huawei

Huawei's reputation for Chinese Spying Causes Google to Suspend business

Huawei

Episode 1593

Recently, after the US banned sales of Huawei cell phones due to spying, Google has suspended all business with the Chinese telephone manufacturer over genuine concerns that Huawei phones have spying issues. Google will not be updating Huaweii phones, give access to the app store, or any other product support. Huawei has also been added to the US Department of Commerce trade blacklist. Leo says it's a shame because Huawei makes some great hardware. 

Folding Phones, A Feature Looking for a Market

Fold

Episode 1571

Samsung recently announced the Samsung Galaxy Fold for nearly $2000, and now Huawei has a Mate X tri-fold mobile device for $2600!

Leo says that folding phones are a feature looking for a market. Do we really want a folding phone? Not at around $3,000. We want more screen real estate, sure. And really, the only way to get over 7" on a mobile device is to fold the screen. But Leo suspects they will break very easily as time goes on. Leo also says that Huawei's model is DOA since it's been banned from the US market due to spying concerns.

Why doesn't my phone work in the US?

Huawei G8

Episode 1380

Mike from Santa Monica, CA

Mike bought a Huawei G8 mobile phone in Hong Kong that is a dual SIM model, but it only runs on the G2 band in the US, even though it's on G4 in Hong Kong. Leo says that it wasn't designed for the US market and as such, it only supports certain bands here. He may not have much of a choice. One thing he can try is going over to the XDA Developer Forums. He may be able to root the device and gain access to those bands. He should enter the exact model of the phone to find out how to do it.

What unlocked Android phone should I buy?

Motorola Moto G

Episode 1246

Sam from Santa Monica, CA

Sam wants to buy an unlocked smartphone. He's heard Leo talk about the Motorola Moto G, but he's also looking at the Huawei P8 lite, and the Alcatel Idol 3. Leo says that the benefit of owning an unlocked phone is that he can take it to just about any carrier. It gives him flexibility, but it also means he'll have to pay for the phone completely up front.