Huawei’s smartphone business outside China has effectively been killed by Donald Trump, but the US Commerce Department has given the company 3 months to put their affairs in order.
They have granted Huawei a temporary license which would allow the company to take action “necessary to provide service and support, including software updates or patches, to existing Huawei handsets that were available to the public on or before May 16, 2019.”
The license would also allow Huawei to maintain its existing network equipment, and to receive security vulnerability disclosures.
That license, however, expires on the 19th August, but this may allow time for other approaches to postpone the apocalypse.
Huawei has said that they are working on their own replacement for Android and Google’s Play services, but without the big US-based apps such as YouTube, Facebook and Snapchat it seems unlikely consumers will compromise knowingly and purchase Huawei’s next generation of devices.
The Temporary License can be seen in full here.
Via The Verge