Google warns US govt of security implications over ban on Huawei

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Search engine giants, Google has warned the White House that it will compromise national security if it goes ahead with imposing trade restrictions on Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer Huawei, said a media report.

While exhorting the Donald Trump administration to allow it to export software and services to Huawei, Alphabet-owned Google said that it would be more dangerous, if the Chinese company develops its own operating system for smartphones, reported Financial Times, citing three people briefed on the conversations.

“Google argues a Huawei-modified version of Android would be more susceptible to being hacked,” said the FT report.

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Google is worried it would not be allowed to update its Android operating system on Huawei smartphones, which it said would prompt the Chinese company to develop its own version of the software.

According to Google, there are about 2.5 billion active Android devices worldwide. In the second quarter of last year, nearly 88 per cent of all smartphones sold were using the Android operating system, according to Statista.

Google said that by stopping it from doing business with Huawei, the US risks creating two kinds of Android operating system – the genuine version and a hybrid one, said the FT report, adding, “The hybrid one is likely to have more bugs in it than the Google one, and so could put Huawei phones more at risk of being hacked, not least by China.”

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