Google has been restricted to work with Huawei ever since the Chinese company was blacklisted by the US last year. Since then Huawei phones have been coming without any support for Google services or apps, leaving users to sideload them through APKs (Android Package Kits) from third party websites.
Google has now published an official warning against users that sideload apps on newer Huawei phones, saying that these apps may not work reliably since they are open to tampering.
The article comes from Tristan Ostrovski, Legal Director for Android and Google Play who has warned users about the inherent dangers of sideloading apps and services on recent Huawei phones. It says that any Huawei devices released after May 16, 2019, have not received Play Protection certification that can detect when hardware has been compromised.
This means that sideloaded apps on these phones are not reliable and carry a high-security risk since they are open to alteration and tampering.
However, most Huawei devices currently available in the market are luckily still in full compliance with Google’s Play Protect software, meaning that they will continue to get security updates and support “as long as Google is permitted to do so”.
Huawei has constantly been receiving temporary ban waivers that allow the company to trade with US entities to a limited amount, but there is no telling whether the 45-day extension it received last week will be its last.
Huawei commented to the development and said:
Protecting the privacy and security of our users is Huawei’s top priority.
AppGallery is a top platform for Huawei users to access secure and high-quality apps. We encourage our users to explore apps through AppGallery or other secure channels.
Huawei is working with global app developers, through different initiatives, to continuously improve user experience.
Being a great fan of Huawei Technologies technological excellence, innovation despite the issues with Google and Hong Meng OS.
My country Pakistan has given tremendous applause to Huawei so that today its the leading brand product, model, OS, in Pakistan not only in retail but in among the ISP’s, telcos., terminal products, IPTV STB, G-Pon routers, etc., etc.
Today at the point of Hong Meng OS, Huawei has not shared its experience with the students, NGO’s, academic institutions, schools, colleges, SMB, corporate sector etc.
Huawei should share its excellence with Pakistan particularly in AI, development, networks upgradation as G-Pon, etc., etc.
At this difficult time of Corona Virus in China, Huawei should continue its products assembly, manufacturing, packing and international access from Pakistan as FoxConn., the US outsourcing group.
Pakistan is a very safe reliable source for Huawei than any other partner in the world.
Huawei should consider it seriously, hopefully our Government will also be supportive and coperative to Huawei partnership from Pakistan in difficult times, utilising the CEPAK network for exports and international markets.
Suggest Huawei should offer the new Hong Meng model Handset at promotional price directly to customer at the lowest price to experiment.
Huawei should launch the Hong Meng set to Pakistan students, professionals, businesses, hobbyist, and all to experieence the new OS.