Huawei’s next flagship phone will ship without Google integration


On September 18, Huawei is set to reveal its next flagship smartphone, the Mate 30, in Europe, but it’ll launch without built-in access to the Google Play Store or any of Google’s other apps and services (Reuters).

A Google representative told Reuters that the Mate 30 “cannot be sold with licensed Google apps and services due to the U.S. ban on sales to Huawei” – a recent extension to a US trade ban only covers existing products. Android itself is open source, side-loading Google Play is usually trivial and Huawei is preparing its own app store for launch, but it remains to be seen whether European users will have any interest in a high-end phone that ships without Google Services.

Pinterest now shows vaccine science when people search for related terms
To help stem the tide of anti-vaccination conspiracy theories that put herd immunity – and thus vulnerable lives – at risk, Pinterest has begun showing scientifically-verified vaccination information when people search for related terms, such as “measles” or “vaccine safety” (TechCrunch). The image-sharing network had previously stopped showing search results for the terms to prevent the spread of vaccine misinformation but is now working with bodies including the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics to provide accurate data.