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Many Huawei phones support exposure notification API - Android Authority
It will only work on handsets released before the US trade ban. That means no Huawei P40 or P40 Pro.
Apple and Googles coronavirus exposure notification initiative previously called contact tracing looks like it will make its way to most of Huaweis handsets. According to TechRadar, Huawei announced that the bulk of the companys smartphones released before the US trade ban went into effect will be able to run the exposure notification API. Unfortunately, because of the ban, Huawei phones released after May 2019 wont be able to support exposure notification. This includes Huaweis latest P40 and Mate 30 series. Read also: The Huawei and US debacle: The story so far Huawei didnt say exactly which phones would support the API, but they need to support Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) functionality. Its not always clear which handsets support BLE, but they must at least run Android 4.3 or newer, so thats one possible identifier. Compatible Huawei devices will see the update when the exposure notification system goes live in the coming months. Google and Apple are expected to release the API framework next month, so hopefully, the public release wont come too long after that.
Say hello to the LG Velvet (and pour one out for the G9) - Android Authority
LG is rebooting its smartphone strategy. Will the LG Velvet finally bring the turnaround?
LG LG is rebooting its smartphone strategy, and, in true LG fashion, the company is drip-feeding us details about it. Today we learned the name of the first phone in the reboot, LG Velvet, and a couple of intriguing design details. LG said its moving away from alphanumerical designations in favor of familiar and expressive names. In other words, no more G-series phones, and presumably no V series either. That brings an end to one of the longest-running families of flagship phones in the Android space. Pour one out for the G. This official announcement follows an unconfirmed report from last month that suggested LG would adopt unique names for its next premium phones. Goodbye LG G9, hello LG Velvet. The new phone will feature a symmetrical, flowing form factor that will be pleasing to touch, says LG. According to the company, lustrous smoothness and premium softness will be two key characteristics of the Velvet. The Raindrop camera gets a shoutout as well. LG LGs mobile unit has been bleeding money for 20 consecutive quarters. Among other issues, the clunky branding, lackluster designs, and poor product differentiation have turned LGs smartphones into forgettable also-rans. Theres no guarantee the new Velvet will turn things around, but what we know about it so far makes us cautiously optimistic. First, the name itself the company is dropping the terrible ThinQ appendix, in favor of a clean and memorable moniker. That alone should help the next LG phone stand out in a sea of alphanumerical permutations. Second, the promised premium softness suggests LG is going against the shiny, glossy designs that have dominated the market in the last few years, with precious few exceptions. Thats another way the Velvet could stand out. Plus, LG desperately needs some flair, following years of stodgy designs. The LG Velvet will be a mass premium device, that wont compete with the likes of the Galaxy S20 Ultra and Huawei P40 Pro Plus. Thats good news, as long as the affordable price tag doesnt come with a forgettable spec sheet. Now read: Can we stop it with the comically big phones now? What do you think about the new LG Velvet?