Google Warns Users Not to Sideload Apps on Huawei Devices

Josie Andres
Months after the US government banned Huawei to work with US companies, tech giant Google has finally addressed the issue regarding users sideloading its apps on Huawei devices.

Google Warns Users Not to Sideload Apps on Huawei Devices
Google Warns Users Not to Sideload Apps on Huawei Devices

On May 16, 2019, Huawei has been placed on the US government’s Entity List, prohibiting all US companies to team up with the Chinese mobile brand. With this move, Google is not allowed to work with Huawei on new device models, or provide its native apps like Gmail, Maps, YouTube, the Play Store, and others for preload or download on these devices.

However, some Huawei users still found its way to download Google apps through sideloading.

Now, Google has warned the public that sideloaded apps will not function reliably, as they don't allow these services to run on uncertified handsets “where security may be compromised.” The company also explained that sideloading Google apps has a high chance of installing an app that has been altered or tampered, which can risk user security.

Moreover, Google highlighted that its focus has always been to protect the security of Google users on the millions of existing Huawei devices around the world. After all, the company is still allowed to work with Huawei on device models available on or before May 16, 2019.

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“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,” Google noted.

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Source: Google

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