In May 2019, the US Commerce Department added Huawei into Entity-List, which prohibits all US firms including Google from doing business with Huawei.
Google says, because of these restrictions, it cannot certify new Huawei devices with Google Mobile Services (GMS) or provide Google apps including Gmail, Maps, Youtube, Play Store and other to pre-install or sideload online.
Which devices are currently receiving Google support?
Google is continuously working with Huawei to provide security updates and updates to Google’s apps and services on existing devices launched before US Entity List (May 16, 2019), and Google will continue to do so as long as it is permitted.
There’s one thing to note that Huawei has also launched a few new devices after the US Entity List that supports GMS due to the “rebranding” of existing devices.
Why new devices doesn’t support Google applications?
Google said new Huawei devices will not support Google app due to Play Protect certificate, which is required to install the Google Play Store, Google Play Protect, and Google’s core apps (including Gmail, YouTube, Maps, and others).
New Huawei device models made available to the public after May 16, 2019, have not been able to go through a security process nor will they have Play Protect preloaded.
What about sideloading Google apps?
Sideloading Google’s apps also carry a high risk of installing an app that has been altered or tampered with in ways that can compromise user security.
What’s next for Huawei’s new smartphones?
As Huawei mentioned before, it’s preparing Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) to replace GMS on the global markets and new devices, launched post-U.S. Entity List, will come pre-installed with HMS and HMS applications.
HMS incorporates Huawei’s chip, device and cloud capabilities, including a full portfolio of HMS Core services and related IDE tools platforms for development and testing, along with key applications for Huawei devices.
The absence of GMS means that Huawei phones equip apps such as Huawei AppGallery, Huawei Assistant and Huawei Browser, Huawei Cloud, Huawei Wallet, and Huawei Video, Huawei Music and Huawei Reader.