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OpenKirin brings stock Android to Huawei and Honor devices

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Huawei P20 Series

OpenKirin is a fresh project that supports 17 handsets and tablets with EMUI 8, the only problem with it being that Huawei plans to shut down its bootloader unlock service in less than a month.

The aim of this project is to help the users of these Huawei and Honor devices to easily flash a stock Android ROM instead of the custom interface developed by the Chinese company that some might not enjoy.

The list of supported devices includes budget ones like the Honor 6X and the Huawei P10 Lite, but goes all the way up to the high-end devices such as the Honor View 10 and the Huawei Mate 10 Pro.


To make it all even better, OpenKirin does not simply support Google’s stock Android images. The ROMs supported at this time are the well-known LineageOS, CarbonROM, and Resurrection Remix OS.

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Returning to the supported devices, we should also mention the MediaPad M5 and MediaPad M5 Pro tablets. To get started with the whole OpenKirin flashing ordeal, you should request a bootloader unlock code from Huawei — and be sure to do this before July 22, the day when the service is supposed to go down. After unlocking the bootloader, everything should go smoothly.

The OpenKirin installation instructions are available on this page.


After July 22, we will probably hear about non-official methods to unlock the bootloader of Huawei and Honor devices, but until that happens, the best thing to do would be to take advantage of the official bootloader unlocking method.

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Most of Deng Li's smartphones are from the Huawei ecosystem and his first Huawei phone was Ascend Mate 2 (4G). As a tech enthusiast, he keeps exploring new technologies and inspects them closely. Apart from the technology world, he takes care of his garden.

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Huawei grabs half of China’s foldable smartphone market share

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Huawei is preparing to launch Mate X3 and the last quarter result reveals that the company is leading this foldable smartphone market acquiring almost half of the overall share.

According to IDC, Huawei remained the largest foldable smartphone seller in China with a market share of 47.4% in the fourth quarter of 2022, which is half of the entire country.

Data compiled by the market tracker shows that China’s shipments of foldable display mobile exceeded 1.1 million units, a new high, and the annual shipments were nearly 3.3 million units, a year-on-year increase of 118%.

Huawei half foldable smartphone Q4 2022 IDC

Despite Huawei not featuring a 5G network, customers continue to select Huawei smartphones. For the time being, Huawei Mate Xs 2 is the only smartphone to come bring satellite communication features.

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Last year, Huawei unveiled low priced Pocket S flip style device, the phone is compact and portable after folding. It is an exquisite device, with richer and fresher Color matching is more popular with young people peoples.

Currently, Huawei is the only company in the industry that has three foldable mechanisms: Inward, outward, and vertical foldable. As of now, the Chinese tech maker has launched six generations of folding-screen smartphones.

More on this, Samsung ranks second with 16.5% of the market share. OPPO takes 13.8% of the market share for the third place. Vivo is fourth, with a market share of 7.7%, Honor and Xiaomi are ranked fifth and sixth respectively, with similar shares.

(via – Sina Tech)

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Honor Magic 5 series launching on February 27

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Honor Magic 5 series February 27

Today, Honor has officially confirmed the launch date of the Magic 5 series flagship for February 27 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2023.

Honor wrote, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from Magic.”

According to the information, the Honor Magic 5 series will be accompanied by Magic Vs on February 27 at 1:30 PM (CET). Honor has decided to unveil this upcoming Honor lineup at MWC Barcelona, which is a good decision.

Honor Magic 5 series February 27

Inspecting the promo image, the Honor Magic5 series will come with a triangle-shaped camera system that is new to the smartphone lineup.

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Past inputs reveal that Honor Magic 5 series comes with 100x zoom, achieved by a periscope camera system. On the other hand, it sports a flagship BOE screen and will be the first time Honor will use it.

He said that Honor Magic 5 would be lighter in design and IP68 dustproof and waterproof, which are the standards of a flagship device.

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Honor gets massive growth in China, inches closer to top spot

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Huawei’s former subsidiary, Honor is leading ahead of the former parent company and it’s the only phone maker that made growth in the Q4 of 2022 in China.

According to the data compiled by IDC, Honor achieved an 18.1% percent market share in Q4 2022 with a massive 34.4% year-over-year growth. While Honor’s market share was 11.7% in the same quarter in 2021.

Within a year, Honor made rapid progress, and the Chinese company continue to launch new devices among customers such as the Honor 80 series.

“Honor was the only Top 5 player that achieved growth in 2022 due to a low comparison base year and its aggressive product portfolio development.” wrote IDC.

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Other companies on the chart include Vivo, which was only inches away to lose the top spot to Honor. Vivo collected an 18.6% market share, it is reduced from 21.5% in 2021 with a -25.1 percent decline. Third comes oppo with a 16.8% market share and -28.2% YOY decline. Fourth is Apple with a 16.8% share and -a 4.4% decline.

Honor growth China Q4 2022 IDC

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Honor is introducing new devices among consumers, which are actively contributing to its sales.

In the third quarter of 2022, Honor had 17.9% of the market share. This result is featured with the sale of the Honor 70 series. With its extremely attractive appearance and good performance optimization, the X40 series has quickly become a “popular” product since its launch.

Meanwhile, other products continue to become important choices for the entry-level market. At the same time, the flagship Magic 4 series has made great efforts in the commercial market and won some government procurement orders.

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China’s smartphone market:

Other than Honor, China’s smartphone is running record low, according to the market tracker, 285.8 million smartphones shipped in China in 2022, down 13.2% year-on-year (YoY) to below the 300 million mark for the first time in ten years. In 4Q22, the market declined 12.6% YoY to 72.9 million units.

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