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Trump extends Huawei ban until 2021

Donald Trump has extended the US' ban on Huawei for 12 months.

The Chinese tech firm was handed a 45-day reprieve licence by the US Commerce Department in February.

And after the company was blacklisted by the US government from using their products last May, the firm obtained a temporary licence allowing US companies to do business with them, which had been extended.

However, their previous 90-day reprieves in May, August and in November were cut down to half the time.

The Commerce Department insisted they extended it again "to prevent interruption of existing network communication systems in rural U.S. regions and permit global network security measures."

They added: "The 45-day extension is necessary to allow existing telecommunication providers - particularly those in rural US communities - the ability to continue to temporarily and securely operate existing networks while they identify alternatives to Huawei for future operation."

But now, Trump's administration has ordered American businesses to stop working with firms like Huawei, who they believe pose a national security risk.

The International Emergency Economic Powers Act gives the president the power to regulate commerce during a national emergency, and now the ban is in place until May 2021.

This means Google are not permitted to offer their Google Mobile Services, such as Maps and YouTube, on Huawei's smartphones.

Huawei has previously insisted they have been treated "unfairly".

Google previously clarified its stance on the use of their apps on Huawei devices.

The tech giant shared an update with users to explain why you shouldn't "preload or sideload" its services on devices made by the Chinese manufacturer.

In a post from Android & Play Legal Director Tristan Ostrowski, he wrote: "Due to government restrictions, Google's apps and services are not available for preload or sideload on new Huawei devices.

"To protect user data privacy, security, and safeguard the overall experience, the Google Play Store, Google Play Protect, and Google's core apps (including Gmail, YouTube, Maps, and others) are only available on Play Protect certified devices.

"Play Protect certified devices go through a rigorous security review and compatibility testing process, performed by Google, to ensure user data and app information are kept safe. They also come from the factory with our Google Play Protect software, which provides protection against the device being compromised.

"This has been our long-standing approach to user security and privacy and is applied consistently across all device manufacturers."

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