Google 'suspends support for Huawei devices'

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Google has suspended all business with embattled tech giant Huawei, according to reports.

Unnamed sources told Reuters that the company would be ending its relationship with the company aside from any work covered by open source licenses.

In practice, this appears to mean that Huawei will no longer be able to include key Google products such as Gmail and Maps in its future phones - although it is thought that support will continue for owners of existing Huawei models.

The move comes in the wake of the Trump administration's ban on Huawei, as part of a national emergency declared by the President to "deal with the threat posed by the unrestricted acquisition or use in the United States of information or communication technology...supplied by persons owned by, controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of foreign adversaries."

In the UK, former foreign secretary Gavin Williamson was sacked from his post at the beginning of the month following an investigation into a leak regarding Huawei's involvement in the provision of 5G coverage.

The leak came from the top-secret National Security Council. Williamson has maintained his innocence, and has called for an investigation into the inquiry.

The US ban is likely to be extremely difficult to enforce, with smartphones using both hardware and software components from a huge range of sources.

Huawei, meanwhile, has remained defiant in the face of the move, insisting that it intends to become "self-reliant" in its production processes.

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