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Huawei ekes out growth from a turbulent Q2

Huawei has just announced its revenue for the first half of 2019, the first time we've had numbers that demonstrate the impact its drama with the US government may have had on its bottom line. Depending on how you choose to look at them, the company has either successfully shrugged things off as it continues to grow, or sales have begun to stall. While the company is seeing a 23% year-over-year (and quarter-over-quarter) revenue increase, still an overall rise compared to last year, smartphone shipments are flat across Q1 and Q2.

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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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LineageOS drops support for Nexus 4 and Galaxy S9, starts builds for Redmi Note 7 Pro

LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM around, with official support for dozens of devices and a huge community. The project relies on the work of contributing developers, which means phones can just easily be dropped as they are added. Since we last covered LineageOS, a few new devices are now supported, while a handful of fan favorites have been dropped.

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Honor 9X and 9X Pro revealed with pop-up selfie cams and minimal bezels

At an event in China today, Huawei's sub-brand unveiled two new upper mid-range handsets, the Honor 9X and 9X Pro. They both feature pop-up front cameras, as well as the Kirin 810 SoC and a 48MP main camera sensor on the back. In view of their name, they sport a dazzling 3D gradient X -shaped finish on the back.

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Huawei reportedly helped build North Korea's wireless network and everyone's freaking out

Beyond the political luggage generated in the midst of the protracted U.S.-China trade dispute, the American import ban that Huawei has to deal with is laden with doubt from tech critics who chide D.C. with inhibiting innovation in mobile phones. Lest we forget, though, that the Department of Justice is pursuing the Chinese tech behemoth for stealing trade secrets and fraud in relation to Iran sanctions breaches. Now, we're learning of leaked documents that tie Huawei to business conducted in another adversarial country: North Korea.

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Whatever OS Huawei has been working on, the company says it won't replace Android

If you've kept track of the political football in Washington that is Huawei, you'll know that the Trump administration, which supports the Chinese tech manufacturer, is at odds with Congress, which wants it disassociated with U.S. trade partners. The company has publicly been preparing contingency measures for a variety of situations, including replacement software for its smartphones should Android become unusable as a result of the ban. However, one of its board members has revealed that it has no intentions to leave Android, contradicting what executives have previously said about their plans.

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President Trump says US companies can trade with Huawei

The ongoing Huawei drama has been fascinating to watch, as one of the world's largest technology companies is slowly eaten away by trade bans. Huawei lost the ability to use Google services on its Android phones, had its revenue forecasts slashed, and started working on an alternative to Android. Today might be the beginning of the end of Huawei's troubles, as President Trump announced today that "U.S. companies can sell their equipment to Huawei."

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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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[Update: FedEx responds] FedEx is apparently refusing to even ship Huawei phones to the US

The hits keep on coming for Huawei. After the announcement of a US technology export ban, numerous Huawei suppliers and partners around the world have ended relationships with the company. Now, you might not even be able to ship a Huawei phone reliably. PCMag tried to mail a P30 Pro from the UK to the US, and it was returned to sender because of the ongoing legal drama.

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[Update: Honor 20 now on sale] Honor 20 series announced with 48MP camera, Kirin 980 chip, and punch-hole display

At an event in London today, the Honor 20 series was unveiled with an emphasis flagship photography at an affordable price. Honor has made no secret of the fact it's targeting the youth segment of the smartphone market and it hopes this latest selection will appeal to camera-conscious youngsters on relatively small budgets.

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