You can no longer sideload Google apps on Huawei Mate 30 series – Explained
Unveiled on September 19, Huawei Mate 30 series is the first Huawei flagship lineup that doesn’t come with Google’s official set of applications but a third-party solution called – lZPlay came in light to sideload these missing Google apps and service but now there’s a major development going on this story.
John Wu, one of Android’s leading security researchers and the creator of Magisk came up with his research about the anatomy of lZPlay app and how it’s able to sideload Google apps on Huawei smartphones.
Wu said the lZPlay app uses some special Android administrative permissions limited to Huawei smartphones. Although, two of the permissions are not documented on the official developers portal of Huawei and these two are mainly responsible to install Google Services and Play Store on Huawei smartphones.
Wu claims that such permissions are not available for General Developers and to acquire these permissions, the developer must need to submit its code to Huawei and the final call on the permission use can only be made by Huawei after a process of deep inspection.
On the other hand, Android Central reached the company and confirmed that the company has nothing to do with lZPlay application.
Following Wu’s operation crackdown, lZPlay.net website is down and its app is no longer functional as it was before. Another new thing noticed by Alex Dobie from Android Central that the Mate 30 Pro that has the Google apps installed is no longer pass SafetyNet tests.
Soooo uhh this is new.
Since today’s developments, Mate 30 Pro now fails SafetyNet. Last week it passed.
What the what pic.twitter.com/fPeaWUHD2v
— Alex Dobie (@alexdobie) October 1, 2019
SafetyNet is Google’s set of services and APIs that help protect your app against security threats, including device tampering, bad URLs, potentially harmful apps, and fake users.
Simply put, the lZPlay permissions pierces the SafetyNet of Mate 30 to install Google apps directly on the system image using the high level permissions (mentioned above).
Also noted by Damien Wilde from 9to5Google, Google Pay is no longer works on Mate 30 Pro, which was successful working.
So as per @alexdobie original tweet. Failed CTS check = no more Google Pay working. So I tested.
But considering this was working less than 2 days ago, this is not good. pic.twitter.com/0E8pGNtY97
— Damien Wilde (@iamdamienwilde) October 1, 2019
For now, Huawei Mate 30 series is not out for the global consumers and it’s only available in China, where it doesn’t require the GMS license.
So, global users (very few) who’ve purchased the Chinese variants of Mate 30 series and already installed Google apps using the lZPlay (scrapped Safetynet framework) needs to wait until Huawei starts to roll out the devices outside of China or provides an official solution install Google services or something similar that could help on this matter.
Huawei will open 100 new stores within 10 days in China
Huawei wants to expand its appearance once again in the consumer industry and the company has announced a new plan to grow in the country by opening 100 new stores within 10 days.
Huawei officially announced the launch of over 100 new stores across China and it will start to happen From March 30, 2023, to April 8, 2023. Within 10 days, Huawei will deploy all of these 100+ stores together.
During a special promo opening offer, Huawei will provide attendees with limited-time discounts and gifts. These stores will also bring new products for the consumers at first hand.
These new stores could derive from Huawei Smart Living Pavilion. This is a new step by Huawei to improve its offline retail stores. It has an ingenious design in terms of environment, display, vision, and smart experience.
It also creates a comfortable and modern experience space. Allowing consumers to experience the smart synchronization between all gadgets in multiple scenarios, and truly feel an “immersive + futuristic” Life.
Huawei promised that there will be more exciting activities inside the stores that will allure the customers.
Recently, Huawei announced new flagship devices – the Huawei P60 series and Mate X3 foldable phones. Packed with new camera technologies, powerful hardware, and eye-catching design, these smartphones bring an all-around experience.
The demand for the P60 and Mate X3 is hot and Huawei doesn’t want to miss the momentum. Therefore, promoting them offline will increase their reach.
Huawei is now also a car seller, the company is promoting cars with Huawei smart car technologies and helping them to gain new customers via its consumer devices stores. Interested people can go to the store and take a test drive or talk to the related in charge to know more about the vehicle.
Huawei already has many stores in China including experience centers. These provide various on-site solutions for existing devices and also information about the Huawei smart device ecosystem.
Huawei achieves chip manufacturing, start with 14nm chipset
Huawei leader Xu Zhijun brought us the good news that his company has achieved a breakthrough in chipset manufacturing and the company will kick off this journey with a 14nm chip node and above.
According to the information, the hardware development tool development team and the supported domestic partner made it possible to achieve a breakthrough at the root of the technology.
The team has introduced new architecture, released a cloud-native schematic diagram tool, created a high-speed and high-sensitive PCB layout too, and improved the 2D/3D CAD tool for structural design.
Huawei has developed a chip design EDA tool team alongside Chinese EDA companies to jointly create EDA tools required to process 14nanometer and above semiconductors.
The rotating chairman confirmed that the basic requirement of localizing these development EDA tools for 14nm and above will complete its comprehensive verification in 2023. In the past three years, Huawei has focused on three R&D production lines hardware development, software development, and chip development.
The Chinese tech maker has worked hard to build our tools and completed the replacement of 78 software/hardware development tools, ensuring the continuity of R&D operations.
Huawei said its software development tool is planning the entire operations since 2018. It moved to create a complete software toolchain from coding, compilation, testing, security, construction, and release to deployment and achieve the strategy of self-development.
Also to deliver joint research and development with partners to solve the tool continuity question. Huawei also has the strong support of over 100000 software engineers to provide external services based on Huawei Cloud to achieve internal and external consistency.
As of today, Huawei and its partners have released 11 product development tools and all of the partners are equally eligible to use the production line.
Currently, over 200,000 software developers and 197,000 hardware developers are using the tools developed by us or jointly developed with our partners every month. At the same time, 203 companies are willing to pay to use our software tools.
Xu Zhijun said that Have has made a lot of breakthroughs in product development tools over the years. However, the company still facing many challenges, and there are many product development tools that are yet to make breakthroughs.
This is amazing information coming from the company. Aside from mid-range and budget devices, Huawei can utilize the 14nm chip in network equipment and other products with low processing nodes.
Still, we have to wait for more inputs on this matter and the company’s plans for future manufacturing of the chipset.
Huawei will continue to sell smartphones in global markets
Global consumers are excited about the next Huawei smartphones and the company said it will continue to operate in the global market with smartphones and other new products.
Huawei Consumer Business Group COO, He Gang said that Huawei will keep releasing new smartphones, smartwatches, PCs, audio, and other smart products for global consumers.
The latest comment from the COO came during a media interview after the launch of the Huawei P60 series smartphones. He Gang also said that Huawei launched the latest flagship in Spring, which means its products are returning to normal and it’s good news for everyone.
Delayed in the past:
After the U.S. sanctions, Huawei was restricted from purchasing the required hardware technologies to build new smartphones and other devices. The low yield leads to the market share drop.
That’s why Huawei only launched one flagship, P50 Pro in 2021. The phone made it to the global market 6 months after in the first quarter of 2022. On the other hand, the last year’s Huawei Mate 50 Pro made its way to global consumers within 2 months.
These phones were launched without Google Mobile Services (GMS) and Play Store. Therefore, the sales volume in the overseas market remained invisible due to the GMS requirements. Another factor that hit Huawei phones is 5G connectivity. Still, Huawei managed to fill these downsides with new features and powerful camera technologies.
Aside from smartphones, Hauwei is continuously launching new smartwatches and earbuds devices for global customers and it has only increased.
According to the information, Huawei already announced Huawei P60 series will launch on May 9th in Munich and will be accompanied by Huawei Mate X3 and other products.