ProtonMail is not becoming Huawei's new email client
On Thursday, Swiss company Proton Technologies announced that it was considering bringing its email client to alternate Android app stores. In response, Bloomberg published an article titled "Huawei Eyes ProtonMail as It Searches for Gmail Alternative". Bloomberg reached out to Huawei and Google for comment but apparently not Proton Technologies, and it turns out that the media company got the wrong end of the stick.
Instead, Proton Technologies is considering releasing its email client on several app stores, including F-droid and the Huawei AppGallery. The original blog post mentioned the Amazon App Store and Samsung Galaxy Store too. ProtonMail has now clarified its position via a second blog post, an excerpt of which we have included below:
This blog post has been reported in some mainstream media as ProtonMail is considering to “partner with Huawei”. ProtonMail is not partnering with Huawei. We are simply considering allowing ProtonMail to be used by people with Huawei devices. That is very different.
Proton Technologies publishing its email client on other Android app stores should not raise eyebrows. However, the idea that Proton Technologies had struck a deal with Huawei did cause people to question the latter's commitment to privacy. Proton Technologies, as above, has been clear that this is not the case. Principally, Proton Technologies is considering bringing ProtonMail to the Huawei AppGallery to continue to support Huawei future devices that may ship without Google Services.