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So, here we go again. Just ahead of the (now online) launch of Huawei’s next flagship, the P40, all attention turns to the impact the loss of Google will have on its sales and the workarounds available to solve the problem. Huawei hasn't given up hope of restoring Google to its new devices, and Google certainly wants the same, but until there’s a change in Trump’s blacklist, this is the path Huawei is on. We’ve been here before, of course. Last September, just ahead of the Mate 30 launch, there was lots of talk about workarounds and quick fixes. With the device in the market, talk of simple workarounds stalled and security concerns for the mainstream users won out. Sales of the device also stalled outside China. Huawei has spent the intervening months pushing its Huawei Mobile Services alternative to Google, with financial incentives for developers to jump on board. But Google is still Google, and there is no real alternative yet. As previewed for Forbes.com by David Phelan, the P40 shows every sign of being another standout hardware achievement for Huawei. But the reality is that the world outside China is not yet ready to buy a non-Google Android phone en masse. Yes, there are clunky ways around, but no, not everything will work. And there are inevitable user complexities and security concerns in trying something new. Google even took the surprise step of warning users not to try these dangerous methods. And so bear all that in mind with the latest whizz-bang workaround to hit the web. Surfacing first on Twitter and HuaweiBlog.de and picked up by Gizguide and others, there is apparently a new quick fix that makes it “even easier” to install GMS, the package of Google apps and underlying services that sits atop the basic Android OS. This is a grey area, to say the least. GMS is not licensed for new Huawei phones. So if you run this solution on a Mate 30 or P40, you are in breach of that license requirement and do not have any of the usual protections you would expect. Nor can you guarantee the software will not be switched off at some point, as happened to the well-known “LZPlay” Mate 30 workaround last year. HuaweiBlog.de says that “despite our extensive tests, app appraisal and observation of possible illegal account activity in the days after the installation, we received a legitimate security notice.” The blog does acknowledge that “we have not been able to test whether this will lead to restrictions in subsequent use.” This is notable because it seems so easy. How the app is circumventing Google security is unknown. There were implications last year that Huawei might overlook certain bypasses—their consumer head Richard Yu essentially promised users a fix—but this was all quickly shut down by Google and then Huawei. Follow this thread on OUR FORUM.
 

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