Something good finally comes out of the Huawei ban

Something good finally comes out of the Huawei ban

Google last month said it would cut ties to Huawei, making it more hard to obtain major apps from the American giant.

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.

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

It was reported that Huawei customers that are now using Facebook will still be able to use the app and continue to receive software updates.

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The decision won't be as much of a blow to Huawei as Google and Arm cutting ties. The latter recently blacklisted Huawei Technologies, prompting Google to restrict access to its Android operating system. Existing Huawei customers who are using Facebook's applications will still be able to download any updates from the company-for security and performance reasons. These partnerships with Google, Microsoft, Intel, and other big name United States companies offer Huawei the credibility it desperately seeks in the West. Google, Microsoft, and others vouch that Huawei's devices are secure, in spite of recent security warnings from the U.S. intelligence community.

Although the inability to pre-load Facebook apps is not as serious as a lack of Android updates or access to components, it does demonstrate the scale of the challenge presented to Huawei by the U.S. government.

The US president signed an order banning US companies from doing business with Huawei, citing matters of national security. Aside from the losses to Huawei itself, the ban will also impact Huawei's suppliers. 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 that this "hybrid" version of Android will have more bugs and is more likely to be hacked. The U.S. government has provided no evidence to show that Huawei is a security threat.

While Google's points are valid, Huawei Oak OS has the potential to replace Google's licensed Android on non-Huawei phones as well.

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