Facebook stops app pre-installs on new Huawei phones

Facebook stops app pre-installs on new Huawei phones

Facebook stops app pre-installs on new Huawei phones

In the report, Google argues that when Huawei devices that ship with their own version of Android start selling across the world would be a serious threat to United States national security.

According to a person familiar with the matter, the Facebook ban applies to any Huawei phone that has not left the factory. Future Android-based devices will not be able to access services including Google Play Store or Gmail and it is possible that unless these limitations are removed, the company will be forced to create its own homebrew operating system.

In addition, Google is reportedly anxious that a Huawei-modified version of Android would be more vulnerable and susceptible to being 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.

Facebook and its sister brands WhatsApp and Instagram are no longer available by default on new Huawei phones, as the social media giant works to comply with the United States government's blacklisting.

The argument, reportedly, is that Huawei is now dependent on Google for its Android smartphone software, and that dependence is a good thing for the US.

Huawei has confirmed that it developed an exclusive operating system for its devices in the wake of ongoing friction with the United States government.

Financial Times also quoted Google as saying: "Our focus is protecting the security of Google users on the millions of existing Huawei handsets in the United States and around the world".

Facebook has suspended Huawei's ability to pre-install the social network's apps on its smartphones.

Huawei declined to comment on the issue.

What just happened? Another day, another United States company distancing itself from Huawei. Leaving aside the potential for Chinese government backdoors, about which the USA government has been warning everyone since at least a year ago, Huawei's hardware and software products seem to lack the most basic of security safeguards.

USA officials are pressing their global campaign to blacklist Huawei, the world's No. 1 network equipment provider and second-largest smartphone maker.

But some customers at stores in Europe and Asia have told Reuters that they are reluctant to buy Huawei phones in the face of uncertainties, and analysts expect a dramatic drop in Huawei smartphone sales.

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