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[Update: Mate 20 Series, P30 Lite, P smart] Android 10 beta comes to Honor 20, 20 Pro, and View 20 in the form of Magic UI 3.0

During IFA 2019 in Berlin, Huawei published a roadmap detailing when which of its devices were slated to receive Android 10. The Honor 20, 20 Pro, and View 20 are supposed to get the final version in December, so it makes sense that Huawei is now rolling out early beta access to Magic UI 3.0, the company's custom Honor skin on top of Android 10.

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Honor 9X hands-on: Surprise Google apps and pop-up selfie cam, but alas no NFC

In view of the ongoing US-China trade war and the ban imposed on Huawei that restricts it from launching new phones with Google apps and services, you’d be forgiven for thinking the latest phone from sub-brand Honor was dead on arrival. And yet that’s not the case as the Honor 9X is packing all the Google goodness you’d usually expect. It’s business as usual. The reason for this is that it’s essentially the same device as the Huawei Y9 Prime or P Smart Z in terms of certification (according to Roland Quandt), which was already achieved during the extension period months ago.

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Android 10 beta available for some Huawei Mate 20 Pro devices ahead of schedule

Android 10 has been steadily finding its way into OEM handsets since launching in September. This past weekend, Huawei decided to get a jumpstart on its own Android 10 beta release schedule by showing some love to the Netherlandic variant of the Mate 20 Pro.

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Huawei Mate X is supposedly being released in China this month

There has been much hype surrounding folding phones, and while the Samsung Galaxy Fold was almost launched, canceled at last minute, and then relaunched, the Huawei Mate X has been taking its sweet time. This is bound to change, as the company has confirmed that it's launching its own take on foldables in China this month, while a video showing off the device and its retail box has been making its rounds on Twitter.

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Huawei Mate30 loses SafetyNet certification, Google Apps install workaround

Earlier today, well-known developer John Wu — the name behind Android's current go-to root solution Magisk — penned an explanation over on Medium for precisely how the Mate 30's Google apps workaround worked. It was a pretty interesting read for folks interested in the minutiae of Android, as parts of it are a bit concerning from a security perspective. Based on the timing, it seems like it may have also worried some other folks as well, as the site hosting the installer APK for the Play Store workaround has been taken down.

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United States unlikely to give Huawei more trade ban extensions

The ongoing conflict between Huawei and world governments over spying allegations has been a wild ride. The company was initially blocked from trading with U.S.-based companies earlier this year, but temporary extensions have been given to US companies to continue working with Huawei. Unfortunately for Huawei, those extensions likely won't be renewed.

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Huawei Mate 30 Pro workaround to install Google apps discovered, after all

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro's Google Play Services situation has been one hell of a ride so far. CEO Richard Yu first said the company was thinking about making the bootloader unlockable, which would make it easier to install a custom ROM with Google Play Services support. This was quickly backtracked by a spokesperson clarifying Huawei has "no plans" doing so. In another turn of events, it seems installing Play Services is possible without unlocking the bootloader – if you're ready to install the enterprise device manager LZ Play on the phone, though it requires extensive permissions.

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Huawei won't allow bootloader unlocking on the Mate 30 after all

Huawei's newest flagship, the Mate 30, was officially revealed a few days ago. It's an impressive piece of hardware, but its lack of Google services (due to ongoing trade disputes between the United States and China) mean it's going to be a very hard sell outside of China. There was some hope that Huawei would loosen its grip on bootloader unlocks, so buyers could flash an alternate ROM with Google apps, but that won't be happening.

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[Update: Nope] CEO says Huawei Mate 30 bootloader is unlockable, opening easy pathway to Google apps

Huawei might have been able to deploy Android 10 just in time for its Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro releases, but, thanks to a looming U.S. imports ban, Western markets will not be able to use Google apps and services on those phones... at least out of the box. We've been expecting a couple of twists to come out of the company in order to accommodate those Google-dependent customers and they have certainly come — right out of the CEO's mouth.

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Huawei's Android replacement HarmonyOS is reportedly far from finished

Huawei announced its Android replacement HarmonyOS with much fanfare and confidence last month. The company boasted it's on-par with Google's OS, if not better. Still, as a brand new OS, it has to solve the problem that defeated Windows Phone: app availability. This is why HarmonyOS can run ported Android apps through Huawei's so-called ARK Compiler, a program allowing developers to easily convert existing applications. Apparently, this software is far from ready, and many Chinese firms testing it report it can't even compile its own demo app properly at the moment.

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