Published: Sun, June 16, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Huawei Starts Showing Ads on Smartphone Lock Screens

Huawei Starts Showing Ads on Smartphone Lock Screens

The ads don't seem to be limited to a certain region or country - they're appearing on devices in the UK, Netherlands, Ireland, South Africa, Norway, and Germany, at the very least. This functionality from Huawei appears to have spotted a revenue making opportunity.

In a reply to one user, Huawei's German Twitter account apologized, saying "I'm sorry that you think we want to advertise", and said that users could deactivate the advertisement by swiping up on the screen and going into settings to delete the individual image, something that Reddit users found worked, in spite of the fact that it's a manual procedure. All you need to know is to change your lock screen wallpaper to literally anything else.

The business has not issued a statement on the matter.

The ads shown on the phone's lockscreen are all from Booking.com. Though lock screens ads aren't unheard of, they usually only appear from either malware or third-party apps the user must deliberately install and enable.

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If you've been affected by these lockscreen ads, follow the process above to get rid of them, and we understand they won't be coming back.

It is only impacting users who are using the pre-installed wallpapers of what used to simply be pretty scenery shots.

Some Huawei smartphone owners have reported the appearance of advertisement on their handset's lock screen.

Huawei has come under fire in the USA recently: The Trump administration recently blacklisted the company, banning US firms from selling parts or software to it (or buying from it) without prior permission from the government. There's really no excuse, however, to place ads on high-end, expensive phones that customers are paying for - and we wouldn't be surprised to see customers turn away from Huawei for implementing things like this. For instance, Amazon is known for serving ads on Prime-exclusive phones, but in return, users get a discount on the phone as well. For instance, Xiaomi is known for placing ads on its phones, and the company is open about it as well.

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