There were still Huawei phones that could run Google apps natively in 2019. Again, in 2019, the two largest Android phone manufacturers (at the time) (Samsung and Google) initiated a revolution that would be discussed for years to come.
As of February, the Huawei Mate X and Samsung Galaxy Fold arrived on the market, bringing with them an ocean of ambition and a large pool of problems. Despite the fact that they were unfinished products that probably should not have been launched, I’m interested in their potential. The foldable phone competition was kicked off by the Mate X and Galaxy Fold, and it shows no signs of slowing down.
For those who aren’t aware, Samsung has chosen to modify the 2020 and 2021 Galaxy Folds with incremental improvements rather than a radical redesign (Galaxy Z Fold 2) that should have been included from the start (Samsung 2020 and 2021 Galaxy Fold) (Galaxy Z Fold 3). Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 still faces the same issues as the original Galaxy Fold, despite being a significant upgrade (the bar wasn’t set very high).
- After closing Fold 3, the shape is still a little wonky.
- Despite this, it still sports the most obvious crease and gap we’ve yet seen on a foldable.
- It’s still heavy, heavy, and less capable than the slab phone in several areas.
As a result of an ongoing US trade ban, Huawei’s supply of Google software and critical hardware components was disrupted, but the Chinese foldable competitor persevered. Even during the trade ban, the firm was dragged out of Shenzhen by a technological marvel, becoming the first phone maker to overcome Samsung and Apple and become the world’s largest phone manufacturer—a lead that Huawei took in 2020. An event that took place just a few short months ago.
After a rough few years, Huawei’s corporate culture of overachievement and innovation persists with the release of the Huawei Mate XS2. What’s left is to see if Western audiences can be convinced that external folding phones without Google apps are the future of mobile technology.