What's a Google-free life like on Huawei phones?

A visitor checks out the Huawei Mate X2 at a booth during the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai on Feb 23, 2021.
A visitor checks out the Huawei Mate X2 at a booth during the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai on Feb 23, 2021.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - When the United States government barred companies in the country from working with Chinese phone maker Huawei in 2019, this included search giant Google.

This meant that popular Google apps such as Gmail, Maps, YouTube and even the Play Store could no longer be bundled with new Huawei smartphones.

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