“Google cannot collaborate with Huawei to provide Google applications in new device models, including Gmail, Maps, YouTube and Play Store, among others, for pre-download or upload to these devices,” said the press release, written by the legal director of the Android system and Google Play Tristan Ostrowski, according to a press release published by 9to5Google.
According to the press release from the American giant, there is still a lot of confusion about the Google products that are banned on Huawei devices.
The release says the reason for the announcement is that the company is receiving a number of questions about new Huawei devices (such as new models that are launched now or previous ones that were launched after May 16, 2019, but now available in new regions of the world), and whether or not Google apps and services can be used on these devices. The company, therefore, wanted to provide clear advice to those asking these important questions.
The company avoids reporting any information about the possibility or ability of Huawei to threaten U.S. national security, which has been insisted by U.S. intelligence agencies and lawmakers as the reason for the ban.
“Our goal was to protect the security of Google users for the millions of existing Huawei devices around the world,” Ostrowski said in the release. “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 devices, and will continue to do so as long as it is permitted”, he added.
Analysts believe Huawei products released no later than May 16, 2019, may continue to receive these updates for the time being. But any product that came later was “ineligible” because Google was unable to subject these devices to “strict” security checks or preloaded using Google Play Protect, which can detect when the devices have been compromised.
But Google has a warning for customers who have newer Huawei products, as it said in its statement, “Don’t try to marginalize Gmail, YouTube, PlayStore or other Google software on these unconfirmed devices. Because the company cannot guarantee that it is free from malware. “
According to the release, Google applications downloaded externally will not work reliably as the company does not allow these services to run on unauthorized devices where security may be threatened.
Google is trying to avoid the political aspect of this case, but it is trying to dissuade people from illegally downloading its software on new Huawei devices.
Ostrowski concludes the statement by detailing how to know if the Android device you are using has been certified under Google Play protection by saying: “To check whether your device is certified or not, open the Google Play Store app on your Android phone, click on the menu, look for the parameters, You will know if your device is certified under certificate protection.