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Without Android and EMUI, but with Google services. The Google Play app store works quite well on the Huawei Mate 40 Pro + running HarmonyOS 2.0

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An interesting discovery came to light after Huawei began distributing HarmonyOS over the air for a large number of its smartphones. So far, the update is available only to software developers, but they did not miss the opportunity to test the proprietary Android replacement for compatibility with Google services. It turned out to work!

Without Android and EMUI, but with Google services.  Google Play app store works quite well on Huawei Mate 40 Pro + running HarmonyOS 2.0

Without Android and EMUI, but with Google services.  The Google Play app store works quite well on the Huawei Mate 40 Pro + running HarmonyOS 2.0

Previously, Huawei did not say anything about the compatibility of HarmonyOS with Google services, which is understandable: the proprietary OS, in fact, became a response to the US sanctions and the ban on the use of Android on its smartphones – what Google services can we talk about? In addition, Huawei has its own services – HMS, which are a complete analogue of Google’s solutions and on the development of which the company spends a lot of resources. However, this does not mean at all that Google services do not work in HarmonyOS – on the contrary: as the experiment showed, everything is quite workable. As proof, screenshots of Google Play on the Mate 40 Pro + running HarmonyOS 2.0 Beta 3 (this is the latest version of the OS before the release) are provided.

Without Android and EMUI, but with Google services.  Google Play app store works quite well on Huawei Mate 40 Pro + running HarmonyOS 2.0

Without Android and EMUI, but with Google services.  The Google Play app store works quite well on the Huawei Mate 40 Pro + running HarmonyOS 2.0

At the same time, the Chinese media confirm the data that the recently announced Mate 40 Pro 4G will be the first Huawei smartphone with pre-installed HarmonyOS – a complete analogue of the usual Mate 40 Pro, but without 5G support. This model has already been certified by the local regulator, and official sales are due to begin soon. Unlike the regular Mate 40 Pro, for which HarmonyOS 2.0 will be released as an over-the-air update, the Mate 40 Pro 4G will get this OS right out of the box.

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Paid apps in Huawei AppGallery can be downloaded completely free of charge: Huawei has not yet responded

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Paid apps in Huawei AppGallery can be downloaded completely free

Since Huawei was under US sanctions, Huawei has been forced to switch to its own software solutions as it is banned from using Google services. One of them is the AppGallery app store, which has become a replacement for Google Play.

AppGallery has a pretty serious issue that one developer says has remained unresolved for months, even though he reported it to Huawei back in February. This vulnerability allows anyone with a little bit of technical skill, some free time, and a bit of inclination to put in a little effort to download and install any paid app from AppGallery without paying for it. Of course, for developers who support Huawei by releasing their apps in the AppGallery, this is very bad news.

Paid apps in Huawei AppGallery can be downloaded completely free of charge: Huawei has not yet responded

Dylan Roussel, the developer who discovered the problem, emphasizes that this vulnerability is on the side of Huawei, which still remains unresolved. The bottom line is that the AppGallery API does not offer any protection for paid apps.

Roussel himself was able to download and use several paid apps by exploiting this vulnerability. Obviously, this is a big problem, because with the active exploitation of the vulnerability, developers will receive less profit from the possible sale of their applications.

It remains to be hoped that Huawei will soon solve the problem.

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The new king of Android: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus is 10% faster and 30% more energy efficient than its predecessor

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The new king of Android Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Tomorrow, Qualcomm will host an event where the company plans to unveil its flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus mobile platform. But the key characteristics of the single-chip system leaked before the announcement.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus (SM8475) will be manufactured using 4nm process technology by TSMC. The platform will offer an overall performance boost through overclocking. The processor will still retain the “1 + 3 + 4” architecture. It will receive the main Cortex-X2 core, three Cortex A710 cores and four Cortex-A510 cores.

The new king of Android: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus is 10% faster and 30% more energy efficient than its predecessor

According to well-known insider Digital Chat Station, the architecture of the CPU and GPU remained the same, but at the same time significantly (30%) improved energy efficiency. Productivity increased by 10%.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus will replace the existing Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and will soon be available in flagship smartphones from various brands.

Digital Chat Station was the first to report the specifications of Xiaomi 12 and Redmi K50.

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The latest Google Camera (GCam Go) for low-cost Android devices is out

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The latest Google Camera GCam Go for low cost Android devices

There are many ports of the original Google Camera (GCam) for different brands of smartphones. However, the app may not work on low-end devices for which the GCam Go app is made.

Camera Go v2.12 is the latest stable version of GCam Go and is already available for most Android Go devices. It works great on devices running Android 8.0 or later.

This version includes support for HDR+, night mode for low-light photography, support for additional camera modules, and other improvements. The app supports a wide range of devices from leading OEMs including Samsung (both Exynos and Snapdragon), Xiaomi, OnePlus, Vivo, Oppo and more. The app works well with all the leading SoCs on the market, including Snapdragon, MediaTek, and Exynos.

The latest Google Camera (GCam Go) for low-cost Android devices is out

What’s new in GCam Go v2.12:

  • Added support for ultra wide-angle lenses
  • Fixed intermittent support for many devices including Redmi Note 7 series and several Samsung devices
  • The application now supports 32-bit and 64-bit architecture
  • Fixes for HDR+ and color grading. Night mode has also been improved
  • Updated GUI and in-app layout

Download GCam Go v2.12 MOD APK.

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