According to a report, Google has applied for an exemption with the US government. It would enable the search giant to re-license Huawei to use its Mobile services. With the US ban which escalated in May 2019, Huawei has been put in the US’ entities list. For that reason, the company lacks access to US and US-related technology. That includes Google’s Mobile Services. The only reason Huawei can keep using Android is due to the Open Source nature of the system and its Linux roots. However, Huawei is prohibited from using Google Mobile Services. That means that if you buy a new Huawei phone you won’t have access to popular apps such as YouTube, Gmail, and Maps.
If Google is exempted by the US government it can immediately give access to Huawei. Microsoft is one company from the United States which was given an exemption and can now work with the Chinese Behemoth. If the US government decides to accept Google’s request, then the search giant will quickly provide updates for Huawei phones allowing them to once again make use of Play Store, Maps, Photos and more.
Huawei has Huawei Mobile Services, but it’s not a full-fledged alternative to Google
Huawei developed Huawei Mobile Services as a GMS Alternative. The company needs to release smartphones to keep its place in the global ranking, and the lack of GMS can’t stop it. The Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro came with HMS. The upcoming Huawei P40 series will also include it. HMS is a good alternative but it has some limitations and does not fit as a full-fledged substitute for Google apps. Especially for users outside of China.
Some users have been resorting to sideloading Google Services on Huawei devices. The search giant, however, warns them that this opens up a door for potential hackers to create fake Google apps. The situation simply shows that Google is not happy with this situation.