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Jun 10, 2019
Manufacturer
Huawei
Model
P20 Pro
Operating System
Android
OS Version
Pie 9
Security Patch Level (Security Update)
EMUI version 9.0.0.286. Includes updated Android Security patch : May 6, 2019.
2-Step Verification For Your Google or Apple Account
Enabled
Screen Lock Type (Unlock Device)
Basic 4-digit PIN
Biometrics (Unlock Device)
None
Notifications - When Device Is Locked
Hide sensitive information when device is locked
Google Play Protect
Enabled
Find My Phone
On
Install Unknown Apps (Unknown Sources)
Disabled
Developer Mode
Disabled
SIM Card Lock
Enable
Real-Time Protection
F-Secure SAFE
Custom Settings For Real-Time Protection
Custom - Minor changes for Increased Security
Custom Settings For Real-Time Protection Details
Enabled F-Secures SAFEs own Finder feature that includes " Find my unit ", same as Googles Find My Phone. Play Alarm Sound. Lock Screen and Clean Device. Available on My F-Secure.
Browser and Extensions
Opera with built-in ad blocker.
Content Filtering
SAFE.
Mobile VPN
F-Secure Freedome
VPN Usage
Always connected to VPN
Data Backup
Huaweis automatic built-in backup and Huaweis tool HiSuite.

Frequency of Data backups
Always-on Sync
Other Important Apps
Microsoft Authenticator and QR Code Reader, as the phones built-in QR feature is not able to block/stop automatic redirections.

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Huge thanks @silversurfer for posting this! Made me finally after several months actually search and find the built-in QR scanner on my Huawei phone. :oops: I already had installed an app for it but a bit of waste I thought, until I read the article a bit more.
"Most smartphone QR code scanner apps will instantly redirect the user to the malicious website via the phone’s native browser,"
Chrome! Wish it could open the default browser instead. Opera actually does come with a built-in QR scanner, tap the address bar and click on it's button on the right side, but I can't make it automatic stop open the url/link. Same thing with Chrome. :emoji_astonished::emoji_cold_sweat:

Huawei use a Photo feature called HiVision ( video below ) for QR codes, language translations and more, not enabled by default. Accessible either through the main camera or a hidden bar on the lock screen. Also, first time using the QR scanner it actually asks before using the automatic redirection option, but here's the sad part. It's either cancel the question or permanent allow. It would obvious be much safer if the question " One time " existed and one could also view the full url before.

Though Googles Play Store is serious infested IMO with too many apps for this simple task and most seem to enforce a bit too many permissions, I found and tested a few apps that should be secure enough considering they don't open urls automatic. Simply done by created a QR code online and added any common ( non malicious ) url and saved the pic.

Tested apps.
Norton and Kaspersky has extra built-in security layers. Kasperskys app even comes with a it's own browser. Probably the safest of them all. Still, the last one was the most snappy one and the one I had previously installed and even if it contains ads, it's not annoying IMO.

 
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Have you received the July 2019 security patch and EMUI 9.1?
No, and it's always been annoying to say the least as those updates always been slow. I did though investigate it few months ago and it's the Telcom operators that for some unknown reason holds it back instead of as I first initially thought Huawei. The installed apps gets updated flawless.
 

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No, and it's always been annoying to say the least as those updates always been slow. I did though investigate it few months ago and it's the Telcom operators that for some unknown reason holds it back instead of as I first initially thought Huawei. The installed apps gets updated flawless.
I had this issue with a previous Android phone, updates were so delayed that I ended up buying my current straight from the manufacturer.
 
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Confirmed list of HW phones to get EMUI 10 upgrade next month



And considering that EMUI 10 is for Android Q means the latter will be released too
 

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Hicare didn't help but, I also saw that EMUI 9.1 for P20 Pro is being released sometime this month so I just have to wait.
 

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Did you check that the country is properly set in HiCare?

Open up Hicare => Me (at the bottom right) => Settings => Select country/region

Also, try using a VPN to check for download

Or else 9.1 is not scheduled to be released in your region yet. Try to find the release date on the net for your region.

FYI, 9.1 is a huge update of 4 GB size in my case
 
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Country checked. VPN in use 24/7. Hicare finds nothing.

Will search a bit more for my region but if it's released in a week or two, I'm satisfied.

I still got over 100 GB available so it won't be an issue.
 
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I looked online, but I might be wrong with the first one.
It appears that Android updates are passed around before if you receive updates, on a locked phone.
Google > Manufacturer > MNO (Mobile Network Operator) > Manufacturer > You
Except for Apple users where there is no middle-man.

Unlocked phones (Not locked to a MNO):
Google > Manufacturer > Unlocked Phones

Fastest updates:
Google > Pixel users
Apple > iPhone users