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[Update: Timeline for more devices] Huawei announces EMUI 10 based on Android Q, P30 series getting beta on September 8

Right after announcing its very own mobile operating system HarmonyOS during its developer conference, Huawei quickly followed up by showing its continued commitment to Android. The company unveiled the latest iteration of EMUI, number 10.0, based on Android Q. A beta version of it is coming to the Huawei P30 series on September 8, which further confirms what we were already expecting: Google is most likely launching the stable release of Android 10 Q at around the same date.

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Huawei ban reportedly killed an Assistant-powered smart speaker

Huawei has not had a great 2019. Just a few short years ago, the company was gearing up for a big push in North America. Then, the political climate got downright chilly for Chinese firms. Now, Huawei is facing down a technology trade ban that threatens to cut it off from US suppliers. The Information reports that one casualty of the dustup was an Assistant-powered smart speaker from Huawei.

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Making a smartphone is very, very hard, RED's Hydrogen One failure proves

In a forum post on his personal fan worship portal H4Vuser.net yesterday, RED founder and CEO Jim Jannard all but declared the company's first smartphone, the RED Hydrogen One, a failure. Well, it wasn't that RED failed (of course not!), it was that someone else failed RED. Specifically, its ODM (original design manufacturer).

Without getting too mucked up in smartphone business jargon, an ODM is basically a full-service design and firmware support company. While the specific services they provide depend on the client and product, in general, an ODM takes a conceptual product design, basic specifications, and a price point from a customer, and then creates a working smartphone which can then be mass-produced by an OEM (original equipment manufacturer).

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The best smartwatches, fitness trackers, and wearables for Android (Summer 2019)

Not everyone needs or wants a screen on their wrist, but for those of us who like tracking workouts and responding to notifications without reaching for a phone, smartwatches and fitness trackers can be fantastic tools. They can give us enhanced insight into our health, or simply give us easier access to tools and controls without pulling a phone out.

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"Huawei" is now a radioactive word — should the company rebrand?

Huawei has a strong, well-known smartphone brand globally. And that's proving to be a liability more than an advantage these days.

When PCMag attempted to ship a Huawei P30 Pro from its UK offices to its US ones via FedEx last week (we covered it here), something annoying—but not unexpected—happened. FedEx refused to carry out the shipment and sent it back to the UK, which then caused the UK parcel handler to come up with a fake customs excuse for the failed delivery. And in the meantime, a flurry of social media help desk responses from the brands only served to confuse, not clarify, the situation.

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The 5 best and worst things about the OnePlus 7 Pro

The OnePlus 7 Pro is an excellent phone; in his review, Ryne went so far as to call it "the best smartphone you can buy." It's so good, we actually had trouble narrowing this list down to just five of its best features. But even though it's OnePlus's most feature-rich device to date, the company had to make some concessions to hit a characteristic "flagship killer" price point. After considerable deliberation, here are the five best and worst things about the OnePlus 7 Pro, for your consideration.

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Huawei says it will update 17 phones to Android Q, ban or no ban

Things look grim for Huawei as the US export ban threatens to cut the company off from the technology and services it needs to survive. One of its chief concerns is the very real possibility that it could lose access to Google services and Android updates. Still, Huawei remains confident with a pledge to update 17 phones to Android Q according to its new "Huawei Answers" site.

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Huawei forecasts catastrophic drop in phone sales and revenue

When the US added Huawei to the Entity List last month, it sparked a series of troubles for the Chinese manufacturer that are beginning to have significant consequences on its shipments and revenue. Indeed, the company has been banned from doing business with US organizations, which means it had to stop its working relationships with chip manufacturers and even Google.

Although Huawei tried to reassure markets with mitigation measures, including an in-house OS; these didn't seem to convince buyers its devices were a safe bet. Indeed, British carriers paused the introduction of the manufacturer's 5G products and its partner Foxconn was said to be halting some Huawei production lines earlier this month.

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Huawei cautiously delays folding Mate X in view of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold debacle

Despite being quite a promising device, the Samsung Galaxy Fold's launch didn't go as smoothly as expected. Indeed, several review units failed right before its official release, which led the brand to delay the handset's commercialization to improve its design. Some saw this as an opportunity for Huawei to get ahead of the competition with its Mate X. Nevertheless, the manufacturer faced its own share of issues after it was added to the US Entity list, as it may have to stop using Android on its devices. On top of these woes, the company's first foldable device may not be as reliable as expected, as its launch is being delayed to September, with Huawei claiming they "don’t want to launch a product to destroy [their] reputation."

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Huawei P30 Pro review: The world's best camera phone, even with a future in doubt

I've had mixed feelings about Huawei phones for years. The company's intrusive EMUI software was to blame for much of that, but a history of  sub-par camera performance and its spotty update track record didn't help. When we reviewed the Mate 20 Pro, we saw a lot of progress, with Huawei shipping a phone with the most recent version of Android mere months after it had launched. Stellar cameras, flagship performance, and an excellent OLED display hit the point home: Huawei was very ready to play in the smartphone big leagues.

Fast-forward to 2019, and the P30 Pro takes what made the Mate 20 Pro great and just keeps building on it.

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