The US Government recently banned US companies from dealing with ZTE after the company broke US sanctions by illegally selling devices to Iran. US companies are now banned from selling components to the company, this includes chip maker Qualcomm.
Now it would appear that the ban could apply to more than just physical components, it could also apply to software and this would include ZTE’s Android license from Google.
If this turns out to be correct this could be bad news for ZTE who’s smartphones run Google’s Android OS. The company is the seventh largest Android smartphone maker and they shipped 46.4 million smartphones last year. The US government has banned US companies from dealing with ZTE for the next seven years.
It is not clear as yet on whether the rules will apply to their Android license from Google, as soon as we get some more details, we will let you guys know.