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Google warns Huawei owners against 'sideloading' its apps

BBC Technology 24 Feb 2020 12:28
This photo illustration shows a Huawei P30 with Google play apps superimposedImage copyright Getty Images

Google has warned people not to circumvent the ban on Google apps that affects newer Huawei phones.

Recent Huawei devices cannot download the Google Play app store or hugely popular apps such as Gmail, YouTube, or Google Maps.

Android phones allow users to install apps from unverified sources, however.

But now, Google has warned this "sideloading" - manually installing app files found online - is "high risk", as the files may have been tampered with.

CCS Insight analyst Ben Wood said Google was right to warn people the practice was "risky".

"Unless you are 100% certain about the integrity of the app, it is not a risk worth taking," he said.

What did Google say about it apps?

The restrictions on Google apps date back to May 2019, when the US government placed Huawei on a trading restrictions database called the "entity list".

That restricts what kind of deals US businesses - such as Google - can do with the company.

But the situation remained that " Google's apps and services are not available for preload or sideload" on those phones.

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