Google Might Soon Let Huawei Use its Services Again

By Gavin Whenman on at

Google apps and the Play store might soon be returning to Huawei devices, according to a report from the New York Times.

An executive order signed by US president (ugh) Donald Trump in May banned US companies from purchasing telecommunications equipment from foreign companies, including Huawei, deemed a national security risk. That prevented the Chinese company from accessing updates to Google's services. The ban technically hasn't yet gone into effect, with the US government issuing a temporary reprieve that expires in November. While national security was the stated reason for the order, it was widely viewed as a move in the growing trade war between the US and China.

Even though many existing devices from the company continue to use Google software, the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro launched last month without Google apps or the Google Play store, although at the launch the company's CEO, Richard Yu, said they were ready to roll Google services out to the devices as soon as the US ban is lifted.

This latest report suggests the Trump (oh, god) administration is preparing to issue licenses allowing some US companies to supply non-sensitive goods to the Chinese company, in the hopes of finalising a fresh US-China trade deal. If true, Huawei has promised Google services could be restored overnight. [New York Times via Pocket Lint]