The Huawei ban issues doesn’t seem to end soon. It was reported earlier that Google revoked the company’s Android license, forcefully made to do so by a Trump order. Meanwhile, the US Commerce Department has effectively delayed some of the consequences of that order for Huawei by 90 days beginning today.
In this period Huawei will be able to purchase American-made goods “in order to maintain existing networks and provide software updates to existing Huawei handsets”, according to a Reuters report. However, “the company is still prohibited from buying American parts and components to manufacture new products without license approvals that likely will be denied”.
The Android license revocation has thus been put on hold for 90 days too, which means that in this time Huawei can still certify OS updates with Google for existing handsets. Whether or not this time frame will be long enough to ensure such certifications are given for Android Q updates for Huawei’s existing handsets remains to be seen, but we assume the Chinese company will do its best to receive them.
It still can’t launch any new phone that isn’t already certified by Google to use its services. The Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro launching tomorrow have likely already undergone that process so they’re ‘safe’, and the foldable Mate X may be in the same situation. But for phones that are to launch later in the year, the future is looking anything but bright at this point.
The reprieve that Huawei got expires on August 19, and perhaps the US and China will smooth things over until then with further trade negotiations.