Google blocks Huawei from using android

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  1. sir_bazz

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    If I'd purchased a bargain PC running a Chinese copy of Windows, the first thing I'd do is format it and clean install an OS.
    Bargain Chinese phones I treat the same way.

    Point being that I wouldn't buy a Chinese phone either, unless it was well supported by the custom ROM developer scene.
     
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  3. DivHunter

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    Nope
     
  4. sir_bazz

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    OnePlus 6T or 7 Pro ?
     
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    If I purchase a bargain PC running anything the first thing I'd do is format it and clean install an OS. Chinese or not makes zero difference. Same with phones.
     
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  6. DivHunter

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    To prevent people listing all the Chinese phones they can think of I have a Note 8. Like I said nothing really protects you from dodgy Chinese parts but buying cheaper Chinese models certainly leaves you more exposed.

    On iPhones; I just don't buy Apple products, I use some through work but I don't buy them for myself.
     
  7. JSmithDTV

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    LoL, find me one without a Chinese component.


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  8. sir_bazz

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    Which can be circumvented by wiping and installing a trusted ROM.

    I get your point though, and even share some of your concerns. But those concerns can be removed fairly easily by anyone who has just a smidgen of technical nouse.

    Infact in some cases, the installation of a custom ROM can ensure the device still receives regular security updates years after the manufacturer has officially abandoned the device.

    I'd happily choose a cheap Chinese device with a clean custom rom and the latest security update, over an ex flagship device that no longer receives software updates or support.
     
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    Read the link I posted, custom rom won't always help you.
     
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    Read the link when you first posted it but only skimmed one of the linked articles.

    The only reference I found to custom ROMs was a supposition by the author of the linked avast blog, on how infection may have occured. However no supporting evidence was suggested or provided.

    https://blog.avast.com/android-devices-ship-with-pre-installed-malware

    Looking at the affected devices list,
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1RXkReFfgyBhri-B5ZFsTPk8asRLi_MKtFQnbDYhpf50/htmlview
    yes they are all? cheap Chinese handsets but in addition, nearly all utilise MediaTek SoCs and were missing Play Protect Certification.

    My understanding is that Custom ROM support for devices sporting MediaTek SoCs is close to zero due to that manufacturer refusing to release their source code and why I rightly or wrongly, avoid MediaTek based devices.
    But I think this alone makes it somewhat unlikely that custom ROMs contributed to the issue. It just doesn't sound plausible given the list of devices affected and the lack of developer interest in them.

    But rather than turn this thread into a discussion of open source vs closed source, I'll just leave it at that.
     
  11. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    In a way they are all spying on you anyways, Privacy is a myth.
     
  12. DivHunter

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    Others are at least less likely to embed malware.
     
  13. koss

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    I thought the US bans don't take effect for 3 years, is that not the case?
     
  14. JSmithDTV

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    Why do you think that? o_O


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    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    I'm not so sure either. They are all trying to mine as much info and cross app info as they can.
     
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    Yep... it was always about pressure on a trade deal;

    Trump -

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  18. MR CHILLED

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    So people should stop selling their phones then? :leet:
     
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    No, I encourage everyone to sell their Huawei's as cheap as possible...lol

    Especially any Mate 20's out there??
     
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    Still seeing a few people selling their Mate 20 Pros on FB for cheapish ($550). Might be tempting for some.
     

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