Chinese tech firm Huawei has responded to the news that Google has banned it from its Android operating system.
According to reports, the ban means customers will not be able to download vital apps such as Gmail and YouTube on its new range of smartphones.
Commenting on the claims, a spokesperson for the company said: "Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android's key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry.
"Huawei will 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 and that are still in stock globally.
The Chinese firm has reportedly been banned from future updates by Google. Credit: PA
"We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally."
It's reported that it will be the new designs of Huawei smartphones that are the ones mainly affected with access to some Google apps lost. They work the same as Samsung and LG phones in that Huawei devices rely on Android to be powered.
The BBC reported that the move comes after the Trump administration cracked down on Chinese tech companies and added the telecommunications giant to a list of businesses that American firms cannot trade with unless they have a licence.
Reuters reported that even though there has been some suspension, current Huawei smartphone users with Google apps will be able to use and download app updates from Google.
Attendees at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Credit: PA
A Google spokesperson told Reuters: "We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications."
The spokesperson added: "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 will mean that when Google launches the next version of Android later on this year, it might not be available on Huawei devices. As well as YouTube, the smartphones could lose Google Maps.
According to Sky News, it is reported that Huawei users will end up having to use a public version of the operating system called Android Open Source Project.
That system doesn't include standard Google apps such as Gmail, Google Maps, Google Photos and YouTube.
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