Google Tells New Huawei Device Users Not to Sideload Its Apps 1

Google revealed a help article on Friday clarifying that was nonetheless working with Huawei to present safety and app updates to older units. New units, nonetheless, wouldn’t have entry to Google apps and providers.
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Google needs to clear issues up for Huawei gadget customers: Google’s apps and providers can’t be preloaded on new Huawei units and will not be obtainable due to U.S. authorities restrictions. If customers attempt to obtain Google apps and providers by a aspect door, or primarily obtain them from someplace aside from the Play Store, unhealthy issues can occur.

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The firm revealed this info in a help article for its Android Help Community, titled “Answering your questions on Huawei devices and Google,” on Friday. It mentioned that it had continued to obtain many questions on whether or not Google providers may work on new Huawei units, and due to this fact needed to supply steerage. The U.S. authorities banned Google, and all American firms, from doing enterprise with Huawei in May of final 12 months due to nationwide safety issues.

In the article, Google said that it has continued to work with Huawei to present safety updates and updates to Google’s apps and providers on Huawei gadget fashions obtainable to the general public on or earlier than May 16, 2019. That’s when the corporate was positioned on the Entity List, the U.S. authorities’s blacklist. The U.S. authorities has issued momentary basic licenses that enable Google to collaborate with Huawei on these fashions.

Google mentioned that it might proceed to present updates to the Huawei units talked about above “as long as it is permitted.”

The firm can not present updates to new Huawei units made obtainable after May 16, 2019. These new fashions will not be licensed Play Protect units, or units which might be vetted by Google to guarantee they’re safe, and they don’t have the Play Protect software program preloaded. Google’s Play Protect software program is built-in malware safety for Android.

“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,” wrote Tristan Ostrowski, Android and Play authorized director.

“Play Protect certified devices go through a rigorous security review and compatibility testing process, performed by Google, to ensure user data and app information are kept safe. They also come from the factory with our Google Play Protect software, which provides protection against the device being compromised.”

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However, there may be one other means to get Google apps and providers. This known as sideloading, or downloading an app from some place aside from the Play Store. In the article, Google advises customers not to do that, for their very own safety.

“In addition, sideloaded Google apps won’t work reliably as a result of we don’t enable these providers to run on uncertified units the place safety could also be compromised. Sideloading Google’s apps additionally carries a excessive threat of putting in an app that has been altered or tampered with in methods that may compromise person safety.”

Unfortunately for Huawei gadget customers, the scenario between the U.S. and Huawei doesn’t appear to be getting any higher. The U.S. authorities has lately claimed that it has proof that Huawei has “again doorways” built-in that enable it to spy on cell phone networks using Huawei tools. It additionally charged Huawei with three new crimes: conspiracy to steal commerce secrets and techniques, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and racketeering conspiracy.

At least for now, it seems like new Huawei gadget customers could have to get used to residing life with out Google.

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