According to the latest report from Politico, US Commerce Department may be granting a 6-month extension for Huawei’s temporary general license which would otherwise expires on November 18th.
The additional six-month extension is said to allow rural telecommunications firms to maintain some of their ongoing transaction with Huawei. Similar to the case of the previous two extensions, the upcoming extension is likely to allow Huawei/ Honor devices to receive software updates and patches as well.
However, only smartphones which were certified by Google prior to the US trade ban are eligible for these updates. This means that the newly announced Huawei Mate 30 series smartphones will remain inaccessible to licensed Google apps and services.
If the six-month extension is indeed approved, then the eligible Huawei and Honor smartphones will be able to receive software updates and patches till May 2020.
In related news, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has recently revealed during an interview with Bloomberg that licenses for U.S. companies to sell components to Huawei Technologies Co will come “very shortly”.
Therfeore, there is a possibility that the so-called special license could be issued to Google in the near future that could reinstate their business ties with Huawei.
When this happens, Huawei will be able to bring all the essential, licensed Google apps and services to their latest Mate 30 series smartphones.