ZTE’s US ban may cost the company its Android license as well. Ban means ZTE may not be able to use Google’s mobile OS in its devices.
Earlier, the U.S. Commerce Department banned American firms from selling parts and software to ZTE for seven years after the company was caught illegally shipping U.S. goods to Iran.
Technically the ban can’t prevent ZTE from using the Android OS, as it’s open source. Alphabet may decide to pull ZTE’s GMS license (the Mobile Application Distribution Agreement (MADA) as it’s known). It means ZTE won’t get the Google Mobile Services (GMS) package, which includes several applications and services, including the Play Store.