Following a meeting with Chinese president, Xi Jinping, president Donald Trump said at the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan that US companies can once again sell technology to Huawei.
This missive comes just six weeks after Google suspended Huawei’s Android license and sent not only the firm, but users too, into something of a state of panic.
Thankfully, that panic can begin to subside slightly.
“U.S. companies can sell their equipment to Huawei,” Trump said according to Bloomberg, “We’re talking about equipment where there’s no great national security problem with it.”
The addition of Huawei to an entity’s list following an executive order from the US president meant that US firms could no longer do business with Huawei.
His decision saw firms such as Google suspending Huawei’s Android license, ARM seemingly turned its back on the firm and the SD Association and WiFi Alliance culled Huawei’s membership before quietly restoring it.
Huawei has yet to comment on the statement made by Trump save for a tweet from the Huawei Facts Twitter account.
— Huawei Facts (@HuaweiFacts) June 29, 2019
During his speech announcing this lifting of trade restrictions on Huawei, Trump acknowledged that US firms were not happy with his decision.
“The (US) companies were not exactly happy that they couldn’t sell,” Trump said.
“A lot of people are surprised, we send and sell to Huawei a tremendous amount of product that goes into the various things they make. I said that that’s okay, we will keep selling that product,” Trump said.
The president acknowledged that in some cases US firms are the only firms that might supply tech that Huawei needs.
We’d argue that in the case of Android it’s not some much what Huawei needs but more what users want.
While there have been rumours about a stand-alone operating system being developed by Huawei, users might not be so keen to jump on to an operating system that may or may not support the apps they’ve grown accustomed to using.
For now though it seems as if Huawei can resume purchasing US products and the firm’s future is a bit clearer now with the ban out of the way.