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Huawei could get Android license back soon — report

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Here comes some big news for all the Huawei fans. The New York Times today said the U.S. government plans to grant licenses to American companies to sell certain nonsensitive products to Huawei, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter.

This might mean devices like the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro will finally be granted an Android license, which is necessary to get Google apps and services running properly. Currently, Huawei latest flagship smartphones don’t have the Play Store and other Google apps preinstalled, and instead they’re using Huawei Mobile Services, a first-party solution that has the basics covered but, unfortunately, not much else.

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The timing of the decision is notable, as trade negotiations between the U.S. and China are set to resume this week in Washington. Last week, President Trump gave the green light to allow some American firms to bypass the ban the U.S. government put on the technology giant. Huawei has been on the Trump administration’s entity list since May on allegations of espionage for the Chinese state — a claim it has vehemently denied.

In August, Huawei was given a temporary license to continue buying American goods including software from Google, which is why current Huawei smartphones and tablets continue to receive Android updates even now. In fact, a lot of Huawei handsets have been officially confirmed to get the Android 10-based EMUI 10 software update sometime in the future. The license will expire November 19th.  

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President Trump said before that he would approve licenses for U.S. companies to restart business with Huawei after a meeting with China’s head of state Xi Jinping in Japan, in June. And now, four months later, it seems plausible that the world’s second-largest smartphone vendor would be taken out of the crossfire between the two biggest economies.

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 11 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between. His latest addiction is the comments section of viral Facebook posts.