Google is warning Huawei mobile device owners not to sideload its in-house apps on their devices due to security and privacy concerns…
Huawei mobile device owners should think twice about sideloading any proprietary Google apps onto their handhelds, according to the tech company’s legal director. Google states that doing so can result in security and privacy issues.
Google Issues a Warning Against Sideloading its Proprietary Apps on Huawei Mobile Devices
Google warns that sideloading its apps on certain Huawei devices will not work with particular models. And that Google apps “will not work reliably” and are “not available for preload or sideload on new Huawei devices.”
For those unfamiliar, sideloading is the practice of installing applications on mobile devices outside their respective stores. For instance, installing an Android program from a source other than the Google Play Store.
Any apps installed outside the official store can’t be scrutinized by Play Protect and might contain security and/or privacy threats.
Tristan Ostrovski , Legal Director for Android and Play explains:
“Due to government restrictions, Google’s apps and services are not available for preload or sideload on new Huawei devices.
To protect user data privacy, security, and safeguard the overall experience, the Google Play Store, Google Play Protect, and Google’s core apps (including Gmail, YouTube, Maps, and others) are only available on Play Protect certified devices.”