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Huawei: The best smartphones you shouldn’t buy

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According to the Mobile News Awards, the best smartphone is the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and the best smartphone manufacturer is Huawei. But does that mean anything in light of everything going on at the moment?

P20 Pro: best phone on the market?
 

Are Huawei phones the best on the market and the phones you shouldn’t buy?

Huawei’s range of smartphones have become an increasingly popular choice for tech lovers around the world (with the notable exception of the US) – in fact, the company sells more smartphones than anyone other than Samsung.

Last week it was announced that the likes of Google and other businesses that trade in the US will have to change the way they deal with Huawei. In Essence, Huawei has been added to a ‘blacklist’ of corporations that US companies cannot do business with.

Google

Huawei’s mobile devices rely on the Android operating system from Google, as well as hardware components from U.S. chipmakers. After Huawei’s name went on the list, Google, Intel, Qualcomm, and others quickly suspended trade with the company.

Huawei’s reliance on Google’s operating systems could mean that many apps that users have come to rely on; such as Maps, Youtube, Gmail, and the Chrome browser may no longer be available.

While these apps won’t disappear from user’s phones, Huawei owners may no longer (or for much longer) be able to use Google’s Play services to receive updates.

Facebook

Just when it seemed like things couldn't get worse for Huawei, reports have emerged that the company may soon not be able to sell phones with the world’s most popular social networks. Facebook will reportedly no longer allow the Chinese telecom giant to preinstall Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram apps on its devices.

Got a Huawei?

If you have a Huawei phone, there’s a bit of good news. “Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products,” said the company, “covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally.”

In other words, any Huawei- or Honor-branded product that are already on store shelves, or in the retail channel, is safe. You can buy it today and it will function as expected.

This also applies to Facebook; people who already own Huawei phones and have the relevant apps installed can continue to use them. Facebook said they would also continue to supply updates to existing users on Huawei phones.

So should you buy?

As things stand today, our answer is to wait. There’s nothing wrong with Huawei’s phones at all. In fact, the P30 Pro is an amazing handset that we recommend wholeheartedly. However, considering the current situation, our advice would be to wait. At least until a decision is made at the end of August before making an expensive purchase or tying yourself into a long-term contract commitment.