Huawei’s trading ban with the US has been partially lifted, but it’s not exactly clear what that means and the firm still isn’t sure if it can even use Android anymore. For context, the US earlier banned US companies from doing trade with Huawei. While some firms found loopholes enabling them to continue supplying the company with components, others like Google were forced to pull support for Huawei devices with some exceptions. This weekend, the US President announced that the trading restrictions would be lifted to the extent that they don’t jeopardise natural security, but there has been no clarity on what that entails.
Huawei gave the following response to Reuters:
“We acknowledge President Trump’s comments related to Huawei over the weekend and will wait for guidance from the Department of Commerce but have nothing further to add at this time.”
While the US President made statements over the weekend, the US Department of Commerce has yet to take any action or send any notification to Huawei or other trading partners, leaving the firm in a trading limbo. With the volatility of the current US president, Huawei’s wait and see approach seems prudent.