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Huawei P30 price falls 90% after Google Android ban

Forbes reports that the Huawei P30 Pro that used to cost $1398 (approximately Ksh. 140,000) now costs $130 (Ksh. 13,000). This means the phone has lost almost 90% of its value.

This comes weeks after US President Donald Trump’s directive to have Google ban Huawei from its Android system.

Without Google, Huawei wouldn’t be able to sell smartphones with its services, including Maps, Gmail, and Google Assistant, essentially forcing the company to come up with their own back-up plan or risk losing market share.

Doubts have been raised over whether Huawei, or anyone, can now effectively build an operating system to rival the dominance and customer satisfaction of Android.

Google’s open source platform has an 80 percent market share.

This even as Huawei’s blacklisting comes as the Trump administration is engaged in an escalating trade war with China.

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