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Huawei loses access to Google and Android

Alphabet Inc’s Google has reportedly ‘restricted’ Huawei from getting access to updates to Android operating system and future versions of the tech company’s smartphones will also lose access to some services including the Google Play Store and Gmail and YouTube apps.

According to a report by Reuters, a source familiar with the matter said that Google has suspended business with Huawei “that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services”.

“Huawei will only be able to use the public version of Android and will not be able to get access to proprietary apps and services from Google,” the source said.

Huawei was recently included among the Trump administration’s Entity List together with some 68 affiliates placed by the U.S. Commerce Department, which will make it difficult for the tech company to do business with U.S. counterparts as a license issued by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) will be required.

Meanwhile, Huawei can still have access the version of the Android operating system available through the open source license. However, Google will stop providing Huawei access, technical support and collaboration involving its proprietary apps and services going forward.

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