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Trade war

Google lockout would hit Huawei's smartphone business 'right away'

Loss of Android expected to drive away European users

Industry watchers say losing access to Android will hurt Huawei's popularity in the European smartphone market. (AP/Reuters)

TAIPEI -- Huawei's smartphone business will take an immediate hit if it loses access to Google's Android operating system and apps after a 90-day grace period expires, analysts and industry insiders warn.

The Chinese company is attempting to cement its position as the world's second biggest smartphone maker, having regained the position from Apple in the first quarter of this year.

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