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Xiaomi is remotely blocking its phones in “unsupported regions”

Xiaomi has been in the news and on everyone’s lips in recent years, weeks and months and it’s mostly because of how it continues to grow and corner the smartphone and indeed the entire gadget market. They are now the second-largest phone and biggest smartwatch maker. However, their latest stance is bound to generate some […]

Huawei 4G Router 3 Pro. Are the features worth the money?

It’s got heaps of features and allows plenty of customization for whatever use case you have for it and I think it genuinely looks good. Nothing is shouty about the design. It is nice and elegant and just blends in with the furniture.
But at US$150 one would ask if the features it comes with are worth that much. In this video we explore all it good bits to answer that question

Huawei’s Harmony OS is not a fork of Android but it is also a fork of Android

No, that headline is not a mistake. Huawei says their much-touted operating system, Harmony OS is ready for the big unveil. The company has said that it will start updating over 200 devices with the new operating system. Harmony OS is Android but it is also not Android. This is because Harmony OS, from the […]

Huawei & NetOne partner on US$400k mobile broadband project

Hopefully this improves NetOne’s mobile data services…

4 tech gift ideas for your Valentine

Here are 4 tech gift ideas to spoil your Valentine on the 14th.

It’s about to get worse for Huawei, they will soon lose more Google apps

In a recent discovery by the folks over at XDA, Google Messages will be unavailable on Huawei in the very near future.

Xiaomi joins Huawei on the US’ naughty list

Xiaomi has been blacklisted by the United States Department of Defence on the grounds that it has ties to the Chinese Military.

Fearful Huawei finds comfort in Deepin Linux on laptops

Whenever people discuss the problems Huawei is facing due to the so-called Trump ban the conversation rarely strays from the smartphone discussion and yet Huawei is more than just a smartphone company. Their product line is every bit as extensive as Samsung’s. They don’t just make expensive phones like the P40 Pro, they also make […]

The Huawei story: Do you really need Google Apps on your phone?

A phone without Google Apps can still be a very good device and in some parts of the world, you might not even really need Google’s services.

Huawei debuts Mate 40 range, new Kirin chip, apps & more

Following up on the release of the P40 series earlier this year, Huawei has today announced the launch of the Mate 40 series. The new range consists of the base Mate 40, Pro and Pro Plus. The launch of the phones was accompanied by the debut of Huawei’s new flagship Kirin 9000 chip which the […]

Huawei smartphones will be running HarmonyOS in 2021

Huawei smartphones will be running their in-house operating system HarmonyOS in 2021. This was announced at HDC 2020 (Huawei Developers Conference). It’s definitely a case of ready or not for HarmonyOS. Without Google Play Services and the US chip ban that is taking effect in less than a week (September 15th, 2020). Huawei has to […]

Tougher times ahead for Huawei as smartphone chip supply affected by US sanctions

Huawei is facing yet another conundrum. This, like most of their most recent troubles, comes courtesy of the sanctions imposed by the United States. The initial round sanctions saw Huawei lose any support from US-based companies like Google. This limited physical component supply as well as software support. The second round of sanctions enacted in […]

Huawei overtook Samsung and Apple in device shipments for Q2 2020

Huawei has suffered some very serious setbacks over the last couple of years. The Chinese smartphone was banned from trading in the United States, and also lost support to Google Services. These two things would have, at the time, spelt a certain downturn for Huawei. Well, it seems that they have yet another first to […]

Details emerge suggesting Zim’s National Data Centre will be used for surveillance

Remember the National Data Centre? Last November, Mthuli Ncube said that project was almost complete and whilst the project is yet to see the light of day more details regarding how the data centre will be used have emerged. An all seeing eye A report in The Standard noted that the National Data Centre will […]

Huawei Surpasses Samsung in Q1, A Milestone For Chinese Phone Maker

Huawei surpassed Samsung in April to become the world’s largest smartphone maker. In a report published by Counterpoints Research Huawei were able to temporarily capture 19% of global market share. Samsung on the other hand saw a dip to 17%. This is the first time that Huawei has passed Samsung which has been unposed for […]

UK Gives Into Pressure & Limits Huawei’s Role In 5G Network

In January, the UK announced that they would allow Huawei to build out parts of their 5G network. Before this announcement was made, the USA had warned that UK adopting Huawei’s technology as part of their roll-out would compromise the US-UK relationship since the US regards Huawei as a security threat. At the time it […]

US Might Work With Huawei On 5G Network After All

Whilst US-China relations are still not patched up it seems the USA is softening its stance on a Huawei-enabled 5G rollout. After repeatedly urging other countries such as the UK, and France not to use Huawei equipment as they roll out their 5G network, the US Department of Commerce is ready to sign off on […]

Google Warns Huawei Users Not To Install Its Apps For Security Reasons

We all know the story by now, Huawei was placed on the US government’s Entity List which prohibits the Chinese company from collaborating with any US company. Because this is the case, Google posted an update confirming that they’ll only support Huawei devices released on or before May 16 – when the ban was announced. […]

It Was Illegal For Mthuli Ncube To Back Date Tax Exemptions For Huawei

A couple of weeks ago, there was an outcry when Mthuli Ncube, the minister of finance announced that Huawei was going to be exempted of income tax and also going top be reimbursed any VAT paid since 2009. This was based on an agreement between Zimbabwe and China in 2014 meaning the backdating was five […]

Huawei Allowed To Build UKs 5G Network Despite American Threats

The UK has finally made its decision regarding whether or not Huawei will be a part of its 5G network and it seems the decision will definitely increase tensions between the US and the UK. Huawei will be allowed to build non-core elements of UK’s 5G network. Whilst high-risk vendors such as Huawei and ZTE […]

US Tells Britain If You Let Huawei In, We Are Out

The United States wants to use Britain’s anxiety regarding post-Brexit trade partnerships as a way to influence the country to cut ties with telecoms company Huawei. The telecommunications company which Britain allowed to be part of their 5G network roll-out, is accused of being unsafe by the USA and with US Secretary of State suggesting […]

[Video] Why The Huawei Ban Is Not A Big Deal In Africa

Huawei recieved a US trade ban in 2019 and one of the major blows it came with were Huawei devices not being allowed to use the full featured Android Operating system. This meant Huawei’s new phones were now shipping without Google’s suite of apps and services. It’s a major setback for Huawei in Europe and […]

Huawei Launches Developer Integration Program In South Africa

As you probably know by now – Huawei was banned from using American services and products and that means their phones are now being released without Google Services and Google Applications – which is a huge blow. To mitigate the impact of the ban Huawei initiated their own Huawei Mobile Services but the only problem […]

Huawei’s New Mate30 Flagships Won’t Have Access To Google Play Services: What’s The Impact?

Huawei launched the new Mate30 series of flagships and whilst those appear to be two impressive flagships it seems the US-China trade war which we expected to affect Huawei’s phones at some point is doing so now. The phones will come with Huawei Mobile Services instead of Google Play Services. Here we’ll take a look […]

Huawei Technicians Accused Of Assisting African Governments To Spy On Opponents

A lot of claims have been made regarding Huawei and their security, or lack thereof but the most recent claims by Washington Post will be damaging to the company. The publication claims that technicians from the company have assisted African governments spy on opponents on two different occasions. Allegedly the technicians helped with interception of […]

Indian Telcos Having Cold Feet Over Huawei Because Of Security Concerns

[Image Source: New Era Tech] Reliance Jio, Bhati Airtel and Vodafone Idea are all said to be considering passing on Huawei in the core elements of their 5G network in order to “hedge risks against any future ban on Chinese equipment manufacturers in India”. The Core network (aka backbone in some instances) usually offers Aggregation, […]

Huawei’s Harmony OS Finally Official

Back in 2017, Huawei started work on their own operating system – Harmony. Had it not been for Trump and tensions between his country and China, maybe the announcement of that OS would have been a surprise. Instead, the OS comes on the back of months of speculation and debate as to whether it is […]

Huawei’s CEO Says Hong Meng Is Faster Than Android & MacOS, But App Availability Concerns Still Unaddressed

The CEO of Huawei Ren Zhengfei, has said that the Operating System they are working on internally -HongMeng OS- is faster than Android and MacOs. Not only did he claim that the OS will be faster, he also said it will have more application than Android. Application in this context probably means it will do […]

Huawei CEO Expects US Ban To Cost Them $30 Billion In Revenue

If you a smartphone aficionado then you’ll know very well that the US placed Huawei under a trade ban and the Chinese technology company really has its back against the ropes. Huawei’s CEO Ren Zhengfei said he expected the ban to heavily impact revenues negatively to the tune of $30 billion in lost revenue this […]

Huawei Will Fully Refund Users If Google And Facebook Apps Stop Working – Report

We all know that the US trade ban on the Chinese giant Huawei has not only impacted the sales of different Huawei products but also tarnished the reputation of the company. The ban has resulted in several US companies cutting ties with the Chinese company, with Google announcing that Huawei will lose access to Android […]