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Googlefier is the simplest route to Google apps on Huawei and Honor phones

Googlefier is the simplest route to Google apps on Huawei and Honor phones

Huawei just announced the Mate 40, but like any other recent phone from the company, it's crippled by the lack of Google apps. It's possible to install these applications and the corresponding services on Huawei and Honor phones, but until now, the process was tedious and involved dozens of steps. The aptly called app Googlefier is looking to change that — it doesn't offer a one-step solution, but it makes the process much more approachable with limited automation and step-by-step guidance.

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The Huawei Mate 40 series is official, still crippled by lack of Google apps

The Huawei Mate 40 series is official, still crippled by lack of Google apps

At an online launch event today, Huawei CEO Richard Yu took to the stage to unveil the embattled Chinese company's latest flagship smartphone lineup. The Mate 40 series is without Google apps and services, and Huawei's App Gallery is also without a variety of other popular apps. So while the hardware is undoubtedly impressive, it's hard to get excited about a pair of devices that won't mean much to western audiences.

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Huawei might sell off parts of its Honor subsidiary

Huawei might sell off parts of its Honor subsidiary

Ever since the US tightened the noose on Huawei with various extensions of the trade ban, the Chinese manufacturer is in deep trouble, potentially left off without vital phone components. That appears to be the reason why the company might be working on restructuring its business and refocus its efforts on its own higher-end lineup. Reuters reports that Huawei is looking to sell parts of its subdivision Honor to Digital China, Xiaomi, or TCL.

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Huawei sets the date for next week’s Mate 40 unveiling

Huawei sets the date for next week’s Mate 40 unveiling

Huawei is preparing to take the wraps off the Mate 40 lineup, and a date has been set: October 22nd. To continue the hype, the company has just posted a short video to its YouTube channel with the tagline "Unprecedented Power is Coming," which gives us some pretty lofty expectations.

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LineageOS now officially supports OnePlus 7T Pro, Xiaomi Mi 9T, and more phones

LineageOS now officially supports OnePlus 7T Pro, Xiaomi Mi 9T, and more phones

LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM around, bringing new versions of Android to abandoned phones, and a stock-like experience (with or without Google software) to newer devices. The project has mainly been working on support for Google Pixel phones lately, but now a handful of other devices have joined the official build roster.

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Huawei says it could put HarmonyOS on phones next year, if anyone wants them

Huawei says it could put HarmonyOS on phones next year, if anyone wants them

When Huawei introduced HarmonyOS back in 2019, it wasn't meant to run on smartphones. But a lot has changed since then, and not just in the codebase. The US continues to toughen sanctions against the Chinese company, which is resulting in partners that are pulling away. At an event today, Huawei announced the next generation of HarmonyOS — and this time, it's going to run on phones.

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Huawei's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year continues as chip- and display-makers cut supplies

Huawei's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year continues as chip- and display-makers cut supplies

This year has been rough for a lot of reasons, but 2020 has struck Huawei particularly hard. From the initial US trade ban to the latest restrictions placed on the company, its business in parts of the world that aren't China has been severely impacted. Now it looks like Huawei is in for more bad news, as Samsung reportedly plans to stop selling its displays and chips to the world's largest smartphone manufacturer.

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Leaked specs reveal Huawei Watch GT2 Pro will support Qi wireless charging

Leaked specs reveal Huawei Watch GT2 Pro will support Qi wireless charging

Smartwatches have come a long way in the past few years. Apple makes some of the best hardware on the market, and companies like Fossil and Mobvoi are keeping Wear OS alive until wearables with Qualcomm's new chipset are released. Huawei unveiled the GT2 watch last year and followed that up with the fitness-focused GT2e. Now it's preparing to launch a Pro version, as leaked photos and a spec sheet give us our first preview of the upcoming Huawei Watch GT2 Pro.

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US government tightens ban on Huawei, potentially blocking future updates for some phones

US government tightens ban on Huawei, potentially blocking future updates for some phones

Huawei's temporary license to trade with US companies just expired a few days ago following extension after extension, but the Chinese manufacturer is in for even more trouble. The US Department of Commerce and Department of State have announced that they will further restrict access to US technology and add 38 additional Huawei affiliates to the entity list.

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Huawei's temporary license to trade with US companies has expired

Huawei's temporary license to trade with US companies has expired

Huawei receiving a trade ban from the United States over concerns about spying was one of the most important technology events last year, but its full ramifications have yet to take effect. The U.S. Commerce Department has repeatedly granted companies temporary 90-day licenses to continue selling components to Huawei, which have been renewed time and time again. However, the most recent license has now lapsed, potentially placing the company in further trouble.

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