Just a few months ago the US government placed a complete ban on the companies doing business with Huawei. The decision was taken due to an unspecified national security threat. However, it seems that President Donald Trump has now softened his stance. In a press conference at the G20 conference held on Saturday, he announced that: “American companies will continue” to do business with the telecom giant.
However, it is still not clear whether it includes 5G network technology that is developed by Huawei. But it is definitely applied to Android and Google. As per the terms of the previous ban, Google was stopped from selling an android license to Huawei. This means Huawei phones could use the base open-source code. But it didn’t have access to all the important Google and PlayStore applications.
Although Trump didn’t particularly mention about Qualcomm, Google or Intel in the announcement, however, he made a point of calling out the “complex and highly scientific” products that are developed by US tech companies.
“What we’ve done in Silicon Valley is incredible and nobody has been able to compete with it, and I’ve agreed to allow them to continue to sell the product to Huawei.”
The ban may not have taken effect due to a 90-day reprieve, but it was definitely having an impact on the development of future products. Huawei has confirmed that they were working on the development of their own OS. They were also taking help from other China brands such as Xiaomi, Vivo, and Oppo as partners. Now that Google is allowed to provide an android license to Huawei, the company needs to decide whether they want to carry on with their project or go back to Google. This is affecting the functioning of the company.
Despite all this one thing that is still there is that Huawei is not allowed to sell its smartphones in the US. However, Trump didn’t shut down the possibility either, saying the two countries “will have to save that to the very end” of their negotiations over tariffs.