What you need to know
- In a new post, Google's Legal Director for Android and Google Play warned users against sideloading Google's apps on Huawei's latest phones.
- He noted that Huawei's latest phones were not Play Protect certified, and sideloading Google Mobile Services could pose a security threat.
- Huawei phones launched before May 16, 2019 will continue to be supported, however.
Following its addition to the U.S. Entity List, Huawei's partnership with Google for its phones all but ended. As a result, the Chinese smartphone maker could no longer ship its phones with Google's app store or the company's tailored suite of apps, such as Gmail, YouTube, and Maps, collectively known as Google Mobile Services (GMS).
The lack of these services has made Huawei's phones all but unrecommendable outside of China and dealt a significant blow to the company's aspirations of becoming the largest smartphone maker.
And while some users had initially gotten around these restrictions by sideloading GMS on newer phones like the Mate 30, the service providing that workaround was soon shut down and Google is now reminding users not to sideload GMS on their Huawei phones.
Google's Android and Play Legal Director, Tristan Ostrowski, said the following:
Ostrowski further clarified that Google only makes its core apps and services available for use on Play Protect certified devices. Since Google is no longer allowed to collaborate with Huawei, the Chinese company's phones are no longer certified and, therefore, ineligible for using GMS.
He also cautioned users that sideloading apps is a risky proposition as the apk containing the app may have been tampered with. "In addition sideloaded Google apps will not work reliably because we do not allow these services to run on uncertified devices where security may be compromised," he said.
Ostrowski noted, however, that Huawei phones sold before May 16, 2019 — the day Huawei was added to the Entity List — will continue to be supported by Google and have access to its suite of apps, as well as security updates.
Google apps? No those are developer's apps.
They're Google apps - the developers work for Google, they're paid by Google, the result of their labour belongs to Google.
and what's the difficult thing to understand that by google apps they mean google maps, youtube, Gmail, GBoard, google documents, etc and NOT the OTHER developers apps?!
We see how it goes. But I suspect other Chinese brands will grow instead of Huawei in Europe. Xiaomi are now avaible in carrier stores in Sweden for some time. And I think thats because of the situation with Huawei.
I dont say Huawei is doomed but they will have a hard time this year.
What I find incredible, Is the commentary against Huawei. The part about, "Huawei's partnership with Google" Ending, is especially ironic, As Huawei makes the Google Pixel phones.
Get the best of Android Central in in your inbox, every day!
Thank you for signing up to Android Central. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.