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Canada arrests Huawei's Chief Financial Officer, China warns 'grave consequences'

Two days ago, Canadian police arrested the chief financial officer of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, following an extradition request by the United States government. Wanzhou was arrested for allegedly covering up Huawei's links to a company that tried to sell equipment to Iran — a country under trade sanctions by the United States.

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Japan reportedly planning to boycott Huawei and ZTE equipment for government use

Chinese technology companies have faced numerous difficulties overseas this year owing to a lack of trust, particularly in the US where Huawei's proposed carrier deals with AT&T and Verizon fell through due to political pressure and ZTE was forced to pay huge fines and sack board members to resume trading. US government agencies were then banned from using technology made by either firm, and it looks like Japan may be following suit with similar sanctions.

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The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is back down to $500 ($50 off)

Huawei is a fan favorite of many in-the-know Android enthusiasts. The Chinese electronics manufacturer puts out solid devices that tend to fly under the radar here in the US, like last year's Mate 10 Pro. It's not brand new anymore, but it's still got a lot going on, and it's down to $500 at a lot of retailers.

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Huawei poised to launch a phone with a hole in the screen instead of a notch

Display notches are, to put it kindly, an inelegant solution to a vexing design problem. How can you get as much screen as possible in a phone while still offering a front-facing camera? Most OEMs are going to notch route, but Huawei is about to try something different: a hole. Huawei is teasing a device believed to be the Nova 4, which could beat Samsung's hole-punch phone to market.

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LineageOS drops support for 30 devices, including the Redmi Note 3 and Moto G4

The LineageOS custom ROM used to support just about every phone imaginable, but lately the project has been going for quality over quantity. Oreo (15.1) builds have to fulfill stricter requirements to receive official status, and now Lineage is dropping support for 30 unmaintained phones and tablets.

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The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is down to $500 ($50 off) at several retailers

Huawei's Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro may be the new hotness, but last year's Mate 10 Pro is still a solid performer (with no notch, if that's your thing). The device has been selling pretty consistently for about $550 for several months, but now, it's another $50 off from a bunch of different sellers.

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Huawei MediaPad M5 drops $40 on Amazon: 10.8" now $320, 8.4" $280

Google might be betting on Chrome OS for its tablet ambitions with the Pixel Slate, but there's still plenty of demand for solid Android tablets. As our own Rita El Khoury points out, native Android app performance is still better on Android slates, not to mention the fact that there are no 7-8" Chrome tablets yet and likely won't be for a while. Thankfully there are still some good options for Android tablets on the market — just a few months ago we gave Huawei's MediaPad M5 series the title of "the best all-around Android tablets you can buy." Now, in the week running up to Thanksgiving in the US, you can buy the MediaPad M5 10.8" and 8.4" for less than usual.

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Huawei Mate 20 review: One of the best phones the US is missing out on

Huawei's Mate 20 Pro might take the company's ultimate flagship title this generation, but the slightly lower-end Mate 20 is still a phone worth considering with its own strengths. It swaps a 1440p OLED display for a 1080p IPS panel, drops camera resolutions, and loses both the in-display fingerprint sensor and laser-based facial recognition. Still, for 20% less you get plenty of phone, arguably a more attractive design, and one of the best cameras in the world of Android.

Unfortunately for most of our readers, it isn't coming to the US.

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Possible Google phone codenames Bonito and Sargo pop up in latest ARCore update [APK Teardown]

ARCore updates generally just bring support to a set of both old and new Android devices, but every once in a while we're treated to something pretty unexpected. In the latest version, new profiles can be found for one, or maybe even two currently unreleased Google devices. The first of these devices bares the Bonito name, originally expected to be a mid-range Pixel phone. There's also a brand new fish-themed codename that may represent an entirely new device: Sargo.

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[Update: Moto 360 models, too] Huawei Watch 1 and 2 Wear OS v2.17 update brings speed improvements, UI refresh

The first Huawei Watch has long been held up as a prime example of a Wear OS device, while its successor, the Huawei Watch 2, didn't fare so well with critics. Both, however, benefit from a surprisingly active joint community of fans that are eager for all the latest updates. Android Police's tips inbox lit up with a flurry of activity when new UI changes courtesy of Wear OS v2.17 began to roll out over the past day, with users reporting that their devices now felt much smoother and faster.

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