Security researcher John Wu outlined the process that let Huawei Mate 30 owners manually download and install major apps Google Maps and Gmail. This method, which used an app called LZPlay, apparently no longer works, and Bloomberg reported that only Google is able to make that kind of change.
The Mate 30 devices are Huawei's latest flagship phones, but shipped without full Android support. They're based on Android open source, which means they don't have Google services (like Play Store) or apps (like Chrome or Maps). Mate 30 owners have to use Huawei equivalents instead.
Huawei lost full Android support after the US Commerce Department Huawei denies).in May, following Trump's effectively banning it from US communication networks due to national security concerns over (which
Google parent company Alphabet, so Huawei resorted to the open-source version. In August, Huawei has also unveiled its own mobile operating system -- -- which could be applied to its phones if it's locked out of Android.
Neither Google nor Huawei immediately responded to requests for comment.
First published at 4:40 a.m. PT.
Updated at 5:25 a.m. PT: Adds more detail.