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Huawei plans to shake down Samsung and Apple for 5G royalties

Huawei plans to shake down Samsung and Apple for 5G royalties

While Huawei remains shut out of the US smartphone industry, the company is seeking to bring in revenue through new methods. On Tuesday, Huawei announced its intention to begin charging companies like Samsung and Apple royalties for access and use of its 5G-related patents.

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You may soon be waiting longer and paying more for Snapdragon-powered phones

You may soon be waiting longer and paying more for Snapdragon-powered phones

Qualcomm is struggling to meet a demand surge for its Snapdragon chipsets with multiple supply challenges affecting its production strategy. The ripple effects could bring more priority to the premium tier at the expense of more affordable devices and longer waits for orders.

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Huawei P50 leak shows the same massive camera bump as its Pro bro

Huawei P50 leak shows the same massive camera bump as its Pro bro

Yesterday we had our first look at the Huawei P50 Pro. Following close behind is the P50, sans Pro modifier, with a very similar set of leaks. According to the images, this presumably cheaper variant ditches the curved screen panel and has slightly thicker screen bezels. The distinctive giant camera module, with two bulbous lenses, remains in place.

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The Huawei P50 Pro leaks with a ridiculously large camera bump

The Huawei P50 Pro leaks with a ridiculously large camera bump

Huawei may be in trouble due to the trade restrictions imposed by the US, but the company is still doing its best to create enticing new products. After we got a first glimpse at the upcoming P50 Pro flagship on New Year's Eve 2020, renowned leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer (better known as @OnLeaks) is back with more renders that give us a way better idea of what the device will look like — prepare for an absolute unit of a camera bump.

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Huawei's new folding phone costs as much as a used car and still doesn't have a real app store

Huawei's new folding phone costs as much as a used car and still doesn't have a real app store

Huawei announced its next-gen foldable, the Mate X2, in China today. The phone features an inward-folding design, in stark contrast to the original Mate X, whose display wrapped around it. In other words, it finally adopts the design approach that Samsung has stuck with since the original Galaxy Fold — a wise decision given how fragile flexible panels are. What may prove to be quite a bit less wise, though, is how much Huawei wants you to pay for its phone.

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LineageOS ends Android 9 Pie support, cutting off 24 phones and tablets

LineageOS ends Android 9 Pie support, cutting off 24 phones and tablets

LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM around, not only because it brings a stock-like experience to phones and tablets, but also because it has kept many devices supported long after the manufacturer dropped support. The project has offered builds based on Android 9 Pie since early 2019, and now that many devices have been updated to LineageOS 17.1 (and with Android 11 support coming soon), support for Pie is ending.

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Huawei may have realized it's doing folding screens backwards, could switch to inward fold for the Mate X2

Huawei may have realized it's doing folding screens backwards, could switch to inward fold for the Mate X2

Flexible screens are probably among the most delicate pieces of tech out in the real world, and Huawei’s decision to put one on the outside of its first foldable was surely a risky venture. With the follow-up Mate X2, the company will allegedly make an about-face and settle on an inward folding design, and the resulting device looks a lot like the Galaxy Z Fold2 in these leaked renders.

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Huawei is set to launch its next foldable, the Mate X2, on February 22

Huawei is set to launch its next foldable, the Mate X2, on February 22

Huawei created a furor among visitors at CES 2019 when it showcased its upcoming foldable phone that admittedly looked more futuristic than the prototype Samsung had shown. A lot has changed, however, between then and now. While the South Korean giant is now making the finest foldables on the market, its Chinese rival has been crippled by the US trade ban. Huawei isn't giving up, though, and is set to launch its next folding phone —  the Mate X2 — later this month.

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LineageOS brings Android 10 to the Nextbit Robin, Moto G5, and more

LineageOS brings Android 10 to the Nextbit Robin, Moto G5, and more

LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM around, as it has extended the life of many phones and tablets that would have otherwise been abandoned. Even for phones still receiving software updates from the original manufacturer, Lineage can sometimes work better than the stock software, and it's a popular option for 'de-Googling' Android devices. Since our last roundup, several more phones have been added to the official Android 10 build roster (and a few have been removed).

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Honor says it's no longer affected by Huawei's trade sanctions

Honor says it's no longer affected by Huawei's trade sanctions

Huawei was one of the world's top smartphone manufacturers only a few short years ago, but ever-increasing trade sanctions by the United States took a toll on the company. Huawei sold off its Honor sub-division late last year to save the budget brand from the same sanctions, and according to a recent interview with Honor's CEO, the move seems to be working.

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