In what could have major technological implications, Internet giant Google has said it is cutting ties with China-based Huawei, in the wake of the ongoing US trade war with Beijing. The ban includes technology sharing, traansfer of hardware, software, as well as as technical software that is not publicly available.
“We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications,” a Google spokesperson told AFP.
What this means is that Huawei will now only be able to use Android’s open source version and will no longer have access to Google’s proprietary apps and services, such as PlayStore and Gmail.
The ban is likely to affect Huawei’s rapid growth in the global smartphone market. Earlier this year, it overtook Apple to become the second biggest manufacturer globally, after Samsung.