Things are certainly looking up for Huawei as one of their biggest pain points – the lack of Google apps on Huawei phones – has been addressed with the recent addition of a third party app dubbed as Lighthouse on the Huawei AppGallery that offers support for Google applications on Huawei phones.
@hitechcentury The latest Lighthouse app update from the Huawei AppGallery reenables Google apps support on selected older Huawei phones and tablets. We tested it on the nova 9 SE and it works! There’s also a list of compatible Huawei devices in the video too. So far the Lighthouse app is available only for Huawei phones set to Malaysia on start-up so you may need to reset your phone and do so to see it. Back in the game, yay! #tiktokguru #tech #huawei #appgallery #fyp #malaysia #techtok #techtips #sembanggadget ♬ Future – Official Sound Studio
The first version of the Lighthouse app debuted on the Huawei Mate50 Pro series with a subsequent update, dubbed as V21485053-noen offering support for multiple Google accounts on the same phone along with several bug fixes. The latest Lighthouse app update
What Huawei phones can install the Lighthouse app that offers Google apps on Huawei devices?
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Now, the latest Lighthouse app update designated as – V214816054-noen on the Huawei AppGallery is arguably the most useful yet as it expands support to older Huawei phones and tablets that stretch back to 2021.
Do note that for now, the Lighthouse app that enables Google apps on Huawei devices is only officially available for Huawei phones and selected tablets sold in Malaysia and of the appropriate model listed below.
If you have the same model but bought it from a different region, you will have to reset it to Malaysia to see the Lighthouse app. To date, here’s the official list of expanded and supported Huawei phones that can install the Lighthouse app from the Huawei AppGallery and by extension, enjoy Google app support.
Huawei phones and tablets that support Lighthouse app to get Google apps on Huawei devices as of 22nd December 2022
Huawei Mate 50, Mate 50 Pro
Huawei Mate Xs 2
Huawei Mate 40 Pro
Huawei nova 10 series
Huawei nova 9 series
Huawei nova 8i series
Huawei nova Y90
Huawei nova Y70
Huawei MatePad SE
Huawei MatePad 10.4 2022
Huawei MatePad 11
Huawei MatePad Pro 11
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 (2021 and 2022 model)
For a step-by-step guide on installing the Lighthouse app on your Huawei phone, check out our prior Lighthouse app installation guide here. We put it to the test with an existing sample of a Huawei nova 9 SE that we had in our archives and it ran Lighthouse without issue and ran Google Maps, Docs, Sheets, YouTube and Gmail without issue.
Is the Lighthouse app on the Huawei AppGallery safe to use?
At present, the Lighthouse app has over 211,000 installs which is substantial by any measure of the word. Based on its official introduction, the Lighthouse app is as follows –
Lighthouse app is developed to help users to login to Google account and gain access to Google features.
-Improve success rate for sending messages, and map sharing function
-Log-in to Google Maps, Google Chrome, YouTube & Etc
– Back-up Whatsapp messages into Google Drive System – icon might disappear on certain smartphone models on home screen, users might not be able to see the application icon on their home screen.
If you want to manage the application settings, users can amend through SETTING –> APPS MENU -> Lighthouse.
Lighthouse is developed based on legal and legitimate open source projects.
To wit, there’s no official mention or website for the developer Skywalker that made the Lighthouse app. While it could be an ardent Star Wars fan, there’s no digital footprint or literature for the developer. On top of the Lighthouse app, Skywalker has also made Lighthouse EX, a companion app that works in tandem with Lighthouse to enable Google app functionality and which also installs itself alongside Lighthouse.
However, in its favour is the fact that Huawei has been extremely stringent on ensuring that apps that make it on their AppGallery app store are authentic with every app undergoing a security check that requires the developer’s real name with authentication along with a thorough audit of an app’s purpose and privacy policies before being made available on the HUAWEI AppGallery.
To further ensure world-class security, Huawei has also received certification from the renowned British Standard Institution, a highly respected and neutral third party organisation, on ISO/IEC 19790:2012 that governs Information Technology Security Techniques.
Compliance to this rigorous standard requires four security levels of increasing levels of authentication for 11 critical requirement areas in the Huawei AppGallery and achieving this level of certification offers exceptional peace of mind for users of the Mate50 series as a safe and secure smartphone choice.
The Huawei AppGallery also has its own device-level security check that audits apps installed on the phone, even those outside of the AppGallery to ensure that they are safe to use for added peace of mind.