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Huawei ‘cautious’ with its foldable device following Galaxy Fold troubles

Huawei ‘cautious’ with its foldable device following Galaxy Fold troubles

Huawei is in the process of potentially launching a replacement.

Speaking to CNBC, Huawei said it is pushing the Mate X release date back from the rough June release the company was planning, to September, in order to test the device further and make sure it didn't fall apart after a small amount of use. The company plans to launch Hongmeng-powered smartphones next year but some reports indicate it might be as soon as October this year. If it is installed on Huawei devices, they will not be able to access many Android apps because Sailfish's compatibility layer is far from flawless, as the outlet reports. Sailfish OS is also known to be compatible with Android apps as well.

President Donald Trump last month offered a ray of hope to Huawei, suggesting the ban on doing business with U.S. firms like Google could be solved if China agrees to a new trade deal.

Although Google said existing Huawei phones will continue to receive Android security updates to protect the devices from viruses and hacking, the Chinese firm had to act to safeguard its plans for future product launches in global markets.

As a reminder, following the ban on Huawei in the US, Huawei has just three months during which it will receive Android updates.

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Huawei has not yet revealed the details about its OS but the applications to trademark the operating system show that it wants to use Hongmeng for gadgets ranging from smartphones and portable computers to robots and vehicle televisions.

The delay comes as Huawei phones face being cut off from updates of Google's Android operating system (OS) in the wake of the US blacklist that bans American companies from doing business with the Chinese firm.

"We're not specifically asking anyone to lobby for us".

In the letter to the FCC, the company objected to being banned on the grounds of national security threats.

However, intelligence experts say they can only provide limited assurances that the Chinese company is not a risk to broadband and phone networks in the UK. Huawei accounted for about or 4% of the company's overall sales previous year. A spokesperson for Huawei told CNBC that the company is now running more tests for the device after Samsung's foldable device broke down.