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US Blocks Huawei From Using Android

Holders of Huawei gadgets may have to drop them and simply just buy another brand because Google has suspended business with this Chinese firm which has been black listed by the US government.

Google statistics, indicate that there about 2.5 billion active Android devices worldwide.

Popular Google apps such as Gmail, YouTube and the Chrome browser that are available through Google’s Play Store will disappear from future Huawei handsets.

Under this blockage, Google will stop providing Huawei with access, technical support and collaboration involving its proprietary apps and services going forward.

This situation means Huawei now will have few options to make its mobile phones relevant to customers.

However, Huawei said it would “seek remedies immediately” and “endeavor to mitigate the impacts of this incident.”

Huawei has been in bad books with the US government for many years because of suspicion it could use its network equipment to spy on foreign nations, prompting network providers AT&T and Verizon to ban the sale of Huawei handsets.

U.S. officials have continuously said that Huawei represents a security threat because of its ties to the Chinese government. Huawei has denied those allegations.

Beijing accused President Trump of engaging in industrial sabotage by using state security as “as a pretext for suppressing foreign business”.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said, “We urge the US to stop this practice and instead create better conditions for business co-operation.” He did not give any details over how China planned to retaliate.

The confrontation over Huawei comes amid a broader trade war between the US and China, with both sides imposing aggressive tariffs on imports.

In a related case, President Donald Trump last year restricted ZTE, another Chinese telecommunications company, from doing business with American firms over violating U.S. sanctions with Iran and North Korea.

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