Google will prevent smartphones and tablets that are not licensed to use Google Mobile Services (GMS) from using another of its communication services and applications. For users of Huawei mobile devices it will be more of a frustration.
The move will affect any and all Huawei smartphones released after May 2019 on the market, as well as most Honor smartphones in circulation. If effective, it will be the second Google service to stop unlicensed devices.
Huawei smartphones will lose access to Google Duo
Although Huawei smartphones haven’t had Google services and apps since May 2019, it was relatively easy to install these apps via sideload. The process requires some technical knowledge, but it is not outside the reasonable, or even simple, plan.
This will change, however, as soon as the North American technology releases version 123 to the general public, and is currently in the testing phase. beta available only to those enrolled in this program. It is expected that this availability will take place during the month of April.
Until then, experts from the XDA Developers portal have already had the opportunity to analyze the code of the new version, finding there the indicators of tighter control by Google. Something that will also apply to the Google Messaging app.
You will no longer be able to install these Google apps via sideload
It is a security booster by Google, associated with a possible integration of end-to-end encryption in these communications applications. In this case, Google Duo being used to mediate video calls, while Google Messaging is used for text (SMS) communications.
North American technology will be strengthening the security of its solutions, bringing more privacy to them and, as such, it cannot allow devices without a license to use its services to continue using its solutions.
Until now, this gap allowed Huawei users to install most Google apps and services via sideload. However, if the technology company applies these restrictions, it will be the effective end of such a possibility.
Research on the new versions of Google Duo and Google Messaging is ongoing, being carried out by experts at XDA Developers. In summary, there are strong indications that this will be applied, but still without certainty.
The Google Duo app is available for free on the Play Store, with more than 1 billion installations.
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