Huawei gets temporary licence amid US sanctions row

Huawei has been granted a temporary US general licence, meaning it can maintain its networks and provide software updates to existing handsets.

It comes after reports from Reuters and The Verge that Google has suspended business with Huawei, undermining its lineup of smartphones and tablets which run on Android.

The licence scales back the restrictions imposed by the US government on Thursday, which had added Huawei and 68 entities to a blacklist making it difficult for the Chinese company to buy US-made goods.

The licence is for 90 days, the US Commerce Department said.

It will mean that those with Huawei smartphones using Google apps will be able to continue to do so.

They will also be able to use and downloads app updates provided by Google, a representative of the US-based tech firm said.

Huawei’s enormous sales figures in China and impressive growth in parts of Europe have seen the company overtake iPhone maker Apple in terms of market share.

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Figures released earlier this month suggested that Huawei was now only behind Samsung in global smartphone sales, with 59.1 million shipments in the first quarter of 2019.

Google apps and services are a critical part of Android devices.

The loss of Google apps would not have made much difference in Huawei’s home market of China, where most Google apps are banned anyway.

But it would have made the phones very unattractive to customers in western countries.

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Source: SKY NEWS

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