Google cuts ties with Huawei as trade war escalates

May 20, 2019
Ryan Koontz
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Asia Times

Hundreds of millions of smartphone users have been dragged into the trade war between the United States and China.

News that Google plans to sever its Android operating system ties with Chinese handset maker Huawei will have a profound effect on consumers across the globe.

The decision means that Huawei users will start losing access to Google’s proprietary services such as Gmail and Google Maps, and be shut out of future upgrades to Android on their smartphones.

Already US chipmakers have stopped supplying the Chinese telecom giant with semi-conductors crucial to its consumer division.

“We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications,” a Google spokesperson told AFP, referring to the decision by President Donald Trump to add Huawei to a list of companies that American firms cannot trade with unless they have a license because of national security issues.

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