Google cuts off Huawei from Android services after US ban

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Google and Qualcomm have suspended some business relations with Huawei in the wake of the Trump Administration’s attempt to blacklist the smartphone manufacturer.

The surprise move will see Huawei lose access to updates to Google’s Android operating system, and future Huawei phones will lack access to the Google Play Store or apps like YouTube and Gmail.

However, a spokesperson from Google told Reuters that current Huawei smartphone users will continue to be able to access Google apps and Android updates.

After Google’s announcement, chip makers Qualcomm and Intel have also both been rumoured to soon cease trading with Huawei to comply with President Trump’s ban.

Both Reuters and Bloomberg report that Qualcomm, Intel, Xilinx Inc and Broadcom Inc have told their employees they will not supply critical software and components to Huawei until further notice.

The move will likely upset many smartphone photographers, who have come to appreciate Huawei’s innovations in imaging. By partnering with Leica, Huawei has created some of the best phones for photos in terms of image quality.