A workaround has been shut down which allowed Mate 30 devices from Huawei to download the Google Play Store and other applications. LZ Play, an app that gave users the ability to run the games they know and love, was deleted after a researcher discovered it was using proprietary Huawei APIs. Google also removed the phone from its SafetyNet network, a directory of trustworthy users that could use Google services.
The U.S. put the firm on an agency registry as part of a protracted war on Huawei, prohibiting any U.S. corporation or person from collaborating with the Chinese contractor. Although it could use the open source version of Android, which is popular in China, this meant that Huawei could not use the services provided by Google. And in the west, Android so Google Play's twin realms are regarded as indivisible.
Since the suspension, Huawei has launched two smartphones, the Chinese Honor 9X and the Mate 30 series, which ships without Google Play. Huawei hopes then that its own store, the App Gallery, will mature enough in the west to fulfill the hunger of consumers for the devices they know and love. Nonetheless, this is not very likely, because organizations such as Facebook have already backed up funding for Huawei devices in the future.
Huawei locked the boot loader on the Mate 30, but for both the Mate 30 and the 9X in the form of LZ Play there was a nod-and-wink workaround. If you were willing to risk the safety of your computer (in light of its sketchy provenance, LZ Play needed administrator rights) you can download the app and use it to enter Google Play. From there, you can download and inquire from your Android phone the applications you like.
It is not unusual to use applications to navigate around the Google ban, with devices such as GO Android Installer being used on Western phones taken to China. Nonetheless, in this case, for the Mate 30 series, GO Google Installer did not work.
Developer John Wu wrote on October 1 on how LZ Play uses undocumented Huawei APIs inside the OS that are used to trick Google servers for device security. Wu suggested that Huawei was aware of the hidden methods used by LZ Play, whether promoting or turning a blind eye to its use. After all, this meant fans were able to get Google Play on phones that would otherwise be banned.
Shortly after Wu's article was released, and the LZ Play website was taken offline, as well as the security community raised hackles. Android Police speculates that if you think Huawei was behind the app itself, either the designer got cold feet, the hosting company did, or Huawei itself. F A spokesperson for Huawei told Engadget that "Huawei has not been participating in LZ Play."
Google has also worked on its hand to block the Mate 30 from being able to access Google Play using any number of tricks. The company's SafetyNet system is designed to test if a device is safe enough to access Google's applications (and not compromised or otherwise hacked). As Alex Dobie of Android Central reported, last week SafetyNet approved the Mate 30 Pro, but its certification has since been withdrawn.
Essentially, the Mate 30 remains a great device you should not purchase if the strategic prospects of Huawei are not changed. Yet Google is likely to work to ensure all potential workarounds are effectively shut down, fearing reprisals for violating prohibitions.