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Google is restricting future business with Huawei, cutting off access to its Android operating system and its popular apps, after the Trump administration escalated a crackdown on the Chinese tech firm.

Google claims to be "complying" with the US Commerce Department's recent decision to place Huawei on the Entity List - a list of companies that are unable to buy technology from US companies without government approval.

What does that mean?

USA tech giant Google said on Sunday it was pulling Huawei's license to use its mobile phone operating system Android, forcing the Chinese company to rely on an open-source version of the software. The US is cracking down on Chinese technology companies, reports The Verge.

While most US suppliers have yet to issue statements on their position on the Huawei ban, Bloomberg reported that Intel Corp, Qualcomm Inc, Xilinx Inc and Broadcom Inc have all now told their employees they will not supply Huawei until further notice. The company said it will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to owners of its smartphones and tablets.

Future devices released by the Chinese company will have a much more restricted experience.

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Huawei did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The upcoming devices will not have any access to the Play Store, first-party Google apps like Gmail, or Play Services.

Huawei is also the target of an intense campaign by Washington, which has been trying to persuade allies not to allow China a role in building next-generation 5G mobile networks.

Huawei says it will continue to provide security updates and services for its smartphones and tablets after being barred from Google updates to its Android operating system. All of the major CPU vendors are USA companies, and there's no way Huawei can build itself a server-class ARM CPU to replace them in the immediate future (not to mention the difficulty of constructing an equivalent software stack).

"As one of Android's key global partners we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefited both users and the industry".

Despite these accusations, Huawei continues to maintain that is not possible for the Chinese government to poison its equipment. Users may also be prevented from updating their software and security fixes once Google introduces the next version of Android next year. Chip experts have questioned Huawei's ability to continue to operate without United States help. Any new Huawei devices would no longer have apps such as YouTube and Maps.

Software developers might feel compelled to offer a Huawei-specific version of their apps.