Google argues Huawei’s Android ban creates security risks

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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.

Google was one of several American companies that had to cut ties with Huawei to comply with the US government ban, and the company is now petitioning lawmakers in Washington to exempt it from the ban. Now, it looks like its Facebook's turn to sever ties with the Chinese company.

The report says that Google has told the Trump administration that if it can't be exempted from the ban, it would like the current 90-day reprieve granted Huawei to be extended for a longer period of time. Whereas Google will continue to provide updates to existing Huawei smartphone models - even ones that haven't been built yet - Facebook apps are affected immediately.

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.

The Facebook ban applies to any Huawei phone that has not yet left the factory, Reuters reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.

Furthermore, Huawei's operating system would lack Google services, including Google Play Store, so Huawei would have to come up with its own app store too.

The Chinese company declined to comment on Facebook's decision.

What's an annoyance now could turn into a major problem down the road.

For now, the Play store for Android and all Google apps will continue to be available to Huawei. We'll see what happens from here, but for now at least, Huawei's woes on the worldwide stage keep getting worse. This would be the biggest risk, according to Google, considering that the Chinese giant should hasten development, inevitably leaving security flaws that could be exploited to compromise smartphones.

Google is concerned that an Android version from Huawei would be more susceptible to being hacked, as Google would not be able to update it.

The presumption is that Huawei is not as competent to secure its own OS as Google is.

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