(Reuters) – According to Bloomberg, the newly launched Mate 30 devices from Huawei Technologies Co Ltd no longer have access to the manual installation of Google's Android apps.
FILE PHOTO: A new Huawei Mate 30 smartphone is shown on 1
According to the report, security researcher John Wu published a blog post bit.ly/2p5d2Cu On Tuesday, it was explained how users of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro could manually download and install Google Apps, even though the Chinese companies banned the use of American components and software on a US blacklist.
As part of the revelations, the Mate 30 devices designed to work on new 5G mobile networks lost permission to manually install Android apps, a number of smartphone experts reported, Bloomberg said.
The Mate 30 is the first major Huawei smartphone to hit the market last month as Donald Trump's US government blacklisted the company in mid-May for its involvement in activities such as the US national security threatens what the company denies.
Wu wrote in the publication a widely used method for installing Google Services on newly released Huawei devices, based on an undocumented Huawei-specific mobile device management programming interface or MDM APIs.
"Although this" back door "requires activation of user interaction, the installation app, which is signed with a special Huawei certificate, was granted permissions that are nowhere to be found on standard Android systems," wrote he.
"The Huawei OS system framework has a" back door "that allows approved apps to flag some user apps as system apps, even though they are not present in read-only partitions," Wu said.
This action allowed Mate 30 phones to run popular apps like Google Maps and Gmail that would otherwise be ineligible, Bloomberg reported on bloom.bg/2mSwsKg.
A user-friendly app called LZPlay that allows Google apps and services to be installed on the Mate 30 Pro came with the version of the device. However, it disappeared after Wu's release. According to the report, only Google can make that change by reviewing SafetyNet's anti-abuse controls.
Google and Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for a comment from Reuters.
Reporting by Rama Venkat in Bengaluru; Edited by Bernard Orr