Google to block loopholes on its GMS platform, Huawei not spared

Google to block loopholes on its GMS platform, Huawei not spared

Google will block the possibility of using another of its services on smartphones that could not obtain Google Mobile Services (GMS) license. Among such smartphones, the most prominent are, of course, Huawei and Honor models released since the end of 2019.

Evidence of the imminent disconnection of such smartphones from Google Duo video chat was found in the code of the latest update of the Google Duo application version 123.

At the moment, Google Duo can be safely used on smartphones without GMS certification, including Huawei and Honor. However, Google will close this loophole in the spring.

A few days earlier it also became known that Google Messages will stop working on “uncertified” Android smartphones from March 31, 2021, and this includes Huawei and Honor smartphones.

At first, a vague wording exists in the Google Duo code – the service will stop working on “unsupported” devices.

However, enthusiasts of the XDA Developers community of mobile developers did not rest on this and found more accurate information in the code. We are talking about devices “compatible” with GMS, in other words, licensed by Google. The date of complete cessation of work is the same – March 31. Users will get 14 days to download their data.

Wang Chenglu, President of Huawei’s Consumer Software Division, decided to finally clarify the main differences between HarmonyOS, iOS and Android.

HarmonyOS (HongmengOS in China) for smartphones is for many, an alternative to Android. Earlier, there were information on the web that the first release of HarmonyOS 2.0 for smartphones will be based on Android.

Also, Wang Chenglu said that HarmonyOS is not a copy of iOS and Android. So, now he has provided a table (for those who know Chinese) showing the main differences between the operating systems.



Hardware platform: In addition to the mobile phone, it can also be mounted on many IoT devices like TV, cars, smart home appliances

Growth Area: IoT devices have great potential

Advantages: Open source, fluency, and distributed capabilities

Disadvantages: Newborn system in growing age

Apps Developments: One-time development, multi-end adaption capability

  • IOS:

Hardware platform: Mobile phone

Growth area: limited

Advantages: Smooth

Disadvantages: Closed

Apps Developments: Individual adaptation


Hardware platform: Mobile phone

Growth area: limited

Advantages: Open source

Disadvantages: Fragmentation, stuttering

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