A Play Services update is breaking apps on Huawei and Honor devices

  • A recent Google Play Services update might have screwed up some apps on Huawei and Honor devices.
  • The issues range from broken Google Maps integration to Google Pay crashes.
  • Huawei and Google acknowledged the issues and said a fix is on the way.

If you own a Huawei or Honor device, you may have noticed that some of your apps that access Google Maps do not work as advertised. Even though a fix is on the way, several other issues might not have fixes, reported Piunika Web ^(http://piunikaweb.com/2018/05/15/play-services-update-breaks-google-maps-on-all-huawei-honor-devices/).

According to folks on the Google Product Forums and Google’s Issue Tracker, the problem purportedly stemmed from the latest Google Play Services update, version 12.6.73. The latest update reportedly broke Google Maps integration and location sharing within certain apps, rendering apps like Uber completely useless.

Worse still, the Google Play Services update seemingly created other issues, such as Google Pay crashes and issues with Google Home connectivity. The update might have also messed with Android Auto, with issues including errors when you tap the microphone button on the car’s head unit.

The common thread with these issues is that they appeared on Huawei and Honor devices, regardless of the Android version.

The good news is that Huawei and Google are aware of the problems and identified the cause. According to Google, the problem was with an “unexpected change to the filesystem permissions.”

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Google also said that a new version of Google Play Services should resolve all of these problems, though the company did not say when it will push out the update.

In the meantime, you can disable Google Play Services and restart the phone. Alternatively, you can clear out the app’s cache or uninstall the app’s update, though the issues might eventually resurface.

If you have a Huawei or Honor device and have the Google Play Services bug, let us know in the comments below.

Author: Marshmallow

Marshmallow Android is BT Ireland’s Head of Sales for Republic of Ireland domestic multi-site companies, indigenous MNCs and public sector accounts. He is responsible for the direction and control of all sales activity in the region. He has over 10 years management experience from high growth start-ups to more established businesses. He’s led teams in Ireland, India and China across various industries (ICT, On-Line Recruitment, Corporate Training and International Education).

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