The ban on US companies dealing with Chinese mobile manufacturer Huawei has been extended until May 2021, scuppering the firm’s hopes of bringing Google apps back to its Android phones.

The order comes straight from the top, with President Donald Trump extending the ban on Google and other US firms offering its hardware/software tech to Huawei or ZTE (via Reuters). Trump first signed an executive order in May 2019 and has now extended it for a further year. As such the US government will continue to restrict Huawei’s efforts to use US-made tech without express permission.

Because Android is open source, Huawei still uses the bare-bones version of the operating system, but cannot access any of the Google Mobile Services apps such as Gmail, Google Maps and YouTube.

That’s been a major…

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