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Huawei P40 Lite: Provision of apps ensured despite the lack of Google Play Store

Due to the trade war with the USA, like all the new Huawei smartphones, the Huawei P40 Lite has to make do without the Google Services despite its Android 10. However, the manufacturer is trying to close this gap in-house - with an alternative app store and a special app search.
Manuel Masiero (translated by Mark Riege), 🇩🇪

With Android 10 and its in-house EMUI 10 user interface, the Huawei P40 Lite uses the most current OS ingredients. There is only one problem: unfortunately it lacks the Google Services and with that also the Play Store. As Google writes in a blog post, the Google Services are only available for Play Protect certified devices – so this means, not for the P40 Lite. While various reports on some Internet forums show that it can work at times to install the Google Services later, there is some doubt whether they will then also continue to work over time.

To make the best of this situation, with AppGallery, Huawei has preinstalled its own app store on the P40 Lite. However, the range of apps show some gaps compared to Google Play. So of course it would be in the best interest of the manufacturer to increase the app offerings as quickly as possible in order to prevent buyers from turning away.

Those who don't find what they need in the AppGallery, can try to remedy this with the AppSearch. This app, which is advertised by Huawei as an addition to AppGallery, searches the Internet for apps that cannot be found in the AppGallery. Those can then be downloaded via third-party app stores such as APKPure or APKMonk. While this is not as safe as using the Google Play Store or its AppGallery Huawei alternative, currently this detour cannot be avoided.

Another possibility to get some apps would be to install the Amazon App Store. Here, we were also successful in finding PUBG Mobile, which is necessary for our gaming benchmarks.

However, it is not impossible that Huawei can still install the Google Play services on the P40 Lite, since there is a glimmer of hope: in the meantime Google has requested permission from the US government to be able to provide Huawei with its services. We are currently still waiting for a decision. 

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Manuel Masiero
Editor of the original article: Manuel Masiero - Senior Tech Writer - 179 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
My fascination for computers started with the C64. Since then, I’ve put everything that comes my way in terms of hardware through its paces. From the C64 to the Amiga 500 and the first PC with an 8088 CPU, my list of projects has grown increasingly longer. For more than 20 years now I have also turned my hobby into my profession and have been active in the mobile section of Notebookcheck since 2021. Before that, I worked as a hardware editor for IDG Media ( and VNU Business Publications (PC professional), among others.
Mark Riege
Translator: Mark Riege - Translator - 314 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
Having worked as a programmer for 20 years (medical devices, AI, data management systems), I've been following the computer scene for many years and especially enjoy finding out about new technology advances. Originally from Germany but living in the US, I've been working as a translator more recently, with Notebookcheck allowing me to combine my interest in new devices and translation. Other interests include Buddhism, spending time in Tibetan monasteries, and translating ancient Tibetan texts.
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Manuel Masiero, 2020-04-21 (Update: 2020-05-19)