Google advises consumers Against sideloading its Apps

Google has issued a warning for customers with newer Huawei products not to sideload its apps.  This includes Gmail, YouTube, the Play Store, or other related software.

Due to the ongoing US ban, the company has been prohibited from working with Huawei. This means the newest Huawei devices do not access to Google Apps.

“New Huawei device models made available to the public after May 16, 2019, have not been able to go through the security process. They will not  Play Protect preloaded. As a result, they are considered “uncertified,” thus will not utilize Google’s apps and services.

The US government only issued temporary general licenses that permit Google to work with Huawei on security updates for existing device models only.

In the statement, Google warns its, users, against sideloading android apps onto those uncertified devices noting that it cannot guarantee safety.

Google recommends that users should not sideload its apps and services due to a “high risk of installing an app that has been altered or tampered with in ways that can compromise user security.” Besides safety concerns, Google cannot guarantee reliable user experience.

The statement comes as Google has received “questions about new Huawei devices.” Specifically, about how it’s possible to unofficially access via sideloading the apps and services on those uncertified phones and tablets.

According to 9to5Google blog. Google is concerned about the average buyer of a new Huawei device wanting to access familiar Android apps. In turning to online guides about sideloading its services. There is a worry that the unofficial sources of those downloads could be malicious. Also, high chances of regular users not being able to understand the user risks involved.

In addition, sideloaded apps will not work reliably. Google does not allow these services to run on uncertified devices where security may be compromised. Sideloading the apps carry a high risk of installing an app that has been altered or tampered with. They can as well compromise user security.



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