As of the end of 2017, Huawei has overtaken Apple to become the second largest phone manufacturer in the world behind Samsung, and even now, its phone sales are skyrocketing as Apple’s and Samsung’s continue to plateau. However, the company’s success, combined with China’s national security laws, have raised security concerns in the US. These concerns mean that Huawei, a Chinese manufacturer, has not been able to sell its phones in the US, but recently the situation has escalated. President Trump has signed an executive order that blocks US companies from buying foreign-made telecoms equipment, and the US Commerce Department placed Huawei on the “Entity List,” which prevents it from buying technology from US companies without government approval. In response, Google has suspended Huawei’s Android license, meaning that Google will no longer provide the Chinese firm with forthcoming Android updates. As a result, future Huawei phones won’t have access to the Google Play Store (meaning no Android apps), and they won’t be able to use Google services. The full extent of these effects is yet to be seen, but it could be devastating for Huawei’s phone business. Read on for all the latest news as it emerges.
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