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U.S. Commerce Department scales back restrictions on Huawei

U.S. Commerce Department scales back restrictions on Huawei

The shocking development has come after the Trump administration added Huawei to a list of companies that American firms can not trade with unless they have a licence.

Google said it is "reviewing the implications" of last week's order requiring export licenses for technology sales to Huawei.

Though Huawei will be able to use a publicly available version of Google's operating system through open source licensing, future Huawei smartphones will not have the Android OS and other Google services.

Lu Kang from the Chinese foreign ministry says his country will take measures to make sure its businesses' rights are safeguarded.

The Verge has reported that Google has cut off Huawei's licence - meaning it will no longer be able to use apps like Maps and Gmail and will not have access to security updates.

What this means for owners of exiting Huawei devices - like the new Huawei P30 Pro - is that their device should continue to function as normal, but future updates to Android Q might not happen, although the complete implications of the order aren't now clear.

Will this have an impact on Huawei's existing sales?

Following Google's decision, Huawei said it would continue to provide security updates and services for all of its existing smartphones and tablets. Some of this technology is already being used in products sold in China, Huawei has said.

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A Huawei spokesperson stated that the Chinese firm is "evaluating the possible impact of this US government action on consumers". The official Android account on Twitter sent out the following tweet, clarifying that services like Google Play and security services from Google Play Protect would continue to function properly on existing Huawei phones.

Huawei's devices in China do not have Google apps, but the move could hugely damage the brand's appeal to consumers in other markets.

"The conflicts between USA and Chinese producers will have no impact on Russian users as everything works out well", Volin said.

The order, from President Donald Trump last week, prevents "foreign adversaries" from accessing U.S. technology without government approval. Naturally, as we cover all of Huawei's major new technology releases, T3 will be following this story closely, so be sure to check back in soon for any new developments.

Software developers might feel compelled to offer a Huawei-specific version of their apps.

Huawei's European business, its second-biggest market, could be hit as Huawei licenses these services from Google in Europe.

It seems that chip suppliers like Intel and Qualcomm will also be barred from doing business with Huawei.