Some time ago, I have installed LineageOS on my Samsung Galaxy S2, together with the OpenGApps suite. I have registered with Google and enjoy access to the phletora of Google Play apps on this phone.

Now, is this use of Google Play from an ASOP based Android legal, or problematic? Since, I really doubt LineageOS, nor the OpenGApps project has properly gone through the GMS License and GMS Certification which seems to be required to obtain proper access to Google's apps?

Note: This question has arisen around the Ban of Huawei from using "Google services" as per this article: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/may/19/google-huawei-trump-blacklist-report

I think, Huawei should be no different than LineageOS, when it comes to using ASOP and installing the play store via OpenGApps.

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Google's stance is that GMS is granted to a device, which then stays with it regardless of any custom ROM the consumer may install. In other words, if you get a stock device that has GMS, then you're allowed to install OpenGApps on any third-party ROM you put on it. However, you're not allowed to install OpenGApps on a device that never had GMS.

  • Do you have links to relevant documentation?
    – Marcel
    May 27, 2019 at 5:57

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