Huaweis Google app loophole: Just keep re-releasing old devices

  • The Huawei P30 Lite, now with a new hat (and more RAM). Huawei
  • The "New Edition" comes in silver. Huawei
  • Here's the camera assembly for the Huawei P30 Pro and… wait, what? Is that a square camera lens? Huawei
  • That under-the-square cover is a mirror, which allows the whole camera assembly to be horizontal. Huawei
  • This gives you an idea of just how much more room Huawei has to work with thanks to the periscope. Huawei
  • There is still a camera bump. Huawei
  • The front design is pretty standard. There's a notch. Huawei
  • The sides of the screen are curved, just like a Samsung phone. Huawei
  • There's no earpiece. Instead, you get a vibrating screen. Huawei
  • Huawei's latest flagship, the P30 Pro. Huawei
  • Here's a crazy case option: this is for scuba diving. Huawei
  • Want to really show off your P30 Pro? How about a Swarovski crystal-encrusted gift box and phone case? Huawei

Huawei is still struggling to cope with the Trump administration's US export ban, which blocks US companies from doing business with the Chinese company. While Huawei can be pretty independent as far as hardware goes, the loss of Google's software is basically going to kill Huawei's phone business outside of China. The company is already expecting a 20-percent drop in phone sales in 2020, and thanks to the yearly lifecycle of smartphones, a lot of Google/Huawei phones are still on the market, so we're seeing only the beginning of the effects of the export ban.

Huawei is doing its best to delay the effects of the export ban, though, and lately, it seems to have come up with a new loophole to keep shipping the Google apps: re-release old smartphones. The way the export ban has worked in practice is that Huawei devices that launched before the export ban (and some that launched Read More – Source

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