US ban on Huawei casts shadow on smartphone industry

Beyond hurting the China firm's sales, the move to bar it from using Android and Google apps also unnerves device-makers reliant on the technologies

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In the penultimate episode of the eighth and final season of Game Of Thrones, which started in 2011, the Dragon Queen Daenerys Targaryen decides to burn civilians and enemy soldiers alive with dragon fire. Her merciless and indiscriminate killing even after enemy forces had surrendered was the pivotal moment that transformed her from heroine to villain.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 22, 2019, with the headline 'US ban on Huawei casts shadow on smartphone industry'. Print Edition | Subscribe