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Now more than ever, we have been relying on our smartphones to get things done. If you’re wondering whether the Huawei P40 Pro can handle all your needs, then wonder no more.

This smartphone still carries the best of what Huawei has to offer. That includes cameras that perform just as good, if not better, than the competition. Along with a processor, memory, and storage combination that can handle whatever task you throw at it.

But the question with the P40 Pro has always been about the apps. Does it have access to apps that can maximize its hardware?

That’s what we’re here to talk to you about.

Huawei’s AppGallery is home to many apps you and I regularly use. Nearly everyone in the Philippines is on Facebook. So, Huawei made sure this was readily available on the AppGallery.

Another app that people rely on for secure communication is Viber. That’s also easily downloadable.

We’re sure you also like to keep yourself entertained. Whether that’s catching up on the latest K-Drama, playing games in between, or just watching other people do all sorts of challenges, these apps are all at your disposal.

Obviously, with everything that’s happening, you need to stay informed. The AppGallery also gives you access to reputable news sources.That’s why you should read up, so you’re not easily misled by misinformation.

Some of you might even get your info through newsletters. Don’t miss any of that along with other emails. Sync your GMail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook, or Hotmail on the Huawei email app for ultimate convenience.

Need other things Google-related? You have access to all of it through the Huawei browser. You can even make a home screen shortcut for sites like YouTube.

One of the many convenient things we can do  is manage our finances at the comfort of our homes. With everyone being under community quarantine, you’ve likely discovered the marvels of mobile banking, and Guess what, the top banking apps are also on AppGallery!

Not just that! These even work in concert with other payment apps, so you can manage your finances and know for sure how much you can spend on shopping apps.

We’re sure all that browsing had you going hungry. Give in to your cravings by ordering on FoodPanda!

This is just scratching the surface. There are plenty more apps to discover and more apps coming to AppGallery soon.

So Where did the AppGallery come from anyway?

Huawei has had the AppGallery since 2018. Since then, it has grown to 180 billion downloads, and 390 million monthly active users worldwide. And those numbers continue to rise.

To make all of this even easier, Huawei put AppGo on the AppGallery. It’s essentially an easier way to find the apps you like. Just search, tap on the app you’re looking for and AppGo will redirect you to where you can get it!

Security is at the core of most people’s concerns. As it should be, no matter what phone you have.

Huawei is keenly aware of this and there’s been no shortage of information campaigns / to drive this point home.

For the AppGallery itself, the company has put in four layers of protection to ensure that it detects malicious app behaviour.

This includes things like eavesdropping on users, monitoring, and Unauthorized screenshots and screen recordings. Huawei is adamant about not touching your personal data and they’ve put systems in place to back that talk.

Huawei recognizes that the AppGallery may not have all of your preferred apps. To remedy this, there are two things you can do.

First, you can add it to the AppGallery Wish list. On the app just click on “Me”, Tap “Wish list”, and then tap “Add to Wish list” on the bottom of the screen.  You can then enter the app name and add a description of the app.

There’s also a check-box that you can tick which will auto-install your requested app once it becomes available.

For everything else, you can use third party app downloaders that you can access through the Huawei browser.

We’ve opted to use APKPure for our needs. This has given us access to other most used apps like Netflix and Instagram. And they work perfectly fine on the Huawei P40 Pro.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines

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Amazon bans TikTok for employees, reverses decision in a few hours

Everyone’s worried about using TikTok now

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Amazon sent an internal memo to its employees, asking them to remove the TikTok from any mobile device that can access their company email. The memo was picked up by the mainstream media almost immediately and it served as an indication of how American companies are losing trust in the Chinese-backed app.

However, the company soon backtracked and an Amazon spokesperson said the request had been sent out in error and that there was no change to the company’s policies at the moment.

Company spokeswoman Jaci Anderson declined to answer questions about what caused the confounding turnaround or error. The original memo cited “security risks” as the reason for avoiding TikTok.

In response, TikTok failed to understand Amazon’s concerns. It did not receive any communication from Amazon before the email went out.

However, the social media app has received a lot of backlash from authorities due to its poor data privacy history. TikTok is banned in India and recently, the US suggested it’s considering a similar ban on the app.

Furthermore, US lawmakers have been concerned about the app for months now. The US army and navy instructed soldiers to delete the app from military devices in December. The biggest concern regarding TikTok is that its parent company, based in China, is required to share information collected on users with the Chinese government.

“We still do not understand their concerns, we welcome a dialogue so we can address any issues they may have and enable their team to continue participating in our community,” TikTok said.

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4K streaming could be cheaper soon

Thanks to the H.266 format

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Watching 4K videos on YouTube or Netflix is taxing on mobile data, consuming about a gigabyte or more. But a new compression method could change 4K streaming soon.

Developed by Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, the H.266 / Versatile Video Coding format aims to bring a more efficient way of compressing and streaming videos digitally. This new standard is meant to replace two existing standards — the H.264/AVC and H.265 HEVC.

Compared to the two, H.266 can transmit 4K videos at a much lower file size. The institute says H.266 can transmit a 10-minute UHD video at only 5GB of data.

This is almost 50 percent more efficient than the most advanced video format in the market, H.265 HEVC. Right now, HEVC requires 10GB of data to transmit the same 10-minute UHD video. As such, consumers can expect cheaper 4K streams with the H.266 format.

For example, a 25-minute 4K video that clocks in at 4GB can be streamed at a much lower 2GB with the new format. This will drastically reduce data and bandwidth consumption for consumers and companies.

The new video format also tries to solve the patent royalty system that has long plagued H.264 and H.265. Right now, companies have to deal with the messy system of paying licenses and royalties just to include these formats to their apps and websites. H.266 does away with these licenses, promising a better deal than the old formats.

Support and availability

As of right now, support for H.266 is being worked on both the software and hardware level. According to the institute that developed the format, Media Coding Industry Format is working on chip designs that support the new format on a hardware level.

Meanwhile, the institute is working on an encoder and decoder software which will be released this autumn.

It is worth noting, however, that H.266/VVC is not the only format that promises to improve 4K streaming on devices. Most tech companies today are adopting AV1 alongside VP9. These two formats are developed by separate organizations.

Right now, these formats — along with the H.266 — promise a better way of streaming 4K that will ultimately benefit everyone.

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Google removes 25 apps for secretly stealing your data

The apps were downloaded more than 2 million times

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Google has removed 25 apps from its Play Store for slyly collecting your data in the background. The apps were collectively downloaded more than 2.3 million times before the company clamped down.

According to French cybersecurity firm Evina, the malicious apps were developed by the same threat group. They seemed to offer different functionalities but were fundamentally designed to phish data.

The apps disguised themselves as step counters, image editors, video editors, wallpaper apps, flashlight applications, file managers, and mobile games. While offering some functionality on the front, the end-goal was always to collect user data.

Basically, what these sinister apps do is steal Facebook user’s credentials if they regularly open the account on their phone. The phishing app would overlay a web browser window on top of the official Facebook app and load a fake Facebook login page. You’d assume you’re logging in to your account, but in reality, you just handed over your username and password.

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Evina discovered the flaw in these apps and contacted Google for further action at the end of May. Once the company’s findings were verified, the apps were kicked from the Play Store. Google not only removed the apps from the Play Store but also disabled them on users’ smartphones and informs them via the Play Protect feature.

In recent times, users are increasingly aware of phishing and data collection since social platforms like TikTok have also been caught red-handed. Apple has emphasized its focus on privacy and announced a host of new features to protect the user via iOS 14. Even Xiaomi has added a range of new methods to protect the user in MIUI 12.

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