These are the areas around the world where Google's breakup with Huawei will likely be felt the most
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- Huawei is the second-largest smartphone maker in the world, despite the fact that its products have not been popular in the United States.
- Huawei accounts for a notable portion of the smartphone market in Greater China, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
- But the company's future in the smartphone space remains unclear as Google has said it will no longer work with Huawei on future smartphones, although Huawei just caught a break after the US Commerce Department temporarily loosened its restrictions on the company to allow it to continue to provide updates to its existing US customers until August 19.
- After August 19th, these are the markets where customers will feel any changes from Huawei the most.
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Google has significantly scaled back its business with Huawei in a move that would prevent the Chinese tech behemoth from bringing Google's suite of popular services - including apps like the Play Store and Gmail - to its future smartphones. The decision also means that Google will no longer work with Huawei to provide Android system updates available to its smartphones, as Reuters first reported.On Monday, however, Huawei caught a break when the US Commerce Department decided to allow the company to continue maintaining and providing updates to its existing US handsets until August 19. But whether Huawei will be able to maintain its position as a leader in the global smartphone market after that temporary license expires remains to be seen.Advertisement
But it also has a sizable chunk of the smartphone market in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, as Huawei was responsible for 23.34% of smartphone shipments in the EMEA region during that same time period.
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Google's move comes after the US government placed Huawei on a trade blacklist that would require US companies to obtain government approval in order to work with the Chinese tech firm. Current Huawei smartphones will remain unaffected for now and will still have access to Google services like the Play Store, but Google will not collaborate with the company on future handsets.Huawei previously said that it has developed its own smartphone operating system to be used in place of Android, but the company has not divulged details on it just yet. Advertisement
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