I'd happily buy a Huawei .... if:
1) No network cruft
3) able to receive OS updates (whether Android or not)
4) dual SIM.
Huawei reported very little smartphone shipment growth outside Greater China in Q2 due to uncertainty over the US government's trade shenanigans, Gartner has claimed. The world's second largest handset producer reported unit sales of little more than 58 million to retailers and distributors, up 16.3 per cent year-on-year, but …
You might have missed the most important one.
5) Get support for them.
So far my P20 pro has had random crashes.
Pointed to forum - "Development are looking into it"
Huawei Health app has stopped syncing with Myfitnesspal and google fit.
Pointed to forum - "Development are looking into it"
GT Watch not working properly after an update.
Pointed to forum - "Development are looking into it"
Are we seeing a pattern here?
I'm not convinced that Huawei has any non-chinese support outside it's telco switch team.
It certainly sounds like he has a duff phone. My P20 runs flawlessly and I've never had problems with my Watch GT either.
I'd push for them to replace it. When the camera on my daughters Mate 9 Pro got a "dark spot" (heat damage to the sensor from the processor running hot), they simply swapped it out.
On the other hand, when I had an iPhone, it stopped working after 2 days, was sent back to Apple for repair, 2 weeks later it was returned no fault found, stopped working after 2 days, sent back to Apple, 2 weeks later it was returned no fault found, stopped working as I was still in the shop, returned to Apple, 2 weeks later I got a new iPhone. 6 of the first 7 weeks of ownership the phone was by Apple / its repair partner.
Every manufacturer can make duff units, you need to stand firm and get them to sort it out.
Our household has had a few Huawei phones in the past. I've always been impressed with them, though admittedly not so with the short duration of software update support. I even became quite fond of EMUI.
This whole "Huawei ban" from the US still seems like nothing more than protectionism of US businesses (hello, Apple), an attempt to stifle competition by making them out to be the bogeyman whilst providing little in terms of actual evidence.
I'm not due for a change of phone for a while, but when I am, I'll still be looking at Huawei with interest.
The software update depends on the handset - the Honor 9 recently got an update to EMUI 9.1, with July 2019 security patches. That handest has now been out for 2 years.
I'm sure they announced a while back that handsets would get software updates for two years, and security patches for 3 - but can't find the information
that is nothing like long enough, especially when the clock starts ticking when the model is first released, not when the last handset is sold.
Updates should be mandatory for 6 years after the last one is sold retail.
For my next 'phone I'm looking at the cosmo communicator that will run Debian. Secure, no spy-ware and software supported forever.
Way to encourage Huawei to build its own store and do away with you entirely.
You do realize that Huawei does not need you, long term ? I know you're used to everyone coming to you, but you see, in China they have a peculiarity that exists nowhere else : they speak Chinese. Everyone else in the world has some knowledge of English, and you provide translation services to be sure, but China is the one country in the world that will have no trouble writing you off and going their own way.
So you might want to think again before actually giving them a push in that direction.
Huawei already has their own store and has NEVER used any Google services in their phones sold in China.
No Chinese Android OEM is using Google Play, Google Maps, or other Google services. They use AOSP, add their own app store, and use Baidu, WeChat, etc. instead of Google services. Chinese buyers have never been invested in Google services, and no matter what the US does or doesn't do to Huawei that won't change. Google lost that market over half a decade ago.
Actually, until the Chinese government banned and blocked Google, local phones did have some Google services.
And the international versions of all the Chinese OEMs I know of DO use all the Google services.
Lenovo, Huawei, and Xiaomi, being the big three; owned phones from all three, and each had Google installed.
Well necessity is the mother of invention. The more you push a massive company like Huawei, the more likely they are to build something new to compete and potentially beat you. It's a shame these big tech companies can't pool their resources for the greater good really.
Australia’s Competition and Consumer Commission has fined Samsung Electronics AU$14 million ($9.6 million) for making for misleading water resistance claims about 3.1 million smartphones.
The Commission (ACCC) says that between 2016 and 2018 Samsung advertised its Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, A5, A7, S8, S8 Plus and Note 8 smartphones as capable of surviving short submersions in the sea or fresh water.
As it happens The Register attended the Australian launch of the Note 8 and watched on in wonder as it survived a brief dunking and bubbles appeared to emerge from within the device. Your correspondent recalls Samsung claiming that the waterproofing reflected the aim of designing a phone that could handle Australia's outdoors lifestyle.
Samsung has started production of chips using its 3nm fabrication process, beating rival TSMC, which expects to begin making chips with its N3 node generation later this year.
The resultant chips are claimed to reduce power consumption by up to 45 percent and improve performance by up to 23 percent, with further gains promised in a second generation of the process.
Korea's electronics giant said it has started initial production with its 3nm process node, which introduces what the firm calls Multi-Bridge-Channel FET (MBCFET) technology. This is Samsung's version of the Gate-All-Around (GAA) transistor architecture, where the gate material wraps around the conducting channel.
Workers at an Apple Store in Towson, Maryland have voted to form a union, making them the first of the iGiant's retail staff to do so in the United States.
Out of 110 eligible voters, 65 employees voted in support of unionization versus 33 who voted against it. The organizing committee, known as the Coalition of Organized Retail Employees (CORE), has now filed to certify the results with America's National Labor Relations Board. Members joining this first-ever US Apple Store union will be represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).
"I applaud the courage displayed by CORE members at the Apple store in Towson for achieving this historic victory," IAM's international president Robert Martinez Jr said in a statement on Saturday. "They made a huge sacrifice for thousands of Apple employees across the nation who had all eyes on this election."
A crack in Apple's walled garden appeared yesterday as the iPhone vendor opened up an option for alternative in-app payment processing within apps distributed in South Korea.
The commission levied by Apple for in-app transactions, which can be up to 30 percent, has long irked app developers. Epic Games famously went before US courts to protest Apple's rules and lost.
South Korea's lawmakers, however, took matters into their own hands and targeted Google and Apple with a law requiring both to open their app stores to third party payment options. Google made its update at the beginning of the year, effectively cutting its service fee by four percent.
One of Apple's most senior legal executives, whom the iGiant trusted to prevent insider trading, has admitted to insider trading.
Gene Levoff pleaded guilty to six counts of security fraud stemming from a February 2019 complaint, according to a Thursday announcement from the US Department of Justice on Thursday.
Levoff used non-public information about Apple's financial results to inform his trades on Apple stock, earning himself $227,000 and avoiding $377,000 of losses. He was able to access the information as he served as co-chairman of Apple's Disclosure Committee, which reviewed the company's quarterly draft, annual report and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings.
Apple has introduced a game-changer into its upcoming iOS 16 for those who hate CAPTCHAs, in the form of a feature called Automatic Verification.
The feature does exactly what its name alludes to: automatically verifies devices and Apple ID accounts without any action from the user. When iOS 16 ships later this year, it will eliminate the frustrating requirement to select all the stops signs in a photo or decipher a string of characters.
The news was mentioned at Apple's 33rd annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) along with the usual slew of features designed to enhance the functionality of iPhones.
Democrat lawmakers want the FTC to investigate Apple and Google's online ad trackers, which they say amount to unfair and deceptive business practices and pose a privacy and security risk to people using the tech giants' mobile devices.
US Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and House Representative Sara Jacobs (D-CA) requested on Friday that the watchdog launch a probe into Apple and Google, hours before the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, clearing the way for individual states to ban access to abortions.
In the days leading up to the court's action, some of these same lawmakers had also introduced data privacy bills, including a proposal that would make it illegal for data brokers to sell sensitive location and health information of individuals' medical treatment.
Not many people are talking about Apple's recent WWDC from an enterprise standpoint. But identity and machine management tool maker JumpCloud says a "shim" to connect "the login to the device through to the Safari browser" is a notable development.
JumpCloud provides identity services, which is why chief strategy officer Greg Keller zeroed in on the feature, which his company details further in its latest IT trends report.
The result, said Keller, was "an even more powerful login experience into these devices."
A security flaw in Apple's Safari web browser that was patched nine years ago was exploited in the wild again some months ago – a perfect example of a "zombie" vulnerability.
That's a bug that's been patched, but for whatever reason can be abused all over again on up-to-date systems and devices – or a bug closely related to a patched one.
In a write-up this month, Maddie Stone, a top researcher on Google's Project Zero team, shared details of a Safari vulnerability that folks realized in January this year was being exploited in the wild. This remote-code-execution flaw could be abused by a specially crafted website, for example, to run spyware on someone's device when viewed in their browser.
In yet another sign of how fortunes have changed in the semiconductor industry, Taiwanese foundry giant TSMC is expected to surpass Intel in quarterly revenue for the first time.
Wall Street analysts estimate TSMC will grow second-quarter revenue 43 percent quarter-over-quarter to $18.1 billion. Intel, on the other hand, is expected to see sales decline 2 percent sequentially to $17.98 billion in the same period, according to estimates collected by Yahoo Finance.
The potential for TSMC to surpass Intel in quarterly revenue is indicative of how demand has grown for contract chip manufacturing, fueled by companies like Qualcomm, Nvidia, AMD, and Apple who design their own chips and outsource manufacturing to foundries like TSMC.
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