Huawei may build its own OS as alternative to Android

Huawei may be riding high on the launch of the P20 Pro this year thanks to its impressive three rear cameras, but not every aspect of 2018 is going all that well.

The company is not gaining traction with the wireless market in the United States as it originally intended, and it was reported recently that Huawei is also under criminal investigation in relation to violating certain sanctions tied to Iran. We saw a similar situation set in with another Chinese smartphone manufacturer, ZTE, where that company is facing a future where it may have its Android license revoked.

That may be a future for Huawei as well, depending on how the aforementioned criminal investigation goes and consequences made from it. However, Huawei may be working on a backup plan. Specifically, the company may be in the process of building its own mobile operating system as an alternative to Google’s Android.

The latest news comes from sources speaking with the South China Morning Post, which say that Huawei’s OS has actually been in the works since 2012. That’s when both Huawei and ZTE were initially investigated by the United States government, so it sounds like both companies were planning for worst-case scenarios.

One of the sources speaking with the publication says the Huawei alternative isn’t “as good” as Android and that there is very little support from third-party app developers. Huawei said that it “has no plans to release its own OS in the foreseeable future” when asked about the option of a proprietary mobile OS.

It isn’t a surprise to hear that Android would be a better OS at this point or have more third-party app support. Still, Huawei and ZTE may be forced to move to their own mobile operating systems soon, which means they’ll have to try to boost their own OS options soon.

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We’re giving away a Huawei Mate 10 Pro for Mother’s Day!

Android and Me and Huawei have teamed up to bring our readers a GSM unlocked Huawei Mate 10 Pro for Mother’s Day! Whether your mom needs a new phone or you want a new one for yourself, be sure to join in on this giveaway!

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro features an HDR10-compliant 6-inch 18:9 1080p AMOLED display, a Kirin 970 processor with AI core, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 20MP + 12MP dual Leica camera system on the rear, IP67 water resistance, and a big 4,000mAh battery. It has Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with EMUI 8.0 on top. We reviewed the device and found it to be a fantastic flagship with a ridiculously good camera.

A few unique features of the device are the ability to recognize various scenes with the camera and adjust settings accordingly, a full desktop mode via a generic USB Type-C to HDMI adapter, and an included clear case.

If you want to win one, check out the widget below! The contest ends on Sunday, May 6 at midnight and is limited to the USA. And even if you don’t win, Huawei will be discounting the device for Mother’s Day. You can get one for $649.99 ($150 off) from May 6 to May 19 from Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg, and B&H.

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LG G6 ThinQ will feature a built-in ‘Boombox Speaker’

We are only a couple of days away from LG officially announcing its newest flagship smartphone, the G7 ThinQ. But the company isn’t quite done teasing some of the more noteworthy features of the handset.

Over the weekend, the Life’s Good crew sent out a press release teasing one of the features that the company hopes will make the G7 ThinQ stand out against the competition. It’s called a “Boombox Speaker”, and LG says it will make the smartphone up to ten times louder then the competition. LG also says the Boombox Speaker will “increase the base sound level by more than 6dB with twice the amount of bass”.

The BoomBox Speaker will amplify the bass even more when you set the G7 ThinQ down on a solid surface. The company was able to add this feature thanks to a special resonance chamber design. As you can see from the attached image, LG seems to be teasing that the feature will also be taking advantage of the entire body of the phone in some way or another, but obviously it’s keeping the finer details of the process a secret for now.

If that isn’t enough, the G7 ThinQ is going to keep around the Hi-Fi Quad DAC, which will improve the overall sound quality while listening to music via connected headphones. And LG is even tossing in support for DTS:X, which is a first for smartphones. This means G7 ThinQ owners will be able to experience 3D 7.1 surround sound.

So, what do you make of the G7 ThinQ so far? Is this handset on your radar at all?

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Poweramp v3 beta shows off a complete redesign of the classic music player

In the early days of Android, it was tough to find a good music player. Let's face facts—Android itself was pretty ugly, and developers didn't have the best tools. However, Poweramp offered a slick UI (for the time) and ample features. The app has fallen by the wayside over time, but there's a new beta build that gives Poweramp a much-needed fresh coat of paint.

As you can probably tell from the screens, this app is totally redesigned.

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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: Monkey, Google Tasks

Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the five most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are ones that are most likely new and haven’t appeared in the top five list more than three times.

1.  Google Tasks


Google Tasks

App info: Get more done with the Google Tasks mobile app. Manage, capture, and edit your tasks from anywhere, at anytime, with to-dos that sync across all your devices. Integrations with Gmail and Google Calendar help you get tasks done—faster. 


2. Audiobook Reader – Turn any eBook into an Audiobook


Audiobook Reader

App info: Introducing the Good e-Reader Audiobook Reader that turns any eBook into an audiobook! This is the first Android app in the world that forgoes the standard text to speech engine and employs Amazon Polly, which is what Alexa is built on.


3. OnePlus Gestures


OnePlus Gestures

App info: “Gesture control” is the next big thing. The “iPhone X” has it, “OnePlus” adapted it and it looks like that “Android P” will also add a “Gesture Control” thing. For sure many other oem’s like “Samsung”, “Huawei”, “Motorola” or “LG” will also adapt it in the near future. 


4. Monkey



App info: How to meet new people on Monkey: Accept a video chat. Talk for 15 seconds. If you’re both feeling a vibe, add time. If the vibe feeling isn’t mutual, don’t. Repeat with someone new.


5. Opera Touch


Opera Touch

App info: When you start Opera Touch, the browser is instantly ready to find things on the web. Just start typing or use voice search. When you have found a QR code, simply use the app to scan it and go to the website it links to. You can also use Opera Touch to scan a barcode on a product and to look it up online. 


Note:  To ensure that all apps receive a fair chance to make the list, we will retire any app that has made the list for three consecutive weeks and identified with an * after the name.

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Update Notes for Android Auto, Photos, Tasks, Play Music, Maps, and more (April 30, 2018)

Every week, I examine somewhere in the neighborhood of a hundred app updates while looking for changes. The most interesting things turn into APK Teardowns or Download posts. Many of the remaining updates are unremarkable, amounting to a few bug fixes, routine updates to libraries, or even just pixel-level adjustments to layouts and images. However, there are usually a few updates that land somewhere in between. I don't want to spam readers with dozens of short posts, but I hate to ignore things that people might want to know about, so I'm going to wrap up the leftovers for a little weekend reading and call it Update Notes.

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Update Notes for Android Auto, Photos, Tasks, Play Music, Maps, and more (April 30, 2018) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Android P notifications could be getting new remind, send, and snooze actions

Notifications on Android became a lot more powerful last year when Oreo added the ability to snooze them. You can set them to reappear 15mins, 30mins, 1hr, or 2hrs later — which is incredibly useful. Before, I found myself leaving notifications lying around in my tray for hours so I wouldn't forget to action them. Snoozing lets you get them out of the way until you need them.

Thanks to a new screenshot added to the private Play Store listing for Google's smart response app Reply, it looks like notifications in Android P are going to have even more control options.

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Facebook's Messenger Kids gets a sleep mode

Facebook recently released Messenger Kids, an app designed for privacy-conscientious parents who want a safe way to let their kids chat with friends online. Messenger Kids provides a way of doing so, offering an adult full control over a child's contact list and who they can talk to, all without having to create a full-fledged Facebook account. An update to the app finally addresses a concern that parents have had until now: being able to manage when their kids can access the service.

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T-Mobile and Sprint have reached a deal to merge

It has felt like it might not ever happen, despite the fact that both T-Mobile and Sprint have worked so hard for it. But oftentimes effort pays off, and now the Un-carrier and Now Network are officially announcing a plan to merge.

Sprint and T-Mobile made the joint announcement on Sunday, confirming that both companies have agreed on terms to merge the two entities into one wireless carrier. That new company will be called T-Mobile, and it will be based out of Bellevue, Washington. John Legere, the current CEO of T-Mobile, will be retained as CEO, while the Un-carrier’s COO, Mike Sievert, will be sticking around as the new T-Mobile’s COO and President.

Marcelo Claure, the CEO of Sprint, as well as Masayoshi Son, the CEO of Sprint’s parent company, SoftBank, will be joining the new company’s board. Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile’s parent company, will hold 42 percent stake in the new company, while SoftBank will hold 27%.

While the two companies have finally come to terms on the merge, they still need to win over the shareholders, and wait for regulators in the United States to confirm or deny the merger. It’s still possible this doesn’t go through.

The new T-Mobile will be putting an even bigger focus on 5G wireless technologies, while also opening up new job opportunities in the U.S., and “greater economies of scale”. Legere says that the new T-Mobile will drive even more competition, lower prices, and much more as it takes on Verizon and AT&T.

What do you think of the planned merger?

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YouTube v13.16 may be preparing “Red” rebrand to “Premium” and urging binge watchers to take a break [APK Teardown]

YouTube may officially hold the crown for different service names, as long as you count the ones that appeared and never seem to launch. When the YouTube Red name first turned up, everybody was rightfully skeptical, but it turned out to be the ultimate replacement for the "Music Key" subscription. In just the last few months, we've seen the names PlusPremiere, and Remix pop up, but none have yet to evolve into a final name.

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YouTube v13.16 may be preparing “Red” rebrand to “Premium” and urging binge watchers to take a break [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google app v8.1 beta adds 'At a glance' widget, hints at adding penalties to floating sports scores, and more [APK Teardown]

Google has been pumping out significant updates pretty fast recently, likely as the finishing touches are put down on new features that will be cut loose in a couple of weeks during I/O. The latest update brings with it the 'At a glance' widget that debuted in the Pixel Launcher, making it available to many more devices and in different launchers. We've also got a few small topics to cover in a teardown.

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Google app v8.1 beta adds 'At a glance' widget, hints at adding penalties to floating sports scores, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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23 temporarily free and 33 on-sale apps to get the weekend started

The last week of April is finally nearing its end, so we have one more round of app sales to get through before the weekend starts. Today's list is smaller, kind of like Wednesday's, with a few noteworthy items. You will find those in bold. Otherwise, enjoy your weekend and I'll be back again next week to finish off April.



  1. SnapShot - Screenshots Pro $1.49 -> Free; 4 hours
  2. Earth HD Deluxe Edition $0.99 -> Free; 2 days
  3. 0Quotes $0.99 -> Free; 3 days
  4. Music Player Pro $0.99 -> Free; 6 days
  5. Smart Touch (Pro - No ads) $1.49 -> Free; 7 days


  1. Game Studio Tycoon 2 $2.99 -> Free; 1 day
  2. Zombie City Defense 2 $1.99 -> Free; 2 days
  3. Adventure of Priestess $0.99 -> Free; 3 days
  4. Naval Warfare Korea vs Japan $0.99 -> Free; 3 days
  5. Stereobreak $0.99 -> Free; 4 days
  6. After Days EP1:Shindhupalcholk $0.99 -> Free; 5 days
  7. Mystery of Fortune 2 $0.99 -> Free; 5 days
  8. Adding Fractions Math Trainer $2.49 -> Free; 6 days
  9. Sokoban Land DX $2.99 -> Free; 6 days
  10. WILOO $2.99 -> Free; 6 days
  11. Addition Math Game $2.49 -> Free; 7 days
  12. Shan Gui $0.99 -> Free; 7 days

Icon packs & customization

  1. S8-UI Note 8Launcher Icon Pack- Nova, Apex, Action $0.99 -> Free; 1 day
  2. Odici - Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; 4 days
  3. Agos - Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; 5 days
  4. Voger - Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; 5 days
  5. Bolabo - Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; 6 days
  6. Mangis Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; 6 days



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23 temporarily free and 33 on-sale apps to get the weekend started was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Facebook’s Messenger Kids is getting a sleep mode

Not too long ago, Facebook launched a kids version of its mega popular Messenger app. It’s designed for kids between six and 12 years old, and it provides text chat and support for video calls. The app already has some built-in tools for parents, including giving them the ability to control their child’s contact list. Now Facebook is adding one more.

Announced on Friday, Facebook is adding a sleep mode to Messenger Kids. This will give parents more control over how much access their kid has to the app.

The new sleep mode will allow parents to set predetermined times that Messenger Kids cannot be used, whether that’s a blocked out time for homework, during the night, or other times decided upon by the guardian. The app looks pretty easy, giving the ability to choose a week day or weekend along with a time to start and stop sleep mode. It can be found within the parental control panel.

As far as what happens when sleep mode is activated, the app won’t deliver notifications, kids won’t be able to send or receive messages, and they won’t be able to access the app’s camera functionality, either. If a kid does try to open the app, it will let them know it’s currently in sleep mode and refuse access.

What do you think of the idea of Messenger Kids in general?

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Nintendo and Cygames have partnered to release a new RPG titled 'Dragalia Lost Read'

Nintendo hasn't released a new game on Android since Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp landed in November 2017. Well, I'm excited to report that I finally some news on this front. Nintendo and Cygames have announced a new mobile RPG for Android. It's called Dragalia Lost Read. The initial release will take place in Asia this summer, and there should be a worldwide launch sometime after that.

Details are still light, though it is pretty interesting that DeNa has nothing to do with this upcoming release.

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Google Duo v33 hints at read receipts and three levels of bokeh effect [APK Teardown]

While we await the imminent rollout of the screen sharing feature we've been watching for a few months, a new version of Duo is rolling out with even more clues about upcoming changes. There haven't been any immediately obvious changes going live in this update, but a teardown points to a couple of enhancements. The first will be read receipts for video and audio messages sent through Duo. The second set of clues point to three different levels for the upcoming bokeh effect.

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Google Duo v33 hints at read receipts and three levels of bokeh effect [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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LG G6 update to Android 8.0 Oreo begins on April 30

While LG is trying to drum up attention for the upcoming G7 ThinQ, it isn’t forgetting about the upcoming flagship’s predecessor.

Today the Life’s Good crew announced that it will begin updating the G6 to Android 8.0 Oreo beginning on Monday, April 30. The new update will make landfall in South Korea first, and owners there will have a couple of options to upgrade their smartphone. They can download and install the over the air (OTA) update or they can plug their phone into their computer and use LG Bridge to update directly.

The standard Android Oreo features will be added to G6, including picture-in-picture support. LG also confirmed that the artificial intelligence features tied to the camera that were introduced with the LG V30S ThinQ will be available on the G6 once the new software is installed.

Unfortunately, while LG is ready to launch the update in South Korea, the company isn’t going on the record as to when the Android 8.0 Oreo software will arrive on the G6 in other countries.

Do you own an LG G6? If so, what do you think of the handset, and are you looking forward to your Android Oreo update?

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Honor 7X getting updated to EMUI 8.0 on April 30

If you’re an owner of an Honor 7X, then go ahead and circle April 30 on the calendar, because that’s when you’ll be getting your next major software update.

Honor, the sub-brand of Huawei, has announced that the Honor 7X will be getting updated to EMUI 8.0. The update will begin going out over the air on April 30. Honor is adding plenty of worthwhile features to the 7X with the new update, including a floating navigation dock, “seamless LinkedIn integration”, the ability to link two different Bluetooth devices to the handset at the same time, face unlock, and a recycle bin in the phone’s gallery.

There’s no word on how big the update is, but one would imagine you’ll probably want to be connected to Wi-Fi to download and install once the update arrives.

Do you own an Honor 7X? If this EMUI 8.0 update has you interested in buying one, you can get the affordable Honor 7X right here.

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Take to the skies in 'Still Here... A cute Adventure'

Sometimes it's nice just to sit back and play through a relaxing game on your phone or tablet. No competition, no timers, just a good old fashion single-player experience. In my constant quest to find the best new games on Android, I came across the newly released Still Here... A cute Adventure. It's a beautiful 2D side-scrolling platformer that takes place in a charming dystopian world, and you can grab it today for $3.99.

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YouTube starts suggesting you subscribe to channels you often watch on your homepage

YouTube wants you to keep coming back for more. It's understandable for any service, but more so for one that capitalizes on you watching videos daily and finding more compelling and interesting content all the time. YouTube's homepage often guesses what you're interested in watching (and at least for me, it gets it right), combining new videos from channels you already subscribe to with videos similar to ones you've already seen and timely content you're likely interested in.

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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Reddit, Deezer Music

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we’re going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we’ll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Flipboard – Version 4.1.18



What’s new in this version:

  • Tech on Flipboard Just Got Even Better. One of the most read categories on Flipboard is technology, and today it’s becoming an even more essential destination for tech followers and industry insiders, thanks to a major injection of new content, a faster way to browse the day’s news, a way to share articles with your team, and more.


Files Go by Google - Version 1.0.1918


Files Go by Google

What’s new in this version:

  • Search for files to find files even faster.
  • Remove photos that are already backed up.
  • See duplicates’ locations when deleting duplicate files.
  • Get smarter notifications with higher relevancy.


Reddit - Version 3.0.1


Reddit Official

What’s new in this version:

  • New account drawer for faster account switching
  • Pony and Trees themes are now available
  • AMOLED night mode is now available
  • Updated bottom navigation bar
  • Faster scrolling on the Browse tab (the one with all of your subscriptions)


SwiftKey Keyboard – Version



SwiftKey Keyboard

What’s new in this version:

  • Customize the toolbar by turning features on/off & rearrange them in the order you want.
  • Type in 7 new languages: Aja, Blackfoot, Seychellois Creole, Kazakh (Latin), K’iche’ & Quechua (Southern)
  • Location Sharing works in 24 new countries
  • Emoji panel will now default to the last used tab
  • Fixed
    * SwiftKey won’t crash when creating Photo Themes
    * You can now re-personalize from Gmail and Google+ without it failing


Amazon Kindle – Version


Amazon Kindle

What’s new in this version:

  • A new setting lets you disable the highlight menu so it won’t show when you select text.
  • In-book search now provides autocomplete suggestions based on what you type in the search box.
  • We’ve added free Kindle dictionaries for Arabic.


YouTube Kids - Version 3.27.11


YouTube Kids

What’s new in this version:

  • Introducing kid profiles and a new colorful and exciting look for all kids.


Fabulous: Motivate Me! Meditate, Relax, Sleep - Version


Fabulous Motivate Me!

What’s new in this version:

  • One new superpower for you: Questions and Affirmations. Questions are important in helping you achieve your goals. Asking the right question can help shape your mind and change your behavior.


Zombies, Run! (Free) - Version 7.0-RC4



What’s new in this version:

  • We’ve completely redesigned the app to make it faster, easier, and more fun to use.
  • Did you know you could re-listen to story clips from favourite missions?
  • You could choose precisely how many minutes – or kilometres – a mission should take? Now it’s easier than ever to run your way. 


Deezer Music - Version


Deezer Music

What’s new in this version:

  • Swap and lock
  • Ever had that annoying thing where the cover art doesn’t display properly or the app freezes when you use shortcuts to swap between a bunch of different content? Well, we’ve fixed that.


Google I/O 2018 – Version 6.0.4


Google IO 2018

What’s new in this version:

  • Updated for Google I/O 2018
    • Reserve seats for events ahead of schedule
    • Read important information about the Event, Travel details, and FAQ.


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