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I tried to use an Honor phone without Google's apps — and it did not go well

By now you’re probably familiar with the Huawei ban. Back in May, as part of the US government’s pointless trade war with China, Huawei was put on an “entity list” preventing American companies from doing business with the Chinese giant. As a result, Huawei lost access to Intel and Qualcomm’s chips, Microsoft and Google’s software — like Windows and Google Mobile Services (GMS) — and much more US tech.

Huawei mostly makes phones using its own Kirin processors, so losing access to Qualcomm’s hardware isn’t a huge issue. The company can also continue using Android since it’s open source. But losing access to GMS means new Huawei phones cannot run Google’s apps or services, or third party apps that use Google’s APIs — a deal breaker in many markets, including Europe, where Huawei handsets are extremely popular.

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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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