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Huawei crackdown

Customers ask: Is a Huawei phone without Google worth $1,000?

Consumer question goes to heart of US efforts to curb China's biggest phone maker

Sales of Huawei's Mate 30 have been strong in China but losing Google services could hurt it overseas. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- The U.S.-China trade war is testing whether smartphone users are more loyal to their devices or the apps that run on them, and the answer is not as clear cut as Donald Trump may have hoped.

Washington's ban on the use of Google services by Huawei Technologies means the Chinese smartphone maker has had to roll out its latest Mate 30 series of smartphones without apps like Gmail and Google Maps. It is one of the more visible attempts by the Trump administration to curb Huawei's growing international reach, and Huawei itself originally estimated the ban would cause sales to fall about $30 billion short of its goal.

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