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Without future updates and other crucial components of Google's Android operating system , Huawei's future smartphones could become expensive paperweights to existing owners rather than useful — and even great — smartphones. But Huawei wasn't the first Chinese tech company to get on the US government's "entity list," which is known within the government as the "death penalty," according to The Washington Post.

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The ban came as a result of an investigation into ZTE's sales to North Korea and Iran, which the US said violated existing sanctions against those countries. The company said that the ban threatened its existence. After intense negotiations over the following months, the Trump administration reached an agreement with ZTE to lift the crippling sanctions. ZTE was also forced to make changes to its executive team and allow a US compliance team to oversee activities.

ZTE apparently couldn't continue without Qualcomm chips and Android software.

Read more : Why Huawei smartphones are so popular all over the world — except in the US, where stores don't sell them. Eventually, a compromise was reached that would prevent ZTE only from obtaining US government contracts. ZTE's woes have continued in A federal investigation into whether the company is a security risk is ongoing.

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