After Samsung, Huawei has the biggest share in the global smartphone market but it now faces a huge challenge after Google barred the Chinese giant from some updates to the Android operating system.

As a result of the new restrictions introduced amid the bitterly fought US-China trade war, Huawei is prohibited from buying parts from US companies without federal government approval.

This has put a question-mark on Huawei being able to integrate some Google software and core apps into its future devices.

However, the existing users of Huawei and Honor devices would be able to use the Google Play Store and security from “Google Play Protect” would keep functioning.

“The ban will accelerate Huawei’s efforts to gain self-reliance. Huawei has been focused on developing its software and app assets along the lines that it has done with its chipset business,” Prabhu Ram, Head, Industry Intelligence Group, CyberMedia Research (CMR), told IANS.

“The Android bombshell has serious implications for Huawei mobile consumer business. While it won’t affect its China business, it will impact it globally,” Ram said.

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