Since May of last year, every new Huawei-branded smartphone has been forced to launch without access to Google’s popular online apps and services. This is due to a current US trade ban that prevents US companies from doing business with the company, which will also be removed from the UK’s 5G infrastructure in the months and years to come. The block has left all the new Huawei gadgets, such as the new Huawei P40 Pro, released without Gmail, Google Photos, Google Maps, YouTube and the all-important Play Store, which gives phone owners access to Snapchat, Facebook, WhatsApp. , Netflix, and thousands of other apps, games, eBooks, and songs.
Worse yet, it now appears that owners of phones launched before the lockdown, such as the popular Huawei P30 Pro series, could also soon be affected by the Android ban.
Until last week, Google had obtained a special license allowing it to broadcast updates to older devices. But, as the Washington Post reports, that license has now expired, potentially leaving Huawei owners without vital Android updates to protect devices.
Google regularly releases bug fixes and security upgrades that all device owners are welcome to download. Without these software fixes, phones can become much more vulnerable and they also won’t receive new features that the US tech giant could have run on.
It’s also of concern that all Huawei devices face the same block of Google services, leaving phones without access to an array of apps and the Play Store.
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Huawei appears to be aware of the situation and “is monitoring and assessing the potential impact.” We’ll have to wait for official confirmation from Huawei or Google to find out for sure what’s going on, but the Washington Post’s initial report looks pretty damning.
In February, Google released a statement saying it was happy to continue working with Huawei with the company, saying, “We have continued to work with Huawei, in accordance with government regulations, to provide security updates and updates to Google applications and services on existing sites. devices, and we will continue to do so for as long as it is permitted. “
Speaking to the Washington Post last week, Google spokesman Jose Castaneda said it was the temporary general license that allowed the company to send these updates. It’s unclear what’s going on now and if the P30 Pro and the owners of other older handsets are now up for a tough race.
Huawei is doing its best to make it easier for those who buy a device without Google service.
The Chinese company now has its own app store which continues to grow almost daily and there is also the recently released Petal Search – Find Apps service.
This option will now automatically browse the web for all available apps for the Huawei P40 Pro. This search includes many third-party stores as well as everything in the Huawei app gallery. So even if the messaging app or game has not yet launched in the app gallery, but is available for download from the developer’s website or other online Android app repository, Petal Search should display a download link with a single click.