A YouTube video published on September 19 detailed the successful installation of Google Play on Huawei’s newly launched Mate 30 flagship, which is not licensed by Google for US blacklist restrictions.
Due to the complicated relationship between the Chinese telecom giant and Alphabet subsidiary, consumers who perform this unlawful installation may be subject to copyright infringements.
“The new Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro come with AOSP and without the applications and services of Google or Play Store, but there will be a process to install easily,” the video said.
The U.S. Commerce Department in May imposed a trade embargo on Huawei, banning exports of American software and chips to the company. But it granted a 90-day grace period for certain companies like Google in order to protect the interests of American consumers.
Following the expiry of Google’s 90-day grace period to Huawei on August 19, there is still no workable solution for consumers from both companies and no word on whether a truce will be reached.
The U.S. Commerce Department had previously said it would assess whether to extend the temporary exemptions beyond 90 days.
According to Forbes, Huawei’s consumer business group CEO, Richard Yu, had previously provided hope to consumers ahead of the Mate 30 launch, telling the media at Germany’s IFA tech show there “might be a workaround on-hand.”
Yu claimed the process would be “quite easy,” that “the open-source nature of Android enables a lot of possibilities,” and that third-party developers have been working on workarounds for some time, given that “Huawei itself is unable to provide Google Mobile Services on new products due to the ban.”