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Think twice before you Huawei

by Amal Varghese

Google finally confirms its stand on their growing tension with Huawei through an Android Community Help Answers. In 2019, the United States (US) Government barred the US Companies from being associated with Chinese mobile manufacturers like Huawei and ZTE.

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Since then, Huawei users were puzzled with Android’s take on this restriction. Finally Google clarified that the Google Play Protect is available only on certified devices and Huawei does not qualify this status anymore. According to the current law in US, Google is only permitted to support Huawei devices that were manufactured or released before May 16, 2019.

Devices released after May 16, 2019, particularly Huawei Mate 30 Pro will not be receiving any updates or can enjoy any Google services. This mean that the Google Play Store, Google Play Protect, and Google’s core apps including Gmail, YouTube, Maps, and others will not be accessible on a Huawei device.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

“To protect user data privacy, security, and safeguard the overall experience, the Google Play Store, Google Play Protect, and Google’s core apps (including Gmail, YouTube, Maps, and others) are only available on Play Protect certified devices”
Android’s clarification

Google also mentions a disaproval of sideloading any Google app on Huawei devices. Android & Play legal director Tristan Ostrowski stated that Google can’t certify new Huawei phones, due to the ban, and cited the risk of compromised security either in the devices or via an app that has been tampered with.

Sideloading is a technical term where an app is forced to be installed in a device using some unofficial mean like sharing of app installation file etc.

Amongst all the recent turmoil Huawei’s upcoming concept foldable phone Mate X with Huawei Kirin 980 is expected to launch late February or early March.

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