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Huawei starts showing ads on lock screen without user consent

According to Android Police, ads for the hotel reservation site Booking.com are popping up on the lock screen of some Huawei smartphones. The smartphones that are reportedly showing such ads are the last year’s flagships Huawei P20 and P20 pro along with the latest P30 pro and others which also include Pro 20 Lite and Honor 10.

Users began complaining yesterday that ads from Booking.com have appeared on their phones. 9to5Google writes that a variety of phones appear to be displaying ads and that Huawei appears to have slipped them into the phone’s Magazine Unlock feature. This feature allows users to have a rotating set of images on their lock screen, which changes every time users unlock their phone.

Booking.com ads being displayed on Huawie's lock screen

“The ads are not initiated by Huawei. We encourage individuals to check app settings, or follow publicly available directions on how to remove lock screen ads,” Huawei said in a statement.

According to Huawei, the ads are stemming from some third-party services or apps, and not from Huawei itself. For comparison, Huawei pointed to a similar issue that had earlier affected Samsung phones about a year ago. That said, it doesn’t seem to add up — after all, the ads are being placed in Huawei’s Magazine cycle of wallpapers, and it seems highly coincidental that a number of Huawei phone owners would all experience the same issue on the same day, while those on other phones haven’t run into this problem.

However, if you too are a part of it, the only way to shut it down is to not use the pre-installed Huawei’s magazine wallpapers.

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