Several U.S. companies had already found ways around the ban, and continued to sell products to Huawei anyway. The temporary reprieve until August has also enabled Huawei to work with Google and deliver software updates to key devices, including the P30 Pro and the newly released Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro. What’s not clear is exactly which companies will be given new licenses to continue working with Huawei, when the licenses will come, and whether — perhaps most crucially — Google, Intel, Qualcomm, and other major brands will be included.
Any change is good news for Huawei, but it has been working on its own plans to mitigate damage from the ban. It has its own alternative software operating system in development for its products, but the release was not expected until next year. Work will likely continue, but provided Google can sell to Huawei again, its release may not be as high priority as it was before this new announcement. It can be assumed that Huawei will not be invited to sell its 5G infrastructure hardware in the U.S., as this would represent a security risk according to U.S. lawmakers.
The agreement that U.S. companies can sell some products to Huawei again is part of Donald Trump’s continued conversations with Xi Jinping over the ongoing U.S. trade war. Tariffs totaling $300 billion will not be imposed, and negotiations will continue, according to a report on the meeting by the BBC.
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