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Google prohibits Huawei customers from sideloading apps like Gmail and YouTube

Google clarifies users against sideloading apps on Huawei devices

On Friday evening, Google cleared the air regarding its current situation with Huawei. It can be recalled that during the previous year, the US government had sought a ban on the Chinese hardware firm by restricting US-based companies to work with Huawei. Tristan Ostrowski, the legal director for Android and Google Play, had even stated via a post that none of the Google apps like Gmail, YouTube, Maps, and even the Play Store would be available on any of the Huawei phones and devices. This post was noticed by 9to5Google.

Now, after all of this has happened, Google still feels that there is some sort of confusion amongst the masses on how all this entire thing would go about. There are many people out there who are not yet sure on which all Google products would be affected owing to this ban.

According to Google, many queries are being raised on the availability of Google’s apps and features on the latest Huawei devices. These refer to the latest Huawei models being launched now, or the ones that were available after May 16, 2019, but are available now in some places across the world. Google has come forward to provide a clear picture of this situation so that all doubts pertaining to the same are sorted out.

The article is pretty clear on what Google plans to do. It has stated what it feels about the entire Huawei saga. Ostrowski has gone on to state that, “Our focus has been protecting the security of Google users on the millions of existing Huawei devices around the world. We have continued to work with Huawei, in compliance with government regulations, to provide security updates and updates to Google’s apps and services on existing devices, and we will continue to do so as long as it is permitted.”

It would go about like this-Huawei products that have been launched on or prior to May 16, 2019, are liable to receive Google updates. However, for products that have arrived beyond the specified date, these Google updates would not be applicable as these devices are considered “uncertified.” The reason being that these devices have not undergone any rigorous security checks, nor do they have the Google Play Protect software installed within them. This software has the ability to detect any kind of hardware malfunction within the device. 

Google also has another piece of advice for its customers. It says that customers holding the latest Huawei devices should refrain from sideloading Gmail, YouTube, the Google Play Store, or for that matter, any other Google software into these “uncertified” devices. Customers doing so may do it at their own risk. This is because there is no guarantee on whether the downloaded software is original or it contains any sort of malware. 

In short, Google has specified that sideloaded apps would not be of any use. Doing so may even threaten device safety and security features. Sideloaded apps may also tamper with user security.

Finally, Ostrowski has concluded the post by providing a method on how to check whether the Android device has been certified. He recommends the following steps:

  1. Go to the Google Play Store.
  2. Go to Menu->>Settings.

At this juncture, one can know whether the device has been certified under the “Play Protect Certification.” 

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