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.
Fret not Facebook users, the Facebook-owed applications can still be downloaded through the Google Play store and receive updates, until the end of the 90-day grace period Google has given.
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The move by Facebook is the latest to isolate Huawei, which had become the world's second largest smartphone vendor despite security concerns voiced in Washington. As a result, Google restricted Huawei's access to its Android operating system. In a recent report by the Financial Times, Google argues that a forked version of Android in which Huawei is reportedly working on won't be safe for all and might raise security risks for the US. Unlike the potential Play Store ban, which only applies to future products, this ban will apply to all devices lying unshipped with Huawei - an annoyance for the company, who'll have to unseal existing stock and remove the offending apps.
"The fact that the USA government has effectively banned Huawei from being able to roll out 5G wireless internet technologies in the country all but guarantees that the company will never gain a foothold in the States".
According to previous reports from the US government, as well as more recent ones from the UK's National Cyber Security Centre, Huawei's hardware and software already represents significant security risk, but not for the reasons Google laid out.
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Google is among the tech companies lobbying the Trump administration to exempt it from a ban on exports to Huawei and avoid a shutdown of services.
To keep up in the smartphone market, Huawei would also need to find a new supply of chips and related hardware, without United States suppliers such as Intel, Qualcomm and Broadcom.
He said that Huawei has not negotiated directly with the US government and is waiting to see how the Google talks evolve.
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While Google's points are valid, Huawei Oak OS has the potential to replace Google's licensed Android on non-Huawei phones as well.