International news agency Reuters broke the story that one time Google had suspended its business ties with Huawei after the United States government added the latter to a trade blacklist.
(Update, August 19: This is confirmed! See Confirmed: Huawei may continue working with US companies.)
Huawei has since been given a 90-day temporary general license, allowing it to buy goods in the U.S. to maintain its operational networks and equipment. The authorization has also permitted Google to send Android updates to Huawei devices.
Today, Reuters reports that sources familiar with the situation say the license, which is set to expire August 19, will be extended to another 90 days — or until November 17.
This means Huawei devices will continue to have access to Android, timely software updates, and first-party apps like Gmail, YouTube, and Assistant pending a call between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump this weekend.
While Trump had claimed that the move to put Huawei on the U.S. Entity List had to do with security and foreign-policy concerns, there are also indications that the technology giant has been caught in the crossfire of the trade war between China and the U.S.
One of the most recent signs is the White House delaying its decision to issue licenses for American companies to continue doing business with Huawei after China said it was halting purchases of U.S. farming goods.
Recall that on June 29, Trump announced on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan that American firms like Google could continue to sell goods and services to Huawei.
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