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HUAWEI phones warn users that Google Allo is malware

Two of our HUAWEI phones have warned us that Google Allo is a security threat and needs to be removed.

Published onJanuary 2, 2020

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Google killed its Allo messaging app back in 2018, almost two years after the app first debuted. The app doesn’t work any more, but some people might still have it installed on their phones.

Now, it looks like some HUAWEI phones have started to mark Google Allo as a security threat, with a prompt telling users that the shuttered app is “infected” and needs to be uninstalled. Check out the warnings below.

We first saw the issue on a HUAWEI P20 Pro, but we’ve also been able to replicate the issue on the Mate 20 Pro by simply sideloading the Allo app.

It’s unclear if this is an error on HUAWEI’s part or if the OEM’s security suite explicitly issued the alert due to Allo being shut down. We’ve contacted HUAWEI for a response and will update the article when we receive one.

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