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Huawei executive confirms company passed on chance to produce Google's Pixel phones

According to German blog WinFuture, VP of Huawei Consumer Business Group Colin Giles confirmed on the record that the company passed on a chance to be the manufacturer of the Google Pixel. The reason, according to Giles, was as we reported a little over a month ago: branding.

Huawei had no desire to go back to making phones for someone else, and Google didn't want a manufacturing partner's trademark featured anywhere on the Pixels or in their marketing. So, a potentially multi-year smartphone partnership that started with the Nexus 6P instead ended there. What could have been will likely remain a mystery - it's not even clear if Google's plans for the Pixel phones had fully materialized during negotiations with Huawei, or if the resultant decision to go with HTC may have led to larger strategy changes for the products.

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Huawei is launching an Honor 8 EMUI 5.0 beta test in cooperation with XDA

Huawei has made some great hardware, but the software is another story. The EMUI Android skin has been consistently sluggish, confusing, and redundant. Huawei has been promising a big redesign in EMUI 5.0, and now users of the Honor 8 have a shot at trying it out. You have to apply for inclusion in the beta test, and you can do so (oddly) at XDA.

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Huawei announces the Mate 9 with a giant 5.9-inch display and speedy Kirin 960 SoC

Huawei has unveiled its latest smartphone, the Mate 9. It's big. How big, you ask? It has a 5.9-inch display, and it's got some big specs to go with it. This is the first phone with Huawei's latest Kirin ARM chip, a revamped version of the EMUI Android skin, and there's a Porche-designed special edition. The price is pretty big for Huawei too at €699 ($776). You might have the option to buy it in the US at some point as well.

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[Deal Alert] Get a refurbished Huawei Watch for just $159.99 from Newegg's eBay store

Android Wear deals are pretty abundant nowadays, and the fact that many major OEMs won't be releasing any new AW-powered smartwatches this year makes them even more appealing. Now, you can pick up a leather strap-equipped Huawei Watch refurb from Newegg's eBay store for just $159.99 - that's $40 less than Newegg's usual price for the refurbished Huawei Watch, and a whopping $190 less than the Watch's MSRP.

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[Update: Plum] Huawei's Mate 9 gets leaked in standard and curved screen guises, shamelessly rips off Samsung's edge devices

Chinese products don't have a great reputation for unique design, whether it be with cars, designer items, or electronics. With this leaked picture (courtesy of VentureBeat, the home of serial leaker @evleaks) of two upcoming Mate 9 models, "Manhattan" and "Long Island," Huawei isn't exactly doing that rep any favors.

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Honor 6X announced in China with dual cameras and affordable price

Huawei's Honor brand has been selling a few phones in the US, but the company's primary focus is still in its native China, and there's a new Honor phone there today. The Honor 6X has been announced with solid specs and dual cameras for not a lot of money.

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[Deal Alert] Gold/Sapphire Huawei Watch just $197 ($303 off) on Amazon

The Huawei Watch is generally regarded as one of the best AW watches currently available, but it usually commands a high price tag. Although the MSRP was originally $499, most models have lowered in price since release. At least one of the versions, the Gold/Sapphire model, has finally dropped under $200.

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Source: Huawei passed on chance to produce Pixel phones, US division badly struggling

According to a source familiar with Huawei's operations, the Chinese smartphone and telecoms giant's device division has been having a very difficult time attempting to break into the fickle US market. Not only that, but rumors that Huawei was pegged as the manufacturer of Google's 2016 smartphone portfolio were, at one point, true: negotiations between Huawei and Google broke down when the latter demanded no partner logos be on its new smartphones. But the drama runs even deeper than that, if our source is to be believed, starting with the Nexus program.

In 2015, Huawei entered into a partnership with Google to produce the Nexus 6P.

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TWRP now available for China Note7 models, Huawei Ascend Y550, and more

TWRP is by far the most popular custom recovery as of late. Flashing ROMs, backing up your device, managing files in a pinch - TWRP makes it all easy. The custom recovery has extended its reach to six more devices, three of which are from Samsung.

Samsung devices now supported include the Galaxy Note 4 Duos (International)Galaxy Note 7 (China Qualcomm), and Galaxy S7 edge (China Qualcomm). There is also a sprinkling of other devices now supported, such as the Huawei Ascend Y550Archos 55 Diamond Selfie, and LeEco Le Max 2.

While I haven't heard of the latter two devices, I'm sure many are excited for the extended Note7 support.

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Google may launch Andromeda OS on rumored 7-inch Huawei 'Nexus' tablet

Google is hyping up its October 4th event for the new Pixel phone unveiling, but there may be a crazy #onemorething happening too. As we reported earlier today, Google is working on a new Android-based OS codenamed Andromeda that integrates some features from Chrome OS, making it more suitable for use on a laptop-like device. This might be previewed at the event. Now, 9to5Google reports that Google's first Andromeda device will be that long-rumored 7-inch Huawei-built "Nexus" tablet.

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