“Google can’t eliminate the Iranian-made operating system,” assured Iran’s Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Minister Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi on Sunday, IRNA reported.
He also said that Iranian phone maker company GLX has manufactured a smartphone that is compatible with the system.
“This will assure Iranian users that they can publish their business applications on a safe platform,” Azari Jahromi added.
The move comes after Google said it won’t support Android for Huawei phones following the US-China trade war.
Google eliminated various copies of Telegram, popular in Iran, from its Google Play Services a few months ago.
According to the Iranian minister, several Iranian business apps were also affected by the action.
Earlier, Apple had blocked and then removed Iranian apps from its App Store.