Google gets nod to license Android for Huawei

Barely a month after the U.S. government placed a ban on companies doing business with Huawei due to an unspecified national security threat, President Donald Trump has seemingly softened his hard stance.

On Saturday, during a press conference at the G20 summit, he took a big step forward by announcing that “American companies will continue” to do business with the Chinese tech giant.

Under the terms of the previous ban, Google was barred from selling an Android license to Huawei, meaning its phones could use the base open-source code, but would not have access to all-important Play Store and Google apps.

Trump’s announcement doesn’t gives us a clear picture on whether that extends to the 5G network technology that Huawei is developing but it is almost certain that it applies to Google and Android.

Soon after the ban, a temporary license was provided which allowed Google to support and update the Android software currently running on existing Huawei devices.

However, the smartphone company was not happy with it as it was taking a toll on the development and its future products. Huawei has confirmed that it was working on its own OS and was reportedly reaching out to other Chinese brands such as Oppo,Vivo, and Xiaomi as partners.

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Now that Google can continue to sell it’s Android license to Huawei, the Chinese tech firm have to figure out whether it should stick with its EMUI OS or continue pursuing the project.

Apart from giving reprieve to Huawei, Trump’s move is said to be a significant one as it will boost Google and other Huawei partners who invested significant time and resources into developing a relationship with Huawei to boost their own businesses through its business.

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