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Google Defends Huawei, Facebook Cuts Access to Pre-Installed Apps

According to a Financial Times (FT) report, Google tried to make the case to the U.S. federal government that its recent ban against Huawei could force Huawei to come up with an alternative to Google's Android operating system (OS). Google reportedly argued that this sort of competition to its own OS would create a U.S. national security risk.

Google Defends Huawei (and Its Own Interests)

Google’s lobbyists have reportedly asked the officials from the U.S. Department of Commerce for an exemption from the Huawei ban, so that the Mountain View company could continue to collaborate with it. Google reportedly said that if it’s not given this special treatment, then the whole U.S. national security could be at risk, arguing that if Huawei can no longer use its own Android operating system, then the Chinese firm will build a “hybrid” version of the OS with its own modifications. Google warned that this hybrid version will likely contain more security bugs than Google’s OS.

Facebook Bans Pre-Installation of Its Apps on Huawei Devices

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. 

What the Reuters report doesn’t mention is that this likely ended Facebook’s data sharing deal with Huawei, too. In previous reports we learned that Facebook is giving device makers access to the phone users’ data in exchange for pre-installing the applications on those devices. Huawei devices that already have Facebook’s apps pre-installed will continue to be functional.

Huawei declined to comment to Reuters, but it previously promised to work around any issues that may appear due to the U.S. government ban. Even so, customers at stores from Asia and Europe told Reuters that after the U.S. ban they’ve become reluctant to purchase any more Huawei devices.


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