One of the biggest and longest-running stories in tech from the past year is still making waves in 2020 — the aftermath of the abrupt US ban of Huawei , the Chinese smartphone manufacturer that subsequently was barred from doing business with Google and is trying to find a way to do what no smartphone brand has been able to do yet. That is, to offer consumers a viable alternative in an Android-iOS world. Older Huawei phones can still run Android and have access to Google’s app marketplace, but new handsets from the company — like the Mate 30, released in September, which was Huawei’s first Google-free device, as well as the P40 coming in March — are another story. By Google preventing Huawei from obtaining a licensed version of Android that can be used in new phones, that fact instantly gives the handsets a high burden to surmount outside of China. The company’s phones do have fans in some Western countries, but that’s partly because of the accessibility of Google services like Gmail and Google Maps on them.