Google warns users not to side load apps on Huawei devices

By Xite - February 24, 2020
The Trump Administration has targeted Huawei saying that Huawei products pose a threat to national security and its networking equipment could be used for espionage by the Chinese government. Huawei h....

After the US Commerce Department put Huawei on ‘Entity List’, which banned the Chinese telecommunications giant to do business with US companies. Google stopped supporting Android on Huawei’s smartphones.

While Google will continue to work with Huawei in compliance with government regulations to provide security and other necessary updates to Google’s apps and services on existing devices (purchased on or before May 16, 2019), a new statement by Google has stated that it has been prohibited from working with Huawei on new device models from Huawei or to provide application support on the new smartphones. The apps include Gmail, Maps, Play Store, YouTube that generally came preloaded on these devices.

‘The sideloaded Google apps will not work reliably because we do not allow these services to run on uncertified devices where security may be compromised. Sideloading Google’s apps also carries a high risk of installing an app that has been altered or tampered with in ways that can compromise user security,’ said the statement by Google.

Google has also warned users not to side load apps on Huawei devices.

And to reduce its reliance on Google mobile services (GMS), Huawei after the ban extensively worked on its Huawei Mobile Services aka HMS which the company claims would be an alternative to GMS in order to reduce its reliance on Google.

In January, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has said he is more than ‘confident’ that the company can ‘survive further attacks’ from the US and the impact on its business will be minimal.

Last year, at its Developer Conference, Huawei launched a new microkernel-based, distributed operating system called the HarmonyOS, which the company will use extensively in smart watches, smart screens, in-vehicle systems, and smart speakers.


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