Huawei Confirms In-House OS Not Designed to Replace Android

Huawei Confirms In-House OS Not Designed to Replace Android


When the drama between Huawei and the US government hit a high, there seemed to be a safety net for the China-based company due to the reported development of an in-house operating system. What we’re learning now, though, is that its Hongmeng OS is not designed to replace Android at all.

Instead, the OS was initially developed for IoT devices, not made to run all of the world’s applications and perform other tasks. This new information contradicts what Huawei’s CEO of consumer business, Richard Yu, said earlier this year. He said the OS had been in development for years and that it would be, “compatible with all Android applications and web applications.”

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I’m Ready for Android Foldables too, Google

I’m Ready for Android Foldables too, Google


The official Android Twitter account has sent just two Tweets over the past four days and both have to do with foldable smartphones. One references Android Q featuring foldables support, while the other talks more about a future where foldables give you the opportunity to pick the phone that’s just right for you. I don’t know if Google and the Android team are pushing hype because Samsung or Motorola or someone else are about to finally deliver a foldable phone, but I’m ready for it. Let’s do foldables, Google!

Specifically, let’s do this.

Let’s do the foldable flip phone that we believe Motorola is making. Not just because Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is a bad design with numerous issues that led to a failed launch customers will struggle to move on from, especially when it’ll require them to fork over $2,000, but because a pocket-sized device that can become … Read the rest

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Report: Huawei Planning ‘Extensive Layoffs’ in US

Report: Huawei Planning ‘Extensive Layoffs’ in US


As a result of the current blacklisting the US government has placed on Huawei, the company is planning “extensive layoffs” in the US, with most reported to be coming from its R&D subsidiary Futurewei Technologies that has offices in Texas, Washington state, and California.

Huawei declined to comment to the Wall Street Journal, though, the layoffs are reported to be in the hundreds, with the subsidiary currently employing about 850 people.

According to the report, Chinese employees in the US have been given the option to return to China and stay with the company.

In what could be some good news, last month President Trump stated that he would allow some tech exports to the company resume. Recently, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the US would begin granting export licenses to Huawei suppliers whose sales to the Chinese company don’t pose a threat to national security.

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FedEx sues US government over export controls after Huawei problems

FedEx sues US government over export controls after Huawei problems

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Federal Express is suing the US Department of Commerce, arguing that US export control laws are so onerous that it’s impossible for FedEx to comply with them. US laws “require considerably more screening than possible from common carriers like FedEx,” the company argues in a legal complaint filed in a DC federal court on Monday.

The lawsuit doesn’t mention Huawei, but it was filed after a string of disputes between FedEx and Huawei that may be connected to US export control laws.

FedEx is one of the many international companies feeling pressure from the escalating trade war between the United States and China. Last month, the Trump administration added Huawei and its affiliates to an “entity list” under export control law. That made it illegal to ship a range of US-made technology to Huawei.

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Giveaway: Win a MediaPad M5 lite From Huawei and Droid Life

Giveaway: Win a MediaPad M5 lite From Huawei and Droid Life


Don’t let anyone, even Google, tell you Android tablets are dead. Manufacturers such as Huawei are continuing to push them out onto the market, and thanks to a limited summer promotion ending June 30, you can save $20 on the company’s MediaPad M5 lite tablet, bringing it down to $279.

If you’re feeling lucky, though, maybe you can win one for absolutely free. That’s right, we’re partnering with Huawei to give one of these tablets out to a lucky individual.

The MediaPad M5 lite features a 10.1″ FHD display, Kirin 659 octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB built-in storage, 7,500mAh battery, quad Harman Kardon-tuned speakers, M-Pen stylus (included in box), and the tablet runs EMUI above Android “Oreo.”

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Huawei Delays Foldable Mate X to ‘Improve Folding Screen’

Huawei Delays Foldable Mate X to ‘Improve Folding Screen’


Huawei is delaying the launch of its own foldable phone, the Mate X, to help improve the quality of the folding screen. This development comes after Samsung delayed launch of its own Galaxy Fold to do the same thing.

According to Huawei, launch will take place in September now, instead of the expected June launch.

It seems like Samsung and Huawei were in a rush to beat each other to market with folding phones, and in doing so, didn’t take into heavy enough consideration that their designs or the hardware itself wasn’t worth anyone spending $2,000+ on. I mean, a bit of pocket lint with a side of user error busted the Galaxy Fold, and if we’re being honest, the Mate X didn’t look like the great thing to spend $2,600 on anyway.

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Huawei cancels MateBook laptop launch because of US export ban

Huawei cancels MateBook laptop launch because of US export ban

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Huawei was planning to announce a new MateBook laptop this week, but an executive confirmed that the company cancelled the launch because of US sanctions against the Chinese company. It’s not clear when—or whether—the laptop will be released.

The US has banned sales of technology to Huawei, which uses Intel chips and the Windows operating system in its MateBook PCs. Huawei “planned to unveil the new Windows laptop at the CES Asia 2019 trade show in Shanghai this week” but “indefinitely postponed” the launch because of the US export ban, The Information reported yesterday.

Huawei consumer division CEO Richard Yu subsequently confirmed the cancellation to CNBC. “We cannot supply the PC,” Yu said, calling it “unfortunate,” according to CNBC.

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Time to Get That Nexus 6P Class Action Money, so Check Your Spam Folder

Time to Get That Nexus 6P Class Action Money, so Check Your Spam Folder


Back in April, we shared info from a class action lawsuit that had been brought against Google and Huawei over issues (bootlooping and battery drain) that plagued the Nexus 6P, the flagship phone the two released in partnership back in 2015. At the time, Google and Huawei had agreed to pay a settlement to owners of the phone up to $400 depending on the issues they experienced. Yesterday, owners of the Nexus 6P were given the opportunity to file a claim from the settlement.

Just to be clear, not everyone is entitled to $400 from this settlement. While the lawsuit does cover anyone who “purchased a Nexus 6P smartphone, other than for resale, between September 29, 2015 and May 3, 2019,” you’ll have to show documentation of issues to get anywhere near $400. The two issues included in this settlement are battery drain and bootlooping.

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Huawei argues congressional ban on its equipment is unconstitutional

Huawei argues congressional ban on its equipment is unconstitutional

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Huawei is asking a federal judge in Texas to strike down federal legislation passed last year that banned Huawei—by name—from selling telecommunications equipment to the federal government. Huawei argues that the legislation violates the Constitution’s rule against bills of attainder, laws that single out particular people for punishment.

Congress passed the most recent National Defense Authorization Act last August; Huawei launched its legal challenge against the law in March. The company filed a motion for summary judgment in the case on Tuesday. This is a motion that asks the judge to rule on the legal merits in the case prior to the discovery phase, when the two parties get to demand documents from one another to help them build their cases. Huawei hopes to avoid discovery because it could drag on for many months while Huawei is frozen out of competing for federal

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Huawei Loses Access to Android Updates Amid US, China Trade Dispute

Huawei Loses Access to Android Updates Amid US, China Trade Dispute


Yesterday, a report from Reuters detailed that Google had suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software, and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing. In layman’s, Huawei would lose access to Android updates for existing phones as well as access to Google services for any upcoming devices. 

This move by Google stems from an executive order signed by President Trump last week, which placed Huawei and 68 of its subsidies on a trade blacklist. 

Naturally, all of this has Huawei owners worried. The official Android account on Twitter sent out the following tweet, clarifying that services like Google Play and security services from Google Play Protect would continue to function properly on existing Huawei phones. 

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