If you’ve been following our coverage of Huawei’s Mate 30 series, you should kind of know the story by now — due to the ongoing US trade ban the phone can’t install Google Mobile Services (GMS) like YouTube and Google Maps, though a workaround was found almost immediately after the phone’s unveiling two weeks ago.
And while that might have seemed like the end of the Mate 30’s problems, you might not want to celebrate just yet.
According to trusted Android security researcher John Wu, LZPlay — the Chinese website that enabled GMS to be installed on the Mate 30 — is no longer available for download.
This means that anyone who hasn’t already installed GMS on their Mate 30 has once again lost access to those apps, and considering that the phone hasn’t been released anywhere outside of China, that’s pretty much everyone.
And unfortunately, the bad news don’t stop there. Alex Dobie of Android Central has also found out that even if GMS has been installed on a Mate 30, they no longer pass SafetyNet tests, which is Google’s way of ensuring that a device is valid and secure.
We were still able to use apps like Google Maps on our Mate 30 Pro, but Damien Wilde of 9to5Google has identified another issue — since passing the SafetyNet test is a requirement to use Google Pay, the phone is now unable to use that function.
While things might seem bleak for the Chinese tech giant’s newest flagship, we wouldn’t descend into full-blown panic mode either — we’re fairly confident that an LZPlay replacement will show up sooner than later, and hopefully that’ll happen before Huawei decides to release the Mate 30 in Singapore.
So stay updated on Vulcan Post, because we’ll definitely be monitoring this situation very, very carefully.
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