Facebook Blocks Huawei From Pre-Installing Instagram, WhatsApp on Its Phones

Jun 08, 2019, 00:24
Facebook Blocks Huawei From Pre-Installing Instagram, WhatsApp on Its Phones

People who already own a Huawei phone and have the relevant apps installed can still continue to use them.

According to people familiar with the matter, Huawei wants to finalize its operating system for devices sold in China as soon as this fall, while the worldwide launch of the platform is scheduled for 2020.

Huawei was later granted a temporary license to continue its business as usual, including Android access.

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The decision is another blow to Huawei, which this week learned that Google will no longer let the company use its core Android software after mid-August.

Google apparently warned the Trump administration that its Huawei ban could endanger USA national security. USA officials are concerned that Huawei's handsets and networking equipment contain a hidden backdoor that acts as a conduit to pass sensitive information along to Beijing.

"Google argues a Huawei-modified version of Android would be more susceptible to being hacked", said the FT report. He added that if Google and the United States government come to a resolution, a lot of consumers would benefit from it. Google now has a 90-day grace period in place with Huawei, during which it will still deliver app updates and honor licensing agreements for Android and its first-party apps.

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But the security argument only scratches the surface when it comes to Google's worries. This time, it's social networking giant Facebook, which is no longer allowing the pre-installation of its apps on the beleaguered Chinese firm's phones. Chinese manufacturers are still global smartphone distributors, so they all build Google-approved Android OSes for the non-Chinese market. That would make the United States less dominant in those markets. He says that Google is concerned that there will be two versions of Android, the genuine Google licensed version and Huawei's "hybrid".

I'm not even considering China for this scenario, where Huawei could easily create its Android fork, as Google is not present in the biggest smartphone market in the world. What if Samsung and others decide to move in similar directions once Huawei proves that it can be done in Europe and other worldwide markets?

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