Huawei flags this app as a Google trojan
In recent weeks, Huawei phone users began reporting that their devices were flagging the Google app as a virus. The issue was widespread, affecting users of all Huawei and Honor devices, regardless of the model or Android version.
The virus warning was being generated by the Optimizer app, a pre-installed app on Huawei devices that is used to scan for and remove malware. The Optimizer app identified the Google app as a Google trojan, specifically TrojanSMS-PA.
TrojanSMS-PA is a type of malware that can send premium-rate SMS messages without the user's knowledge or consent. This can result in significant financial losses for the victim.
The fact that the Google app was being flagged as a virus by Huawei phones caused widespread concern among users. Many people were unsure whether it was safe to continue using the Google app on their devices.
Why is Huawei seeing the app as a Google trojan?
It is not clear what caused them to flag the Google app as a Google trojan. However, it is possible that there was a conflict between the two apps.
The Google app is a complex system that includes a variety of different components. It is possible that the Optimizer app misinterpreted one of these components as a virus.
What did Huawei and Google do to fix the issue?
Huawei and Google were both not quick to respond to the issue. While Huawei users are still waiting for an explanation, it is possible that the smartphone manufacturer will soon release an update for the Huawei Optimizer app.
What should Huawei phone users do?
Huawei phone users should make sure that they have the latest version of the Optimizer app installed on their devices. They can check for updates by going to the AppGallery and searching for "Optimizer".
Users should also make sure that they have the latest version of the Google app installed on their devices. They can check for updates by going to the Google Play Store and searching for "Google".
Perhaps a remnant of the past
This, of course, reminds us of Huawei's relationship with Google. Huawei's ban from the US market is a complex issue with a number of different factors at play. One of the key factors is the US government's concern that Huawei's equipment could be used by the Chinese government for espionage.
Huawei has denied these allegations, but the US government has remained unconvinced. In 2019, the US government added Huawei to its Entity List, which effectively bans US companies from doing business with Huawei.
This ban has had a significant impact on Huawei's business, particularly its smartphone division. Huawei has been unable to access US technology and components, which has made it difficult to develop and manufacture new smartphones.
It's not a good idea to look for ulterior motives, and given that the two companies haven't worked together for a long time, the Google trojan bug was most likely not "intentional". But when has the tech world ever said no to a little drama?Advertisement