Google says cutting us off from Huawei is a security risk

Share

However, if circumstances do not change between the U.S. and Huawei, the Chinese company would also be unable to ship Facebook's software suite on its own operating system.

The Facebook ban applies to any Huawei phone that has not yet left the factory, Reuters reported, citing a person familiar with the matter. This is said to have been created as a failsafe should Huawei ever lose access to Android; it would potentially be installed on upcoming phones in place of Google's operating system.

Facebook et al can still be downloaded manually from the Google Play Store (for as long as there's still access), but it's not clear if the replacement Huawei Store (currently under construction) will carry the apps or not. Google argues that this "hybrid" version of Android will have more bugs and is more likely to be hacked.

While Google's points are valid, Huawei Oak OS has the potential to replace Google's licensed Android on non-Huawei phones as well.

Looking for some USA company to defend it against the Trump administration, Huawei has found an ally in Google.

Liang Hua, Huawei's chairman told a small group of reporters that Google is working with the US Commerce Department to find a way to quickly resolve this crisis.

Maradona wants to head Man United
Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has contacted Old Trafford chiefs to discover the World Cup winner's availability. The former Argentina forward also had a dig at the club's record signing: "With United I liked Ander Herrera ".

Huawei declined to comment on the issue.

While Google is defending Huawei, its data mining arch-rival, Facebook, is going in the opposite direction, banning Huawei from pre-installing the Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp apps on its devices, according to a Reuters report today.

In France, sales of premium Huawei smartphones fell by about one-fifth in the week after the United States blacklisted the company, according to a telecom industry representative who asked not to be identified as the figures are private. In fact, FT quotes Google saying, "Our focus is protecting the security of Google users on the millions of existing Huawei handsets in the U.S. and around the world".

The US alleges that Huawei is too close to the Chinese government and that its telecom network gear and other products could be a conduit for espionage, which Huawei denies. Microsoft removed Huawei devices from its online stores.

The US administration in May added Huawei to a trade blacklist.

The Trump administration banned Huawei from importing any US-made technology a few weeks ago, and the order is still in effect.

Share