Google says Huawei's Android replacement could be dangerous to U.S. national security

Google says Huawei's Android replacement could be dangerous to U.S. national security
Looking for some U.S. company to defend it against the Trump administration, Huawei has found an ally in Google. The Financial Times reports that Google has complained to the White House that keeping Huawei away from its U.S. supply chain will be detrimental to U.S. national security. A trio of sources tells the publication that Google has asked the U.S. government for permission to continue supplying Huawei without having to obtain a license from authorities. Huawei's placement on the Commerce Department's Entity List means that it cannot obtain parts, components, and software from U.S. companies without a license issued by the United States government. President Donald Trump said that Huawei was put on the list because of security fears, but also said that the manufacturer could be used as a bargaining chip to get better terms out of China in any future trade talks between the two countries.

Google is worried about the Android alternative that Huawei claims it has already finished. The company is concerned that a forked version of Android created by Huawei would be more vulnerable to hackers than the Google Play services version of the software. Screenshots possibly showing the new operating system were discovered in a patent filing made by the company in Germany. One source familiar with the company's talks with the Trump administration tried to clarify what the fuss is about. He says that Google is concerned that there will be two versions of Android, the genuine Google licensed version and Huawei's "hybrid." The latter would contain more bugs making it a more receptive target for hackers.

China fights back with its own blacklist


The report says that Google has told the Trump administration that if it can't be exempted from the ban, it would like the current 90-day reprieve granted Huawei to be extended for a longer period of time. 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."


The whole uproar over Huawei is based on a law in China that allows the communist government to demand that Chinese companies gather intelligence on its behalf. U.S. 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. Huawei executives have always denied these charges.

Meanwhile, China has created its own blacklist containing the names of companies and individuals that won't do business with Chinese companies such as Huawei. While China has not yet announced which firms are on the list, it plans to do so in the near future. Google would be one of the companies that you would expect to be on this blacklist along with other outfits that have decided to cut ties with Huawei. China's Ministry of Commerce says that the list will include firms and individuals that "pose a threat or potential threat to (China's) national security," and that it will soon announce the names on the list and the measures that the country will take against them.

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17 Comments

1. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

- Google just worried that they might lost a few hundred-million users that curently use Huawei's phone. - If Huawei didn't sell any phones on U.S how could it "be dangerous to U.S. national security"? - It won't last long, since Trump will need to clean all this mess (He caused) before 2020 election.

4. blingblingthing

Posts: 962; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Because you're creating a void only Huawei can fill. The anti-huawei US stance means Apple and Samsung won't be filling the gaps, but rather a Chinese manufacturer. When Huawei returns with their use OS, they can because the 3rd most popular OS. You can check the story of the former IBM employees who later formed Intel. Grudges can create a new powerhouse.

14. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2359; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

While Huawei doesn't officially sell phones in the U.S., they are easily bought online by retailers like Amazon or eBay.

2. Demo-jay

Posts: 69; Member since: Feb 13, 2018

Google scared of competition hei...that’s more like it...china might force all Chinese smartphone makers to join Huawei..Samsung with zero competition on android will definitely bring in much of Tzen on board

3. Fred3

Posts: 521; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

All of this cause of tRUMP

6. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

So instead of blaming the Communist Chinese government for mandating that companies spy for it, you blame our only defender against the Communists take over... Makes total sense! You're so smart!

7. Fred3

Posts: 521; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

It's not really about companies spying, otherwise this would have happen along time ago. Use your brain. You're so smart....Doakie

11. BuffaloSouce unregistered

That's because people with no real argument use him as a scapegoat

13. Galen20K

Posts: 576; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Agreed, all of these Huawei Apologists and their insane viewpoints, are disgusting

16. mootu

Posts: 1517; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

And yet most of the world just views the US as a bunch of disgusting warmongering terrorists who cannot compete on an even level and have to resort to dirty tricks.

5. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

"A trio of sources tells the publication that Google has asked the U.S. government for permission to continue supplying Huawei without having to obtain a license from authorities." Instead of just begging for a license to work with Huawei they're asking to be exempted from the licensing requirement. How important does Google think it is? That's the stupidest thing I've read today.

8. jacky899

Posts: 430; Member since: May 16, 2017

The real threat is the US would not be able to easily spy on the world if people started using this new OS. The truth is as Edward Snowden leaked that the only backdoor ever found in Huawei equipment was planted by the NSA and that the US was spying on all countries using these Huawei equipment ncluding ally countries, and using it to perform malicious operations on government and civilian facilities and organizations.

9. YonnyMestampo

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 07, 2019

Just remember, if the US government don't want you to use a cetain device or go to a certain place, talk to certain people. Just do the contrary. You'll be more than ok.

10. Cyberchum

Posts: 1066; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

If anyone thinks the rest of the world would embrace whatever OS Huawei comes up with, you might be right. Outside of China, it'd struggle greatly. The only way I'm gonna use an OS birthed in China is if there's no other alternative left. They all spy, but, to me, it's about choosing the better of two bad options.

12. D34ever

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

Oh, dear. Google is spouting garbage again. Google is losing a big chunk of its revenue with Huawei gone. So does it come as a surprise that Google is "sticking up" for Huawei?

15. vickygamit

Posts: 52; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Thor : It is the signal to all the realms(smartphone manufacturers) that the Google is ready for a higher form of war(capable of destroying any smartphone manufacturer)

17. Habib111

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 12, 2019

Yeah threat to their DEEP POCKETS not national security the us government can ban Huawei in the us so what's the concern about security these people never speaks truth. It means the Google is a threat to every nation that uses it RIGHT!

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