Sideloading Google apps will seriously compromise the security of your device
Google has come out and published a support article that’s aimed at clarifying the ongoing situation with the trade ban and Huawei. In case you’ve been living under a rock or just woke up from a coma, the US government last year barred companies based in the US from working with Chinese companies over concerns about “national security”. One of those companies is Huawei and by association, Honor as well.
Our focus has been protecting the security of Google users on the millions of existing Huawei devices around the world. 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. To be clear: US law currently allows Google to only work with Huawei on device models available to the public on or before May 16, 2019.
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.
The company’s article doesn’t actually weigh in on whether or not Huawei poses a threat to national security, but it is Google’s most direct comments on the whole Huawei debacle yet. If you’re wondering if your Huawei/Honor device will stop getting updates from Google, rest easy. Only Huawei products released after May 16th, 2019 will be considered as “uncertified,”. This essentially means that it’ll come without the Google Play Protect software, which can detect if and when your hardware has been compromised.
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.
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 carries a high risk of installing an app that has been altered or tampered with in ways that can compromise user security.
If you have no idea if your phone is certified or not, open the Google Play Store app on your Android phone, tap ‘Menu’ and look for ‘Settings.’ You will see if your device is certified under ‘Play Protect certification.’ You can read the full support article HERE.
Would you guys still purchase Huawei/Honor devices? If your answer is yes, let us know why!