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Q&A December 2020: HarmonyOS Mobile, EMUI 11, Google, Honor separation, Huawei P50, U.S ban and more

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In 2020, there are a lot of things that happened in the Huawei world. This includes the launch of various new products and services, as well as challenges that kept increasing in the face of U.S. sanctions.

This year, Huawei introduced two new flagships – Huawei P40 and Mate 40 series, as well as EMUI 10.1 and EMUI 11. At Huawei Developers Conference 2020, the company unveiled HarmonyOS 2.0 also known as Hongmeng OS, laying out its development road map and adaptation process.

On the wearables section, Huawei released new smartwatches – Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro, Watch GT 2e, and Watch Fit, which enhances user experience and how you keep track of your health.

This year, the U.S. continues to imposed new sanctions on the product that Huawei sources from other countries and specifically made with U.S.-made technologies such as chipsets.

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There are only a few weeks left for us to enter in 2021 but ahead of that, there are a few more launches and questions to cover. As recently, we’ve received over 200 hundred questions and queries from Huawei fans that came to us via Mail, Twitter, and Facebook. Some of these answers reflect our own opinions and it’s possible that it may not match everyone else’s.

Let’s start our December 2020 Q&A session:

Q1. Why Huawei is still not allowing Rooting.

A – We don’t have an exact answer to this.

Q2. When Huawei Book will be available in Germany

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A – We don’t have an official confirmation on this matter.

Q3. Will there be a continuous SpO2 measure feature for Watch Fit?

A- Yes, Huawei Watch Fit has an Sp02 monitoring feature but, there’s no confirmation about 24 hours Sp02 monitoring for this Watch.

Q5. Huawei Y9 and Y9 Prime 2019 will get EMUI 11?

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A- According to the official rollout plan, these phones aren’t eligible for EMUI 11.

Q6. Will there be a multi-window mode feature coming to Huawei P20 Pro?

A – No because the multi-window mode feature was introduced with EMUI 10.1 and P20 Pro is not compatible with EMUI 10.1.

HarmonyOS:

Q7. Will Honor smartphones get HarmonyOS update?

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A- Currently, there’s no confirmation on this matter because it’s now an independent company.

Q8. HarmonyOS will support APK installations?

A- We’ll have to wait for official confirmation.

Q9. What’s the launch date of the HarmonyOS mobile beta?

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A- HarmonyOS mobile beta for developers will be introduced on December 16 but its availability is yet to be revealed for general users.

Q10. Which devices will support HarmonyOS?

A- Currently, Huawei has not confirmed information about the HarmonyOS devices but the Chinese tech giant is likely to give this update first to the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) smartphones. You can check our list of expected devices to get HarmonyOS 2.0 upgrade here.

GMS, Sanctions and Chipset:

Q11. Will Huawei be able to use a Snapdragon processor in the Huawei P50 series?

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A- Maybe, because Huawei can still use Kirin 9000 chipset in the Huawei P50 series but we cannot deny the possibility of using the Qualcomm chipset if it gets a license from the U.S. government.

Q12. Do you think new U.S. President Joe Biden will lift sanctions from Huawei?

A- We don’t know.

Q13. Do you think Huawei will get Google Mobile Services (GMS) back?

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A- Yes, if the U.S. provides a license to Google to resume business with Huawei.

Q14. Huawei P40 Lite, P40 Lite 5G, Huawei P30 Pro New Edition, Nova 7i, and Nova 7 SE will get EMUI 11?

A- There is no official information regarding these devices will get EMUI 11 or not but since they’re the latest smartphones their chances for getting EMUI 11 are high.

Q15. When Honor 9X Pro will get EMUI 10

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A – Honor has not confirmed EMUI 10 rollout date for Honor 9X Pro but its Chinese version has received even EMUI 10.1 long ago.

Q16. Can Huawei P50 series use under-display camera technology

A-  No, we don’t think so, but we’ll have to wait to clear the picture.

Q17. Will Huawei P30 devices will receive major future updates?

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A- Currently, Huawei P30 and P30 Pro are running on EMUI 10.1 and it is also a part of EMUI 11 beta testing. Recently, Huawei has released the EMUI 11 stable version for P30 users in China, while global users will get EMUI 11 major upgrades in Q1 of 2021.

Q19. What will happen to Honor phones after Huawei and Honor separated?

A- Now, Honor will work as a separate smartphone company, and older Honor devices likely to remain unaffected by this separation.

Important: Will Huawei Central still cover news regarding Honor smartphones?

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A- Yes, we’ll cover the news regarding Honor but it’ll mostly for existing smartphones that launched before the partition between Huawei and Honor that happened in November 2020 and we can also cover devices that will launch in the coming time.

Note: None of these answers were taken from Huawei.

If you’ve any other questions that we forgot to mention, then put it in the comment section.

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UK banned Huawei because of US Pressure? Here’s something you should know

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There has been a lot of interesting talks going about UK restrictions on Huawei 5G network equipment. And a former UK minister has revealed that the Huawei 5G network equipment and services ban is a result of pressure from the US government.

According to Euractiv, Vince Cable, former Business and industry minister for the UK said that the decision against Huawei has nothing to do with national security. While it has been done due to the American pressure. Although, the UK government has not pushed to hardlines ever since but it’s a huge revealing done by any of the previous government officials.

Huawei runs as the top telecom equipment maker in the global market. However, the Chinese tech maker has achieved this position based on the years of research and development of the respective technologies. However, some of the global markets always remained unfriendly this telecom giant including the US and later on, the UK.

The U.S. has been alleging Huawei for spying on the government agencies and Telecom equipment users and stealing their data on behalf of the Chinese government. However, Huawei has continuously denied these allegations.

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In 2019, the U.S. government took a big action against Huawei and placed it under a strict sanction program called – Entity List. This prohibits the company from purchasing or accessing U.S.-made or technology that is made of US-originated products.

That’s not it, Huawei has found an even tougher situation under the palm of global politics, which is further pushed by the US. The US campaign targeted Huawei and banned urged its ally countries to do the same on their soil. Some of them followed and others denied it.

The ones that followed have the UK in the list. In July 202, UK’s prime minister – Boris Johnson announced that telecom equipment from Huawei will be removed from the country’s 5G infrastructure by 2027 due to the alleged threat to national security. However, the country also failed to prove it on the ground.

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Huawei to sell large capacity battery for renewable energy in Japan

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With the growing demand for renewable energy, large-scale battery storage will be needed to conserve the power for a stable supply. According to NikkeiAsia, Huawei will start selling the large-scale battery system for renewable energy storage in Japan in March 2022.

As per the information, Japan is moving away from fossil fuels and shifting to renewable energy. The nation aims to have renewables account for 36% to 38% of energy generation by 2030. The lack of additional capacity in its power grid makes facilities for temporary storage that much more important.

However, Huawei is already a supplier of the small household battery system in Japan. Now, the Chinese tech maker will purchase small battery packs from CATL and bundle them into shipping container-sized units that can each store 2,000 kilowatt-hours of energy — roughly 200 times as much as a standard home battery.

Also, the container capacity can be adjusted based on the buyer’s needs. To be mentioned, Huawei is stepping its feet in the renewable power storage system sector, which is also already occupied by Tesla. Since last year, Tesla has been selling its own large battery system in Japan.

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According to the research firm Fuji Keizai, the Japanese market for battery storage for solar and wind power to grow from an estimated 16.7 billion yen ($146 million) in 2020 to 45.8 billion yen in 2030.

Moreover, Huawei’s Japanese arm is eyeing the Hokkaido market, where there is much potential for renewable energy generation but a lack of spare grid capacity. Also, Huawei Japan President James Chen said that “rapid development in solar power technology and cost reduction” in Japan.

On the other hand, Tesla has already installed its first Megapack in Japan last April at a research facility in Ibaraki Prefecture run by Takasago Thermal Engineering. The system controls power flows from solar and biomass gasification facilities there.

This summer season, it is ready to start up a Megapack in Hokkaido connected directly to the transmission grid, to be operated by emerging power provider Global Engineering. However, Japan Renewable Energy, a power company recently acquired by oil wholesaler Eneos Holdings, has said it is using a Tesla battery system in a demonstration project.

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About Japan:

Japan has its own producers of large battery systems, such as NGK Insulators and Sumitomo Electric Industries that deliver dozens per year to customers inside and outside Japan.

But the Power companies including Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings, and trading houses such as Sumitomo Corp. and Marubeni are looking forward for commercialize large storage systems made up of linked auto batteries.

Cost Advantage:

Tesla Japan is expected to sell its systems for $440 per kWh or less, and Huawei aims to be competitive with that price. Meanwhile, an executive at an emerging power company Japan said “When we get batteries, we pick the company with the lowest cost,” that is involved in renewable energy.

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Huawei and China Unicom achieves new breakthrough in 5G super uplink technology

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Huawei and China Unicom have recently adapted 5G super uplink “cross-site” flexible pairing technology for the first time in the industry. This triggered the first to use, large-scale commercial use of the entire network system.

Also, the latest collaboration between Huawei and China Unicom further strengthens the cooperation between two firms and promotes the joint operation of the 5G network and technology as well as efficiently promotes the development of the 5G super uplink industry.

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5G Super Uplink:

With 5G super uplink “cross-site” flexible pairing technology, the optimal super uplink pairing between a TDD (Time Division Duplex) cell and a nearby FDD (Frequency Division Duplex) cell can be achieved, which can effectively improve 5G The effective ratio of super uplink users improves 5G network coverage and user experience.

Tests on the live network show that Guangzhou Unicom adopts the 5G super uplink “cross-site” flexible pairing technology, which increases the uplink coverage of edge users by an average of 5dB.

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As a result, the experience of users with effective super uplink has been greatly improved. The proportion of low-rate experience of super uplink users on the entire network has been reduced from 15% to 3%, and the corresponding 5G traffic has also increased by 5 – 10%.

Guangzhou, as the “capital of live broadcast e-commerce”, ranks among the top in the country for live broadcast e-commerce. The proportion of 5G video application traffic is around 60%, and applications such as live broadcast, online meetings, online courses, high-definition pictures and large file uploads are becoming more and more popular.

The large-scale deployment of 5G Super Uplink will bring the coverage and capacity improvement at the edge of the network, which will enable China Unicom Super Uplink users to enter the 1080p Full HD and 4K Ultra HD era for their uplink video experience, and continue to meet users’ growing uplink service experience and requirements.

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