Huawei's use of Android is restricted by Google

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Google has barred the world's second biggest smartphone maker, Huawei, from some updates to the Android operating system, dealing a blow to the Chinese company.

The move comes after the Trump administration added Huawei to a list of companies that American firms cannot trade with unless they have a licence.

Google said it was "complying with the order and reviewing the implications".

Huawei said it would continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold or are still in stock globally.

"We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally," it added.

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What does this mean for Huawei users?

- Existing Huawei smartphone users will be able to update apps and push through security fixes, as well as update Google Play services.

- Google launches the next version of Android later this year, it may not be available on Huawei devices.

- Future Huawei devices may no longer have apps such as YouTube and Maps.

- Huawei can still use the version of the Android operating system available through an open source licence.

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