Facebook Bans Huawei From Pre-Installing its Apps

Saturday, 08 Jun, 2019

Owners of existing Huawei smartphones that already have Facebook apps can continue to use them and download updates.

This week, Chairman Liang Hua told a small group of American reporters visiting Huawei's China operations that Google is working with the Commerce Department to find a solution.

However, given Huawei's precarious political position, the research agency believes that the firm may lose market share to rivals including Samsung and Apple in the future, given Huawei's reliance on Android and its popularity with global customers.

While Huawei has been cut off from Google's Android, the US-based tech company isn't taking the loss of one of its largest sources of income lightly. The news arrived in a tweet earlier today following speculation regarding Huawei's Android alternative in the wake of recent USA sanctions.

Earlier today, Financial Times reported that Google had warned the US government of potential security risks regarding the blacklisting of Huawei.

What this may mean for Huawei, though, is that the company may have to create its own app store - not an easy feat.

The Trump Administration would probably describe its Huawei export ban as move that improves national security by keeping China's pet telecom company out of the USA market.

It seems the punches just keep on coming for Huawei. Apparently, Google is anxious that Huawei will roll out an Android-based system (via the Android Open Source Project) that would be less secure than the regular Android software Google supports through the Android license. Google argues that this "hybrid" version of Android will have more bugs and is more likely to be hacked.

But the security argument only scratches the surface when it comes to Google's worries. The Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is the actual keeper of the Entity List and it released a statement that didn't mention Google by name noting that the BIS normally responds to "inquiries from companies regarding the scope of regulatory requirements". Up until now, Huawei has offered apps such as Facebook and Twitter pre-installed right out of the box. That would make the United States less dominant in those markets. But having one of the top two Android makers develop a Google-less Android is a nightmare scenario for Google. Internationally, it gets the Google Apps; in China, it gets a China-centric app selection.