Huawei smartphones will lose access to popular Google apps

BBC – Google has cut phone maker Huawei off from some updates to the Android operating system, dealing a blow to the Chinese firm.

New Huawei smartphones will also lose access to popular Google apps.

The move comes after the Trump administration added Huawei to a list of companies that American firms cannot trade with unless they have a licence.

In a statement, Google said it was “complying with the order and reviewing the implications”.

Huawei declined to comment.

The move by Google, first reported by Reuters , means Huawei loses Google’s security updates and technical support, and any new devices would no longer have apps such as YouTube and Maps.

Huawei can still use the version of the Android operating system available through an open source licence.

Ben Wood, from the CCS Insight consultancy, said the move by Google would have “big implications for Huawei’s consumer business”.

Huawei ‘blacklisted’

Last Wednesday the Trump administration added Huawei to its ” entity list “, a move that bans the company from acquiring technology from US firms without government approval.

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