While huawei has shifted away from google's android platform, older smartphone models from the company still feature the operating system. But now, Some users are reporting that their Huawei phones are branding the Google app as dangerous.
Huawei phones list the Google app as a security risk
On Reddit, owners of older Huawei smartphones have begun considering the Google app as a “High” security risk. One Redditor claimed that the company's high end P30 flagship phone warned the user about the app. They received a notification that stated “Security threat. Google appears to be affected. Immediate uninstallation is advised.” This alert prompt was paired with a pop up screen, which recommended the users to uninstall this application.
The P30 owner scanned his device but found no signs of virus infection. Similarly, another Reddit user got a similar message on the Huawei P30 Lite. The Google app is apparently being classified as malware by the Huawei smartphones. The devices consider the Google app as a TrojanSMS-PA virus. For those unaware, the Trojan program is a malware, which disguises itself as a legitimate app to trick users into installing the software. Once such dangerous apps are installed on your mobile device, the malware is tasked with stealing login information that is used to open banking and financial apps.
The goal is to get into the victim's bank account to steal money. The Huawei phones warned that “This app was detected sending SMS privately, enticing users to pay with adult content, downloading/installing apps privately, or stealing private information, which may cause property damage and privacy leakage. We recommend uninstalling it immediately.” It is unclear if this is a bug or whether Google's software on Huawei is performing tasks that it doesn't have permission for.