Facebook suspends pre-installs of apps on new Huawei devices

Google Banning Huawei Could Be A'US National Security RISK

Huawei now has a three-month general licence to continue using the Google-certified version of Android, but the future is uncertain for the company once this ends - forcing the company to make alternative arrangements. This will allow Huawei to make alternate arrangements before the ban is completely in effect starting August 19. This has forced Huawei to develop its own OS. For example, Huawei says it sold more than 350 million phones in the last 2 years, and half of them were shipped to buyers in western markets.

The Commerce Department last month effectively barred US companies from selling their technology to Huawei and other Chinese firms without government approval.

Should the dust settle between the USA and China and a trade treaty is reached, Huawei will have something of a strong OS outside of Android that it can market to consumers instead of Google's Android.

The screenshots purported to be from Huawei's new OS were sent to us by email by the folks at Techno Codex.

Xiang Ligang, director-general of the Information Consumption Alliance, said Google's argument is motivated by concerns that Huawei's self-developed operating system will reduce Android's dominance in the global smartphone market. Perhaps Google doesn't want Huawei owning its own OS because that will, in turn, hurt Android sales in countries outside of China.

On the other hand, the news of Huawei developing its own OS has forced Google to warn the United States government of the possible security risks.

The Trump administrator banned US-based companies and technologies from getting involved with the Chinese telecom giant. It will also lose access to Play Store and other Google apps.

Meanwhile, there are a variety of IoT devices that will use the Hongmeng OS similar to how Android runs on many connected devices other than smartphones. According to one FT source, the central point of the argument is that Huawei would be forced to fork Android into a "hybrid" version that would be "more at risk of being hacked, not least by China".

In the wake of Huawei being added to the list, Google has barred Huawei from receiving some updates to Android, announcing that it is "complying with the order and reviewing the implications".

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