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For most Android phone manufacturers, be frozen out by Google would be the death knell for business. And for most companies, period, being blacklisted by the United States government wouldn't just be the nail in the coffin, it would be the funeral march and the wreath on top. 

Not so for Huawei, which has actually seen growth despite its very public battle with the Trump administration. Indeed, it's likely that the US President's apparent crusade against the brand has only increased its popularity in foreign markets – including the company's China home , where the Chinese government itself is supporting Huawei's efforts to strike back against the American action.

Chinese state media was the first to break the news that Huawei was developing its own operating system to circumvent the need for Google's support. It seems that America's attempt to curtail Huawei's growth by cutting off its access to Android might have the net result of making the brand even more powerful…

Huawei Mate X II

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The company hasn't even had its first serve yet, but it's already readying its backhand volley in the folding camera phone stakes, according to a recent patent registration.

While the screen on the original Mate X faces outwards when folded, the display on the Huawei Mate X II faces inwards – folding like a book and offering more protection when the device is in your pocket or bag.

The design boasts a secondary front screen to enable you to instantly check your notifications without having to open the phone. Food for thought, or the next phase of Mate X evolution?

Huawei phone with under screen camera

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It's recently been revealed that Huawei has been working on a camera phone with an under-screen camera, which would erase the need for the traditional punch-hole notch on the selfie screen that most camera phones use. Huawei is far from the only manufacturer that's working on this exciting concept, as the concept of under-screen cameras has been explored by other manufacturers as well.

This latest news comes from two patent applications that were recently approved, via Let's Go Digital. These patents were filed in October 2019, but were only published on 2 June 2020. These patents each have seven product images of the same unannounced Huawei camera phone, with the only notable difference being the rear camera unit. One of the patents show a typical vertical bar, while the other has a more interesting circular camera unit


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Announced in retort to the aforementioned situation with the Trump administration, Huawei's HarmonyOS is the company's cross-device operating system that could, in theory, compete directly with Android and iOS – while also working across many more device categories.

With the company's new smartphones like the Huawei P30 Pro sporting a Harmony OS Kernel already, they will be able to create next-generation proprietary experiences as soon as the OS is rolled out. 

Fascinatingly, the OS isn't limited to phones or smart TVs (where the tech is set to debut, on the Honor TV) – in theory there’s no reason we couldn’t expect a HarmonyOS-powered DSLR, too, especially given the fact that it’s an open-source platform. 

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