Google warns users not to sideload Gmail and YouTube on Huawei devices

“Google Services would only work on those Huawei devices that were launched before May 16, 2019”

By now, it’s a known fact that Huawei phones no longer come with Google suite of apps, courtesy of the US government trade ban that restricted the US-based companies to work with the Chinese smartphone maker. In this regard, Google has now advised users not to sideload apps like Gmail, YouTube, and other apps from the company on new Huawei devices. “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,” Tristan Ostrowski, Android and Play Legal Director, said in a statement.

Sideloading won’t work swiftly on new Huawei devices since Google doesn’t allow its services to run on uncertified devices as security and privacy are at question

Under the US trade law, Google Services would only work on those Huawei devices that were launched before May 16, 2019. For this reason, the Chinese company has been rebranding its existing phones and introducing under different monikers. “Because of the government restrictions, new Huawei device models made available to the public after May 16, 2019, have not been able to go through the security process nor will they have Play Protect preloaded. As a result, they are considered ‘uncertified’ and will not be able to utilize Google’s apps and services,” Google noted.

Furthermore, sideloading won’t work swiftly on the said devices since Google doesn’t allow its services to run on uncertified devices as security and privacy are at question. Huawei, on the other hand, is committed to using its in-house Huawei Mobile Services even if the trade ban is lifted. HMS offers a suite of apps such as Huawei Mobile Cloud, Huawei AppGallery, Huawei Video, Huawei Browser, and more. Google is temporarily allowed to update the Android OS on the existing Huawei devices.