Huawei Granted Temporary Reprieve…

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Following on from our news story yesterday, The Department of Commerce has announced a 90 day reprieve to an import ban against Huawei. The company now has a Temporary General License to engage with U.S. vendors on a limited basis — in this case, Google will be allowed to provide software updates to Huawei for its Android phones while Huawei’s component suppliers will be able to finish deliveries for previously-made orders. It will also give telcos dependent on Huawei products time to potentially find alternative solutions.

This period of grace allows Huawei time to source alternative sources for its US made components. Huawei spent $11 billion last year to procure them. Nikkei reports that Huawei has built a stockpile of US sourced components, these it predicts will last up to 12 months.

More on this story as it develops…

I’ll be reporting live at the Honor Global Launch today at Battersea Evolution today, where we are expecting two phones to be announced, the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro … news to follow.

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Huawei Announcement Regarding Google’s Blacklisting

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I am looking forward to attending the global launch of the brand new HONOR 20 Series at Battersea Evolution, London, SW8 tomorrow afternoon. HONOR are Huawei’s sub-brand and I was saddened this morning to read, in conjunction with my press invitation, a notice from Google cutting Huawei’s access to key Android apps and services following the United States’ move to blacklist the tech company. Essentially, Google has ceased to provide software and support to Huawei as part of President Trump’s blacklisting of the company and affiliates.

So, what does this mean if you own, at the least, one of the 59 million Huawei or Honor smartphones shipped in the first quarter of 2019? Well, you will still be able to use your smartphone, it means that Huawei has to supply its own updates from SOSP to the version of Android running on its phones, rather than Google’s updates. It does this anyway, for its own domestic market in China. But it does mean that any new additions Google make to Android via their Google Play Services framework, will no longer be available to Huawei for its western phones.

Huawei apparently were not taken by surprise by this announcement and are said to have had a Plan B in place for a while, which includes working on its own operating system, they already have this in place in their smartwatches.

But this is an extremely bad day for Huawei, not only for their smartphones but also to their computer business…watch this space for further updates…

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Huawei Presents the First Ever AI Driven Fashion Collection

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Huawei, the global technology leader, has today launched “Fashion Flair”, a new smartphone based approach to fashion design that combines the power of smartphone Artificial Intelligence (AI) with creative human flair to generate unique fashion designs of any style. To support the launch of “Fashion Flair”, Huawei partnered with Anna Yang, Creative Director and founder of fashion label ANNAKIKI, to undertake and complete the world’s first 20 piece fashion collection. The collection was unveiled at the iconic superStudio+ in Milan on 9th May 2019.

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Mobile Photography – Huawei P30 Pro Review

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Huawei’s new Android smartphone is aimed at photography buffs and features a new tri-camera array, or quad-camera, if you include the separate ToF (Time of Flight) sensor that’s used to measure the subject/object distance for AF and the faux-bokeh effects.

We were able to get a P30 Pro in for a closer look.

The Huawei P30 Pro continues its association with the German high-end photo brand Leica, and it’s not just a licensing deal. It is according to Leica a synergistic effort, it’s been designed from scratch; it is not the same triple-camera array as found on the P20 Pro.

Before delving into the camera spec’s, impressive as they are, it’s worth mentioning a little bit about the device itself.

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Huawei Announces 5G Folding Smartphone with New Folding Screen

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This week, it is the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, Spain, a four day showcase for the manufacturers of smartphones to announce and promote their new devices. Last week Samsung of course announced their new folding smartphone, the Galaxy Fold and yesterday, Huawei announced theirs. It is called the Mate X and I cannot wait to test this incredible device.

Richard Yu, is the CEO of Huawei and having watched several of his live performances, I know it’s always very exciting. Yu, contemplated the question ““How can we bring the more big innovation to this smartphone industry?” and to be honest, I completely understand. Huawei products are really very good. The Mate X will sell for $2,600 and it goes on sale around summer time this year. That’s actually more than Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, which is priced at $2,000.

What’s really interesting about the Huawei Mate 10 is the way the screen wraps around the outside of the device, rather than fold inside when it’s closed. This excites me, a lot. Yu explained that Huawei engineers spent almost three years perfectly the Mate 10 hinge, so it doesn’t leave a gap when closed.

I am fully aware of the cloud hanging over Huawei and I only hope it lifts soon, because once you experience their products, you will completely support my view on their innovation, it’s incredibly exciting.

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Mobile Photography/Art Pic of the Day (995) via Instagram

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Here’s day nine hundred and ninety five of our mobile photography/art Pic of the Day section via Instagram. Each day we select one image a day for our Pic of the Day section on Instagram, with this hashtag #theappwhisperer.

To ensure your image receives our attention, please upload it to Instagram with this hashtag #theappwhisperer.

Today, we congratulate @luison with this image, untitled.

To view more of his work, please go here

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HUAWEI Tempts Us Again – The New P30 Series

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I am very excited to be jetting off to Paris again soon for the very exciting announcement of the brand new Huawei P30 series. It promises to be better than ever.

I’ll be reporting live from Paris at this event, so stayed tuned for more news to follow.

Yesterday, Samsung announced their new smartphones (we’ll be posting on this shortly), but it is clear to see that their products are retailing at phenomenal prices, on a par with Apple and clearly the public are holding onto their handsets for longer. Huawei have a different approach and it is incredibly exciting – #REWRITETHERULES

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Mobile Photography – Huawei Announces Winners of £10,000 New Working Order

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Huawei, the world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer, today announced the winners of its New Working Order Bursary campaign – a £10,000 cash injection prize fund to help three young professionals within Generation Z take their passion projects to the next level. Lewis Hornby, Uma Dassaye and Sam Marchant have been named the overall winners of the competition, receiving a £10,000 cash prize each.

The ‘New Working Order’ Bursary was launched in conjunction with research from Dr. Chris Brauer at Goldsmiths, University of London, which revealed that Generation Z are more likely to be motivated by job satisfaction and working for the social good than by money. It also revealed that Generation Z have a strong self-starter mentality – with over half (52%) saying that they already have a passion project on the side.

For a chance to win the cash prize, Huawei asked entrants to explain in 500 words what their passions were and how they would use the bursary to help them achieve their ambitions. Over 630 entries were received, which were judged by Huawei’s New Working Order panel: Radio 1 DJ and podcaster Alice Levine, World Football Freestyle Champion Andrew Henderson and fashion blogger and influencer Freddie Harrel. Three runners-up were also awarded a Mate 20 Pro smartphone to help them unlock their potential and get their ideas off the ground. Justin Costello, Head of Marketing, Huawei UK & Ireland said: “As technology rapidly changes the way that we live, work and play, Generation Z are increasingly turning passions into pounds and exploring multiple skill-sets to build custom careers that are bespoke to them. The entries we received for our New Working Order Bursary campaign were truly inspirational, revealing the far-reaching ambitions of Generation Z in the UK. At Huawei, we believe that technology has the power to make anything possible, and therefore hope that our bursaries will both enable and support our talented winners as they pursue their passions in 2019 and beyond.” Alice Levine, Radio 1 DJ and podcaster commented: “I’m really thrilled to be involved in this project – Gen Z are such an exciting generation full of creativity and ideas, and it’s so important to empower them to bring their passions to life. For me, working on multiple projects was the logical thing to do – like so many people, I’m interested in many things; I’m in to food, I love presenting, music, comedy – and I want them all to feature in my working life somehow. It was less a grand decision to shake up my career, and more a necessity to work on things I am passionate about.”

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Huawei Launches New Huawei P Smart 2019 Smartphone

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Huawei, the world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer, announced on December 28, 2018 the launch of the Huawei P smart 2019. Featuring an expansive Huawei Dewdrop Display, as well as a new and more powerful octa-core chipset Kirin 710, Huawei P smart 2019 delivers the quality user experience that the Huawei P smart Series is known for, together with high performance AI cameras both in the front and rear of the all-round smartphone.

Originally launched in 2017, the P smart is a midmarket device targeting young consumers seeking an affordable, high quality user experience. The 2019 edition improves upon every aspect of its predecessor, incorporating some of the latest technologies and designs to deliver a more sophisticated experience that caters to the dynamic needs of today’s consumers.

Justin Costello, Head of Marketing, Huawei UK & Ireland commented: “Huawei’s devices truly disrupted the smartphone arena in 2018, making us the fastest growing smartphone brand in the UK and the second biggest globally. With its outstanding AI, photography and performance capabilities, the Huawei P Smart 2019 delivers a superior smartphone experience at an accessible price point. We look forward to launching the device in the UK next month, in what is set to be the start of an even more ambitious year for our brand.”

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Huawei Mate20 Pro Celebration in London

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On Tuesday 16 October, 2018 Huawei announced their latest smartphone the Mate20 Pro, we covered it here. Following the press event the star studded party was something else! Huawei held a celebration for the launch of the highly anticipated Mate 20 Pro smartphone. The star-studded bash was attended by a raft of celebrity talent eager to be part of the smartphone moment of the year.

Radio and television presenter Nick Grimshaw brought the house down with his electric DJ set with model-come-DJ, Amber Le Bon warming up the crowd as they interacted with Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro at London’s prestigious One Marylebone.

The event, which marked the launch of Huawei’s latest product in its successful Mate smartphone series, was attended by a host of celebrities including British singer songwriter, Charli XCX as well as Henry Holland, Ashley James, Thom Evans, Jamel Edwards, Kimberley Wyatt and Tallia Storm who came down to be amongst the first to get their hands on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

Check out the video below

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