In what will likely take Huawei to the smartphone summit, Google has applied for a license to allow it to work with the Chinese firm despite the US ban.
Huawei has been blocked from generally using Google’s services, following the ban that the Trump administration placed on it. While the company keeps denying the several accusations, the US has refused to lift the ban.
This ban blocks US companies from working with Huawei. However, there is room for companies to apply for a license to allow it to continue trading with it. For example, Microsoft which is based in the United States obtained this kind of license in 2019. In a statement, a spokesperson for Microsoft said:
“On November 20th, the US Department of Commerce granted Microsoft’s request for a license to export mass-market software to Huawei. We appreciate the department’s action in response to our request.”
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Now, Google is applying for this sort of license as well. If it eventually obtains this, it will mean Huawei gets to use Google Mobile Services (GMS) and it may even out-perform its 2019 impressive performance.
According to Android and Google Play vice-president Sameer Samat, Google submitted an application for a license from the US government. The decision of the government will likely set the tone for the future of smartphones in 2020.
Since Microsoft had resumed trading with Huawei, it had been shipping Windows and many other Microsoft services on its PCs.
Meanwhile, before such Google services as PlayStore returns to Huawei phones (if they ever return), the company had created its own way of coping. Launching Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) as well as AppGallery is part of its coping mechanism.
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