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07 Jul 2017
13 Sep 2013
News  Industry
ZTE US Android ban

Trade War

Things turned sour very quickly following US President Donald Trumps sanctions on Chinese goods and services.

The impact on the mobile industry could be far reaching, since Android is enjoying a 78% global market share on handsets. Fearing losing economic power to China, the Trump administration said the measures were a response to a 7-month investigation into Chinese "unfair practices", including spying, hacking and what amounted to the extortion of US companies in order to gain access to the Chinese market.

Concern over an imminent trade war sent the Dow jones 700 points down on the news.

Many Chinese handsets use their own variation of the "pure" AOSP Android source tree without any Google services, such as Google Play and Maps. However, these are rarely seen outside China where a handset lacking such support is a difficult sell.

Huawei to pull out of the US too

Business in the US was already proving tough for all the Chinese smartphone giants. When the director of the FBI tells you not to use Huawei or ZTE handsets, you know the writing is on the wall. It's a shame, because all the reports of the new flagship models from these companies indicate genuine hardware innovation.

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