If you own a Huawei smartphone, there is somewhat of good news for you. The USA's commerce department has issued statement stating that it will offer a 90-day grace period for specific US companies and customers using any Huawei equipment.
This means that if you own Huawei Android-based smartphone you will still be able to use it as per normal and receive updates until the 90-day relief period expires on 19 August 2019.
"2. Support to Existing Handsets: BIS (Industry and Security Bureau) authorizes engagement in transactions, subject to other provisions of the EAR, necessary to provide service and support, including software updates or patches, to existing Huawei handsets that were available to the public on or before May 16, 2019," reads part of the Temporary General License issued for Huawei and its affiliate companies.
Trump bans Huawei
American President Donald Trump raised the stakes on 15 May 2019 when he signed a new executive order that identifies sabotage (not espionage) as the main threat from foreign states, and declared a national emergency. As part of that executive order, it followed that Huawei Technologies and all its global affiliate companies were banned in the USA.
As such, Google became the first major company to comply with the executive order by announcing on 19 May 2019 that it had pulled Huawei's Android license and will be cutting ties with the Chinese telecommunications company.
The temporary license will come as a relief for many of Huawei's global customers who were left in the dark as to what would happen next with their handsets considering that the latest Huawei flagship phone, was launched barely a few months ago.
Relief for Huawei customers
It also means that Google will now be able to provide Android security updates as well as operating system updates during the 90-day grace period. However, this only applies to current Huawei smartphones as future ones will still not receive the Android operating system and Google’s apps.
Also relieved will be smaller telecommunications companies in the USA who use Huawei's "cheap and reliable" networking equipment on their 4G networks.
The Temporary General Licence is in effect for three months, until 19 August 2019.
Cover image credit: Huawei experience shop in South Africa.