Huawei not allowed to pre-install Facebook on new smartphones


Reuters reported today that this ban applies to all Huawei phones that haven't left the factory yet, so for the time being at least, no new Huawei device will have Facebook's apps pre-installed.

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.

Buyers of current Huawei phone models that do not have Facebook pre-installed would still be able to download it from the Google Playstore.

However, users' access to the Google Play Store may also be blocked if the U.S. trade ban, which was issued by president Donald Trump in May, comes into effect. In other words, even if Google would continue to provide Huawei with updates for the existing phones for much longer than the two months, many of them wouldn't get to end-users anyway.

Alphabet Inc's Google said earlier that it would no longer provide Android software for Huawei phones after a 90-day reprieve granted by the United States government expires in August.

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The scenario might seem surreal but it is not hard to imagine how many foreign powers are not waiting for anything other than finding flaws in operating systems to obtain confidential information.

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 USA national security. Huawei still prefers to use Android or Windows, though.

The Trump Administration blacklisted the Chinese technology giant in a policy move that will prevent it from buying semiconductors, software and other components from American suppliers. According to Google, allowing Huawei to run a forked version of Android is a security issue, The Verge reports, citing the paywalled Financial Times.

Google said that by stopping it from doing business with Huawei, the USA risks creating two kinds of Android operating system - the genuine version and a hybrid one, said the FT report, adding, "The hybrid one is likely to have more bugs in it than the Google one, and so could put Huawei phones more at risk of being hacked, not least by China". Microsoft removed Huawei devices from its online stores.