Huawei will be able to keep sending software updates to its phones for the next three months despite an effective sales ban in the United States, after receiving a temporary license from the United States Commerce Department.
The company now has a Temporary General License but on a limited basis — in this case, Google will be allowed to provide software updates to Huawei for its Android phones while Huawei’s component suppliers will stop their deliveries for previously-made orders.
“Keeping phones up to date and secure is in everyone’s best interests and this temporary license allows us to continue to provide software updates and security patches to existing models for the next 90 days”, a Google spokesperson told CNBC on Tuesday.
Reuters stated that the blacklisting, officially known as placing Huawei on the Commerce Department’s entity list, was one or two efforts by the Trump administration this week allegedly made in an attempt to thwart national security risks. In an executive order, President Donald Trump also effectively barred the use of its equipment in U.S. telecom networks.
The United States believes Huawei’s smartphones and network equipment could be used by China to spy on Americans, allegations the company has repeatedly denied.
The granting of Huawei’s temporary license is a release for the many carriers that use its equipment in their networks — most of them are in Europe and Asia with a few service providers across rural parts of the U.S. The company is able to pass along security patches and software updates to their clients for the time being.
The license also allows Huawei to engage in the development of standards for fifth-generation (5G) telecom networks.
Reuters posted Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei told Chinese state media that the reprieve bore little meaning for the company as it had been making preparations for such a scenario.id
The 90 days granted by the government will certainly come to pass and we wont even notice it but Huawei announced that it would continue to provide updates for devices already in customers’ hands. “We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally,” the company said.