Google cuts Huawei's use of Android operating system on its smartphones

Google has cut tech giant Huawei's access to their Android mobile operating system on its new range of smartphones, Reuters reports.

Smartphones made by the Chinese telecommunications company are set to be blocked from use of a range of Google apps including Gmail and YouTube.

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It is expected to be a major blow to Huawei, the world's second largest smartphone manufacturer, who rely heavily on the Google-developed Android operating system.

The move comes after the Trump administration included Huawei in a list of firms that US companies cannot trade with unless they have a licence.

"We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications," a Google spokesperson said. "For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices."

The move means security updates for Google's operating system will not protect Huawei's new smartphones and tablets

In a statement, the company said: "Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those have been sold or still in stock globally."

It is being reported that Huawei users will have to use Android Open Source Project, a public version of the operating system. This system does not include Gmail, Google Maps, Google Photos or YouTube.

In recent times, Huawei has managed to overtake iPhone maker Apple in terms of market share and is only behind Samsung when it comes to global smartphone sales, with 59.1 million shipments in the first quarter of 2019.

The US sanctions, however, could damage the company's ambitions of further expansion.