Google says cutting us off from Huawei is a security risk

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More British consumers have been trading in Huawei phones, and United Kingdom phone carriers starting the next-generation of mobile services have cut Huawei's Mate 20 X 5G flagship handset out of their launches.

As I explained before, Huawei needs Android (and Windows) like fish need water for a different reason.

Google was one of several American companies that had to cut ties with Huawei to comply with the USA government ban, and the company is now petitioning lawmakers in Washington to exempt it from the ban. Under the order, USA suppliers are able to appeal for special approval to continue selling to Huawei.

With President Trump's effective ban on US trade with Chinese telecom company Huawei, the company has newly suffered yet another blow.

Until further notice, Reuters reported any new devices that Huawei makes will not be permitted to have Facebook's services pre-installed and the decision applies to any tech "that has not yet left the factory". According to Google, allowing Huawei to run a forked version of Android is a security issue, The Verge reports, citing the paywalled Financial Times. But it's not just Huawei's bottom line that might be hurt in the near and distant future, and Google has plenty of reasons to be anxious, too.

That's where Google delivered the punchline, saying that such a version of Android would be easier to hack.

But the security argument only scratches the surface when it comes to Google's worries.

Huawei is already offering its app store on the devices it sells, but beginning with the new OS, the company would start pushing harder for more apps to be published here. That would make the U.S. less dominant in those markets. The tech company now has a temporary license to keep sending security updates to already existing Huawei smartphones. Internationally, it gets the Google Apps; in China, it gets a China-centric app selection. He says that Google is concerned that there will be two versions of Android, the genuine Google licensed version and Huawei's "hybrid". Microsoft removed Huawei devices from its online stores.



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