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Huawei phones lose bootleg access to Google apps

At the heart of Huawei's problems is the Google Play Store, a system-level app that's part of Google's licensed bundle, which opens access to the full panoply of Android applications. Foto: Bloomberg/Qilai Shen.

One of Huawei Technologies Co.'s biggest trade war headaches has just gotten worse, as an unofficial workaround to the Trump administration ban on using Google apps and services has been quashed.

Security researcher John Wu published an illuminating post Tuesday that explained how users of Huawei's Mate 30 Pro were able to manually download and install Google apps, despite a U.S. blacklisting that prohibits the Chinese company from using American components and software. The process allowed the Mate 30 Pro (along with the basic Mate 30) to run popular apps like Google Maps and Gmail that otherwise would not be permitted...

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