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It's been more than a year since the U.S. Department of Commerce imposed a de facto trade ban on Huawei and related companies. Although the embargo prevented Huawei from deploying Google services in new Huawei devices, the company's Google-enabled Android products continued to be available for updates thanks to repeated extensions of its temporary general license (TGL).
However, it has been reported that the TGL will expire on the 13th, and it may not be possible to update previous products in the future.
In May 2019, the U.S. Department of Commerce officially added Huawei and 68 affiliates to the Entity List, which allows U.S. companies to be prohibited from doing business without government approval. The issuance of TGLs shortly thereafter allowed Huawei to continue to maintain its existing communications network and software updates for its already launched smartphones.
The TGL was extended as described above, but in May, the U.S. Department of Commerce extended it until August 13 with the addition of an "Expected Final 90-Day Extension". Then, on August 14, without any statement, The Washington Post received a statement from the Department of Commerce stating that the license had expired.
The U.S. Department of Commerce said in an email that the license provided "an opportunity for users of Huawei devices and telecommunications providers to continue to temporarily operate such devices and existing networks while hastening the transition to alternative suppliers.” It seems to suggest that the agency is unwavering in its ultimate goal of banning Huawei products and that it has provided enough time to do so.
A Google spokesperson also responded that the company's previous permission to deliver the update was based on TGL. It declined to comment further.
In February, Google recommended in its official Android help to not sideload apps (installing apps without going through Google Play or other authorized stores) on uncertified Huawei devices. So from now on, this " uncertified" could include devices with Google services.
The only thing we were able to confirm this time was the fact that the TGL has expired and the main principle that Google will allow updates to be delivered as long as the TGL is available. There is a possibility that the Department of Commerce will announce another extension at a later date, so users of Huawei devices with Google services will want to keep their hopes alive.
Source: The Washington Post
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