Huawei Granted Temporary License

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Following the event that Google revoked Huawei’s Android license, Creating mishmash on the tech community, the U.S. Commerce Department told Reuters that Huawei will be granted a “temporary general license.” This license, which will last until August 19th, This allows Huawei to “maintain existing networks and provide software updates to existing Huawei handsets.” The license does not allow U.S. companies to work with Huawei on new products, however.

To be clear, this temporary license only grants Huawei a reprieve from the U.S. trade ban. We have yet to see if Google has temporarily restored Huawei’s Android license, though that’s likely going to happen given that the alternative is chaos and uncertainty for hundreds of millions of Android users worldwide. If Huawei is once again allowed to become a GMS Partner, then the company can proceed with releasing its planned updates on the schedule.

Although Huawei likely has much of its work already complete for the next EMUI version based on Android Q, it’s unlikely the company will release the update if it cannot ship Google Play apps and services with the release. We’ll have to wait and see what happens to Huawei after August 19th.

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