Google warns Huawei users against sideloading its apps

According to Google, it may post a security risk.

Google issued a support article that explains the current Huawei situation. The spotlight of the article is that sideloading Google apps on “uncertified” Huawei phones could pose a security risk.

Google warns Huawei users against sideloading its apps
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Tristan Ostrowski, legal director for Android and Google Play, wrote in a post: “Google is prohibited from working with Huawei on new device models or providing Google’s apps including Gmail, Maps, YouTube, the Play Store and others for preload or download on these devices.”

The said article includes some of Google’s most direct comments on the Huawei drama. The search giant company is keeping its opinions on whether or not Huawei poses any threat to US national security, which intelligence agencies and lawmakers are hell-bent on believing.

Google said: “We have continued to receive a number of questions about new Huawei devices (e.g., new models launching now, or earlier models launched after May 16, 2019, but now becoming available in new regions of the world) and whether Google’s apps and services can be used on these devices. We wanted to provide clear guidance to those asking these important questions.”

Huawei products that were released on or before May 16th, 2019 will continue to get Google’s updates but it isn’t certain. Any products released after the date is acknowledged uncertified because Google wasn’t able to put those devices through its rigorous security checks. It couldn’t even preload them with Google Play Protect software, which can detect when hardware has been compromised.

Google further added: “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 carry a high risk of installing an app that has been altered or tampered with in ways that can compromise user security.”


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