Huawei's lock screens unexpectedly turn into advertisements

Huawei's lock screens unexpectedly turn into advertisements

Huawei's lock screens unexpectedly turn into advertisements

Huawei has had a rough few months, and things appear to be getting worse as multiple reports across the web claim the Chinese manufacturer has now pushed ads to the lock screens of its phones without alerting users, or asking for permission.

The only way to get rid of the advertising is to not use the built-in magazine background images.

Amid dealing with the U.S. trade ban, Huawei found some time to cause itself another headache, and decided that the best thing to do to win over the hearts and minds of its loyal customers was ... to display unsolicited advertising on their expensive smartphones.

Precisely, users report that ads from Booking.com have practically taken over the lock screen of a group of Huawei devices including top of the range Huawei P30 Pro, P20, P20 Pro, P20 Lite, P10 Lite as well as Honor 10.

Huawei's official German Twitter account also tweeted a half apology.

But in a statement provided to DT, Huawei says it's not the one to blame for the ads.

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A large number of people on social media are reporting that advertisements, specifically for hotel booking service Booking.com, are appearing on their Huawei phones.

Huawei's reputation is already suffering from accusations that it could be pressured by the Chinese government to conduct surveillance on foreign users.

Although having ads pop up on users' smartphones is in a different league to spyware, customers are sure to be concerned by the practice.

We approached Huawei for comment, but the company remained quiet at the time, so we went ahead and published our story.

Editor's Note: Updated at 11:45 a.m. ET with comment from Huawei.

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