24 July 2019
The U.S. government has finally opened doors for local companies to continue working with the Chinese tech giant Huawei. The announcement was made by the U.S. president Donald Trump while speaking at the G20 summit sidelines. He did not go into much details but said that the business will be allowed for "equipment where there’s no great national security problem with it."
It means it is quite unlikely that the permission will be applicable on 5G equipment that Huawei is helping manufacture. But for those of you who use a Huawei or Honor smartphone or tablet, you would be happy to know that Huawei will now be able to make use of Google's Android license. It means the freedom to use the Google Play Store as well as different Google products and services.
When Huawei was imposed with a ban last month, it meant the end of collaboration with Google. It was allowed to use only the AOSP part of Android with no access to Google-owned properties. This resulted in future of Huawei/Honor devices getting into a dark with no surety over software upgrades. It should be noted that the U.S. did announce a 90-day repreive offering temporary relief to the company which is scheduled to expire on August 19th.
This is the reason Huawei accelerated its working on a custom operating system, reportedly referred to as HongMeng OS. It is supposed to replace Android on company's devices if it is never allowed to use Android. With the fresh announcement, Huawei will have to decide whether to keep developments going on for the OS or put them on hold. We are waiting for an official statement from the company and will update the story as and when that happens.