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Huawei's Smartphone Plans in Tatters

Paul Rubens - May 20, 2019 - 06:52 AM
Huawei's Smartphone Plans in Tatters
Future Huawei handsets will not be able to use Google services such as the Google Play Store.

(CCM) — Huawei, the world's second largest smartphone maker after Samsung, is facing a meltdown in handset sales after the U.S. government launched a crackdown against the company, according to a Reuters report.

Google has suspended all business with Huawei which requires the transfer of hardware, software, or technical services to the company except those which are available via open source licensing, according to the report. As a result, in the future Huawei smartphones running Android will not have access to Google's proprietary Android services such as the Play Store, Gmail, Chrome, and YouTube. Existing Huawei handsets will still be able to use the services, however.

Huawei will be further hampered by the fact that U.S.-based chipmakers including Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx, and Broadcom will no longer supply critical software and components to Huawei until further notice, according to the report.

It added that Huawei claims to have prepared for this eventuality by developing its own technology, and some of this is already being used in products marketed in China.

Chinese consumers will be less affected by Google's actions because the Chinese government already bans most Western mobile apps, offering alternatives such as Tencent and Baidu instead.

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