to support those claims. Huawei maintained its innocence, telling the US to make any of its evidence against the company public. “Don’t hide it, don’t be shy. Publish it, let the world see it,” said Huawei’s cybersecurity chief John Suffolk.

Thursday, February 20, 2020:

US government could restrict Huawei’s access to smartphone chipsets: Further sanctions by the Trump administration could restrict Huawei’s access to smartphone chipsets. The proposal aims to sever the company’s business relationship with chipmakers like Taiwan’s TSMC, one of Huawei’s main chip suppliers. Interestingly, a remark from President Trump insinuates he isn’t in favor of clamping down on Huawei’s supply of processors.

Wednesday, February 20, 2020:

Google still wants to work with Huawei: Android and Google Play Vice President Sameer Samat says Google has applied to the US government to resume business dealings with Huawei. If the US government approves this application, Google should be free to offer Google Mobile Services and other services on Huawei devices. There is no word on when we can expect the government to either approve or reject Google’s application.

Related: Google warns against sideloading its apps on Huawei devices

Monday, March 2, 2020:

Proof emerges that Huawei violated trade sanctions: Reuters obtained proof that Huawei engaged in a trade deal with Iran in 2010 involving the sale of computer parts and other technology originating in the United States. The sale included physical technology products created by Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Symantec, and Novell which would directly violate US trade sanctions. The proof of this deal comes in the form of two packing lists and other documented correspondence between Huawei and an Iranian company called Mobile Telecommunication Co. of Iran (MCI, or sometimes MCCI). If these documents get verified by other parties, they could become evidence used against Huawei in the current trade ban dispute.

Don’t miss: Huawei in 2020: So many questions

What will happen with Huawei next?

Stay tuned to Android Authority to find out.

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Motorola Razr breaks down before Galaxy Fold in folding test (Updated Feb. 7)

[Update, February 7: Motorola provided a statement in response to CNET‘s article: 

“razr is a unique smartphone, featuring a dynamic clamshell folding system unlike any device on the market. SquareTrade’s FoldBot is simply not designed to test our device. Therefore, any tests run utilizing this machine will put undue stress on the hinge and not allow the phone to open and close as intended, making the test inaccurate. The important thing to remember is that razr underwent extensive cycle endurance testing during product development, and CNET’s test is not indicative of what consumers will experience when using razr in the real-world. We have every confidence in the durability of razr.”]

[Original article:] The Motorola Razr is a modern take on the clamshell phone, offering a foldable display and other extras. How durable is it though? Well, CNET conducted a folding test, and the results might be disappointing.

The outlet used the Square Trade FoldBot testing machine to repeatedly fold and unfold the Motorola Razr. This is the same testing machine and method used for the Samsung Galaxy Fold, which managed to last for roughly 120,000 folds before breaking down.

Unfortunately, the Motorola Razr folding test ended after just 27,218 folds (skip to the 4:08:50 mark in the video above), with the phone not actually folding properly during the last few seconds of the test. After taking the phone out of the machine, the team was able to ascertain that it couldn’t fold shut.

Fortunately, the phone’s screen was still (seemingly) fully functional. And if this is the case for other Razr units as well, it doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the world if your hinge is broken. So you can likely still backup any important content directly from the phone.

This figure means that if you fold and unfold your device 100 times a day, the Razr wouldn’t last a year. And it would be equivalent to roughly 18 months if you fold and unfold your device 50 times a day.

It’s still worth noting that the robot isn’t as gentle with the Razr as a human might be, and the folding test doesn’t mimic the frequency with which a human might open and close the device. Nevertheless, we hope manufacturers are making the next generation of foldable devices even more durable.

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Popular chat app pulled from Play Store amidst spying accusations (Updated)

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Update: December 26, 2019 at 9:55 a.m. ET: ToTok’s cofounders have issued a follow-up statement refuting the claims that the chat app tracks users’ personal appointments and functions as a spy tool built by Israeli officers.

“… our distractors continue to spread misinformation and stir up the “spying” allegations, to vilify our work, to jeopardize our business, even to insult our users by mocking their enthusiastic appreciation of ToTok,” reads the statement. “Here is the fact – since day one, we have built ToTok with user security and privacy as our priority.”

The cofounders go on to say that a former NSA employee has performed a technical analysis and concluded ToTok “simply does what it claims to do, and really nothing more.” No details of the NSA employee’s findings were mentioned in the statement, painting what seems to be a vague and questionable picture of the so called technical analysis.

Still, the cofounders are confident that their app will be reinstated in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. As of this writing, the app is still absent from both.

You can read the full statement here.

Original article: December 23, 2019 at 3 p.m. ET: In a sudden turn of events, The New York Times just revealed popular messaging app ToTok is most likely a secret surveillance tool used by the United Arab Emirates government to spy on millions of people around the world. The app popped up only a few months ago, and it apparently tracks nearly everything about its users inside and outside the UAE.

ToTok has been downloaded across the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America, recently becoming one of the most downloaded social apps in the United States. According to The NYT, the UAE government knows “every conversation, movement, relationship, appointment, sound, and image” of everyone who used the app.

“ToTok is a cleverly designed tool for mass surveillance, according to the technical analysis and interviews,” reported The NYT. “It functions much like the myriad other Apple and Android apps that track users’ location and contacts.”

Related: Product warning issued after attacker hacks Amazon Ring, harasses little girl

The app is officially developed by Breej Holding, but The NYT believes this is most likely a facade, saying ToTok is actually affiliated with DarkMatter: an Abu Dhabi-based cyber intelligence and hacking firm. The firm is made up of Emirati intelligence officials, former National Security Agency (NSA) employees, and former Israeli military intelligence operatives.

The app’s initial success began in the UAE because the local government blocks certain features on apps like WhatsApp and Skype. ToTok even received recent support from Chinese manufacturer Huawei after the company promoted the app in a recent Facebook post.

The FBI is further investigating the situation, and ToTok has since been pulled from both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Users who already downloaded the app will be able to use it until they manually uninstall it from their devices.

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Google Play Pass games and apps: All titles announced so far (Updated)

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Update: December 6, 2019 (5:15 PM ET): Google just added ten more games and apps to its Play Pass subscription, including KLWP and KWGT. These are some of the best widget, live wallpaper, and overall customization apps you can get on Android, so this is exciting news. We have updated the list below to include these latest additions.

Original Article: September 23, 2019 (12:19 PM ET): The long-awaited Google Play Pass is here and with it a new way to enjoy apps and games from the Google Play Store. With nearly 400 ad-free Play Pass games and apps available, there’s sure to be something that piques your interest.

The titles included will expand over the coming months, but we’ve made a list of all games and apps currently announced for Google Play Pass below. Titles in bold are ones we recommend.

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Google Play Pass has a solid list of launch games from a variety of genres and publishers. Most of them are premium (paid) titles, but there are a few free-to-play games with ads and in-app purchases removed. Here’s a full list of what’s on tap, separated by genre as best we could.

Note: To cut down on the number of items in the list, all generic games have been removed. Rest assured that there are tons of word search, sudoku, jigsaw puzzle, and chess games, but they’re not in the list below.


  • Sorcery! 1, 2, 3, and 4
  • Old Man’s Journey
  • 80 Days
  • Lumino City
  • Swordigo
  • Jungle Adventures 1, 2, 3
  • NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits
  • Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink
  • Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood
  • Gem Miner 2
  • Wayward Souls
  • Suzy Cube
  • Thimbleweed Park
  • 60 Seconds! Atomic Adventure
  • Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride (Full)
  • The Bug Butcher
  • The Tiny Bang Story Premium
  • Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy
  • Red Ball 3: Jump for Love
  • Sally’s Law


  • Chameleon Run
  • Titan Quest
  • Lichtspeer
  • Farm Invasion USA
  • Touchgrind BMX 2
  • Touchgrind Skate 2
  • Pumped BMX 3
  • Space Marshals
  • Grimvalor
  • OTTTD: Over The Top TD
  • Annelids: Online Battle
  • Reckless Getaway
  • Reporter
  • Grand Action Simulator – New York Car Gang
  • Absolute Drift
  • Shadow Fight 2 Special Edition
  • Ninja Hero Cats
  • Sea Battle 2
  • Moto X3M Bike Race Game
  • What, The Fox?
  • Offroad Legends 2
  • Dual!
  • Smashy Road: Wanted
  • Smashy Road: Arena
  • Fancy Pants Adventures
  • Horror Hospital 2
  • Cubes
  • Pinball Flipper Classic 11in1


  • Stardew Valley
  • Terraria
  • Star Wars™: KOTOR
  • Magium
  • King of Dragon Pass
  • Evoland
  • Game Dev Tycoon
  • Hoplite
  • Tempest


  • Monument Valley 1, 2
  • ELOH
  • Bridge Constructor Portal
  • FRAMED 1 & 2
  • Agent A: A puzzle in disguise
  • Neighbours from Hell Season 1 & 2
  • Energy: Anti Stress Loops
  • Flow Free
  • Flow Free: Hexes
  • Flow Free: Warps
  • Red
  • Hocus.
  • Square Paint
  • HEX
  • Cut the Rope
  • Cut the Rope 2
  • Cut the Rope: Time Travel
  • Dumb Ways to Die 2
  • Vertical Adventure: Jump, Die, Retry
  • One More Line
  • The Tiny Bang Story
  • Death Squared
  • .projekt
  • Hidden Folks
  • Save the Puppies
  • NR Shooter
  • Connection
  • Shapes
  • Lines
  • Red Herring
  • Block Puzzle & Conquer
  • Number Mazes
  • Infinity Loop
  • Brain It On!
  • Decipher
  • What’s inside the box?
  • Harmony: Relaxing Music Puzzles


  • Reigns
  • Reigns: Her Majesty
  • Reigns: Game of Thrones
  • Mini Metro
  • Pocket City
  • This is the Police
  • Guns’n’Glory Heroes
  • Guns’n’Glory Zombies
  • Fiz: Brewery Management Game
  • Traffix
  • Risk
  • Tiny Guardians
  • Door Kickers
  • King’s League: Odyssey
  • The Battle of Polytopia
  • SpellForce – Heroes & Magic
  • Card Thief
  • Card Crawl
  • Drive Simulator
  • Door Kickers


  • Cytus II
  • Melobeat


  • Toca Nature
  • Toca Mystery House
  • Trivia 360
  • My Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Power Girls Super City
  • StoryToys Rapunzel
  • Animal Puzzles for Kids
  • Code Karts Pre-coding for kids
  • Thomas & Friends: Race On!
  • Sago Mini Pet Cafe
  • Pet World Premium
  • Little Panda Fireman
  • Little Panda’s Jewel Adventure
  • Jurassic World
  • Kids Animals Jigsaw Puzzles
  • Learn to Read & Save Animals

Google Play Pass apps

The list of Google Play Pass apps is honestly pretty bloated, but there are a few useful productivity apps. Here’s the list for now, and we’ll update it as more apps are added to the service.

All apps:

  • AccuWeather: Daily Forecast & Live Weather Reports
  • Tunable: Music Practice Tools
  • ISS HD Live: View Earth Live
  • Pic Stitch – #1 Collage Maker
  • Daylio – Diary, Journal, Mood Tracker
  • Moon+ Reader Pro
  • All-In-One Calculator
  • Easy Voice Recorder Pro
  • jetAudio HD Music Player Plus
  • VivaVideo Pro Video Editor HD
  • Business Calendar Pro
  • White Noise
  • White Noise Generator
  • Ambience – Nature Sounds
  • Rain Sounds – Sleep & Relax
  • Relax Rain – Rain Sounds
  • Nature Sounds
  • Sleep Sounds
  • Unit Converter
  • TouchRetouch
  • MyTuner Radio App
  • Friendly for Facebook
  • Our Groceries Shopping List
  • Decision Roulette
  • GPS Status & Toolbox
  • Photo Editor
  • Podcast Go
  • Smart Recorder
  • Podcast Republic
  • Money Manager Expense & Budget
  • Cross DJ Pro
  • Quotes Creator
  • KWGT Kustom Widget Maker
  • KLWP Kustom Live Wallpaper Maker
  • Photo Studio Pro
  • CamtoPlan
  • Slow Motion Video FX
  • Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder (Pro)
  • Password Manager SafeInCloud Pro
  • Currency Converter Plus
  • Dictionary.com Premium
  • Infinite Painter
  • To Do List
  • Mix by Camera360
  • Sleepo
  • WebVideo Cast
  • Enpass Password Manager
  • LockMyPix Secret Photo Vault
  • FlipaClip: Cartoon Animation
  • Perfect Piano
  • Notebloc PDF Scanner
  • Fast Scanner
  • DataDex Pokedex
  • Real Guitar
  • Flashcards
  • Accurate Altimeter
  • PixelLab
  • Calls Blacklist – Call Blocker
  • Lexis Audio Editor
  • Phonograph Music Player
  • My Notes – Notepad
  • Voice changer with effects
  • Luci – Dream Journal
  • Weather Kitty
  • ArtFlow: Paint Draw Sketchbook
  • Diaro – Diary, Journal, Notes, Mood Tracker
  • Pixel Art: Color by Number
  • Rain Alarm

What are your favorite Google Play Pass games and apps? Let us know in the comments below!

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Download Pixel 4 live wallpapers, updated Pixel Launcher, and more

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A number of Google Pixel 4 apps expected to debut on the new phones are now available for download.

If you’ve been following the Pixel 4 leak frenzy, you may have seen a bunch of new developments after a website called Nextrift got access to a pre-release Pixel 4 XL unit. The website (via 9to5Google) shared a number of Pixel 4 apps — the new Google Recorder app, updated Pixel Launcher, new Pixel Themes app, and a handful of new Pixel 4 live wallpapers (via XDA). Now, all of these apps are available for download.

Pixel Themes app

Google’s new Pixel Themes app will allow you to customize fonts, icon designs, accent colors, and more on Pixel 4 devices. While Google will possibly bring this app to all Pixel users in the future, you can now download it with the APK 9to5Google was able to access through the pre-release Pixel 4 XL unit. The Pixel Themes APK can be downloaded from the link in the button pasted below. You can head over to the 9to5Google link given above for the complete instructions on how to do so.

Pixel Launcher

The new set of Pixel 4 apps also features the Pixel Launcher. The only new change here is the ability to swipe down to access your device’s notification tray. The APK for the Pixel Launcher was also extracted from the pre-release Pixel 4 XL unit and should work with any Pixel device.

Download Pixel 4 live wallpapers

While new live wallpapers on Pixel 4 were uncovered by 9to5Google, a member of XDA Developers was able to modify the APK so anyone with an Android 7 and above 64-bit device can download them.

You can choose from wallpapers called Prickly, Leafy, Rocky, and Sights From The Sun. There’s also a Doodle wallpaper which allows you to move objects around on the screen. A Compass wallpaper lets you pick a location and the compass then points to it. There are the “Living Universe” set of wallpapers which now feature locations in Saudi Arabia, Australia, and Switzerland.

Six of the nine Pixel 4 wallpapers also support the system-wide dark mode and turn dark in accordance. Download the Pixel 4 live wallpapers at the link below.

Google Voice Recorder

The Google Pixel 4 phones will come pre-installed with a voice recording app. The app allows you to start voice recordings with the tap of the record button, and you can also share recordings straight from within the app.

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PlanetPron app for Android updated with Material Design (NSFW)

Before we go any further, please be aware that this post is about a porn app being updated, which some readers may find offensive. You have been warned.

There’s really no beating around the bush about what PlanetPron is all about; it’s an app designed to look at adult pictures and videos, plain and simple, but the app is currently undergoing a big update, so it’s certainly worth highlighting. We first talked about this app in our best adult apps roundup, praising the app for being one of the best of its kind. That was mostly down to its content, however, not design. Now PlanetPron is catching up in that department as well.

Material Design is prominent in PlanetPron and this is seen from the outset when launching the app. You’re greeted with a home screen that consists of a grid of content packed with high-resolution thumbnails of the content itself. We’ll ignore the irony present here that one is observing and appreciating the app design and layout, as opposed to the actual content. Simply tap a thumbnail on the grid to be taken to that image or video in a new window and you’ll find the usual comments, sharing, and rating icons.

PlanetPron also Features an app locking feature that works with a PIN or the Marshmallow fingerprint API to keep the app away from prying eyes. Privacy is continued as you can configure the app to time-out and also even change the app icon to further hide it on your device.

Of course the app isn’t on the Google Play Store, so you’ll need to download it directly from the app maker. That means you also need to allow the installation of apps from unknown sources in order for this to work.

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HTC Butterfly 3 and updated One M9 Plus tipped for Sept 29th


September 29th is shaping up to be an eventful day. Not only is Google planning a big announcement but HTC will be launching two new smartphones as well, according to tipster @LlabTooFeR.

Apparently, HTC is planning to unveil its Butterfly 3 smartphone specifically for the Chinese market. Earlier in the year, a benchmark for the Butterfly 3 suggested hardware along the lines of a 5.1-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 810, 20MP camera and 3GB of RAM. However, rumors have been rather quiet since then and a lot may have changed.

A refresh of the HTC One M9+ is also said to be on the way, although hardware details about this smartphone are still being kept under wraps. The original handset was arguably more of a flagship than the regular One M9, as it features a new QHD display and fingerprint scanner.

HTC’s event is scheduled for September 29th in Japan. Most likely then, both of these new phones will be targeted at the Asian markets, as have many of HTC’s other releases this year, and are unlikely to appear in European or US regions.

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BlackBerry Venice rumor roundup (updated on September 19)

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Are pigs about to start flying? After begging for years and losing all hope, BlackBerry has reportedly turned around and finally decided that making an Android smartphone wasn’t such a bad idea. BlackBerry CEO even mentioned he wouldn’t be opposed to building a secure Android handset.

Rumors and leaks have intensified since then. The tech world has all eyes on the keyboard king as we eagerly wait for an announcement, but for now all we can do is give you a rundown of all the rumored details that have managed to hit the inter webs. The upcoming handset is said to be named the BlackBerry Venice. Want to learn everything there is to know about this rumored phone? Keep reading.

Keep in mind most of this information is based on leaks and murmurs, and therefore you shouldn’t hold your breath on any of these. We are only putting all the information together for you. Take everything with a grain of salt. Oh, and don’t forget to keep this article bookmarked, as it will continue to be updated as more details on the BlackBerry Venice appear.


The whole tech world is raging about the BlackBerry Venice design. While we have had pretty good keyboards in the Android realm, none of them have quite matched BlackBerry quality. This is why our eyes turned wide open and our hearts dropped when we first heard the rumors that an Android BB smartphone was probably coming.

Thankfully, all rumors have kept us satisfied. And I believe we can put a certain level of trust on the general idea surrounding the Venice’s design, as all leaks have been consistent.

On the surface, the BlackBerry Venice looks like your regular black slab. One of the earlier images from @evleaks shows a phone with a speaker below the screen, a microUSB port and a 3.5 mm headset jack, as well as what seems like a curved screen displaying a rather clean version of Android. This information was great and all, but it was the leaks to come that would really get the conversation going.

This thing has a keyboard, and it’s hidden right under the screen! You can literally slide the screen section upwards to the beautiful button layout. The image showcasing this part of the phone also came from Evan Blass, who then decided to treat us with an actual video of the phone.

Other illustrations include cartoon-like press renders from CrackBerry and @evleaks (yes, again), but those are a little more basic. What has me more excited are the leaked shots we saw hitting the internet last weekend. These are true photos of the phone, not press renders or fancy animations. The phone looks just as we expected, and we can finally see it from all angles.

We then went ahead and uncovered some exclusive images, also showing the device from different angles, but the coolest part is that these images gave us more insight on the software, as well as a hands-on video that recently went online. We will take a look at the clip during the software section, though, as that is mostly what it focuses on. Here are the images:


We can’t go too much into detail about this information just yet, as not enough about the handset’s internals has been strongly corroborated. The latest rumors do state the phone will come with a 5.4-inch QHD (2560x1440p) display, though. This would put the BlackBerry Venice up there with the big guys. It’s said to be a power house, so we should expect no less.

It’s also important to note that some of the images make it seem like the screen is slightly curved on the sides, a la Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. It’s a cool little treat if you are into that kind of stuff, but it shouldn’t really make much of a difference. It’s said the display will feature a Super AMOLED panel, though, and that is definitely something to celebrate. At least for those of us who like deep blacks and vibrant colors.

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As mentioned right above, the rumored spec list is still not yet worthy of too much trust, mostly because it’s not backed by many other sources or separate rumors. These specs come from N4bb, which claims the handset will feature a 1.8 GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and 3 GB of RAM.

Sure, it may not have the almighty Snapdragon 810 and the 4 GB of RAM that’s starting to become the standard, but this phone will certainly not disappoint. The Snapdragon 808 is plenty powerful, and 3 GB of RAM is great for multi-tasking. In fact, these specs seem to be identical to those of the LG G4, so you should expect similar performance. And the G4 happens to be a great smartphone!

Qualcomm Snapdragon 1600


I will say it right off the bat – BlackBerry has always been infamous for its sub-par smartphone cameras. Seriously… this stuff can get pretty bad, even with the newer handsets! Will a change in the operating system improve the situation? It’s hard to say, but we can only hope so.

At the very least we know the pixel count on photos will be pretty high. Rumors suggest the phone will come with an 18 MP rear-facing camera. The images also show some engraving around the lens with the words “OIS” and “FAST FOCUS”, so we can assume the camera will tout both mentioned features. On the front side, the Venice is said to feature a 5 MP camera. Nothing out of the ordinary, but it should definitely be good enough for those good ol’ selfies.

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We know the BlackBerry Venice is coming with Android, but we are not sure just yet which version it will tout. With Android 6.0 Marshmallow right around the corner, we certainly hope the new handset will adopt the latest and greatest mobile OS iteration from Google.

What’s interesting is that this phone’s software will be more than just about Android and its benefits over BB10. BlackBerry CEO John Chen previously mentioned that “if he could find a way to secure an Android phone, he will also build that”, and this seems to hold true for the Venice. BlackBerry acquired Good Technology on September, in an effort to expand its security services to other platforms (including Android).

Furthermore, a list of installed apps acquired by Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) shows us a bevy of BlackBerry apps being pre-installed on the Android handset. This would include popular services like BlackBerry Messenger, Hub, Calendar, Tasks, Notes, Emails and more.


BlackBerry has been meaning to offer its services to Android users. That leads us to one big question – is the Venice about showcasing the services BlackBerry can offer to other Android users, or is it more about making an awesome device? To us it seems like the Venice takes the best out of both platforms.

A leaked hands-on video shows the Venice has great software features we have seen from both operating systems. For starters, the device seems to support double-tap to wake. The software looks very much like stock Android, but there’s definitely BlackBerry enhancements within. There was also BlackBerry Hub and BlackBerry Device Search. This will take care of all your communications. The Device Search will allow users to easily find any file, app or content from a single tool.

Remember how you could use the keyboard as a touch pad with the BlackBerry Passport? It turns out the Venice has the same features. You can use it to easily scroll around, which will help when viewing media or websites, as your fingers won’t be getting in the way.

Price and availability

Evan Blass swears this phone will be launching in November, and that it’s coming to all 4 major USA carriers. Other than that, details on availability are scarce.

No rumors on pricing have emerged either, but don’t expect the BlackBerry Venice to be cheap. It has high-end specs and likely a high focus on security, which will make it a valuable asset to many enterprise users. Not to mention, this smartphone will be all the hype among previous BlackBerry users.

Wrapping up

BlackBerry plans to make its big return to the market with a phone they could actually manage to sell in larger quantities. The Venice looks like a winner, with specs that seem to be great and software that is even better. The great part is users will enjoy all the benefits Android has to offer, all while not needing to sacrifice their BlackBerry features, as most of the main BB10 services seem to be coming with it.

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It will all make more sense once more details show up. We understand there’s not enough information to really make a decision right now, but the announcement is on its way and more rumors will continue coming in! Remember to keep this post bookmarked and an open eye on Android Authority for all your BlackBerry Venice and Android news. We will continue to report on the mysterious phone, and this post will be updated continuously.

Hit the comments and let us know what you think! The real question is whether users will put their money where their mouth is. I honestly wouldn’t mind giving the BlackBerry Venice a chance. Would you?

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