Google: Cutting us off from Huawei is a security risk

This may not appear to be an all-important decision on Facebook's part, however, by withdrawing permission for Huawei to do so, Facebook has displayed a lack of trust in the Chinese firm and has contributed to a growing number of tech giants turning their back to Huawei. The Financial Times reports that Google has complained to the White House that keeping Huawei away from its us supply chain will be detrimental to USA national security. These partnerships with Google, Microsoft, Intel, and other big name U.S. 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 United States intelligence community. They'll be able to download these apps and receive updates from the Play Store like any other Android device.

In addition, Google is reportedly anxious that a Huawei-modified version of Android would be more vulnerable and susceptible to being hacked. Huawei's OS would still be based on Android, but it'll have to deliver alternatives to all of Google's services, which will be a hard thing to pull off in some of the global markets where Huawei has a dominant market share.

Last month, USA firms were ordered to stop doing business with the company, a decision which means future handsets may no longer receive updates for Google's Android operating system or access its popular applications.

Huawei has confirmed that it developed an exclusive operating system for its devices in the wake of ongoing friction with the USA government.

Huawei is already offering its app store on the devices it sells, but beginning with the new OS, the company would start pushing harder for more apps to be published here.

Ian Levy, Technical Director of Britain's National Cyber Security Centre, part of the GCHQ signals intelligence agency, recently said that despite Huawei's promises to invest $2 billion in fixing its products security issues a year ago, it hasn't begun to address them.

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However, before we speculate too much, it's worth noting that it remains to be seen if the Huawei ban will stand after the 90-day respite.

New Huawei phones will not come pre-installed with Instagram, Facebook or WhatsApp as the USA ban continues to hinder the smartphone maker.

Last month, Huawei was blacklisted by the United States government, which argued that its 5G infrastructure could be used by the Chinese government for espionage.

Huawei's issues in the smartphone market stem from its networking business. 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.

We have known for a while Huawei is developing its own mobile operating system.

  • Darren Santiago