Google to continue working with Huawei after government U-turn

The US Commerce Department's decision to grant a 90-day license for mobile phone companies and internet broadband providers to work with Huawei reopens door for Google collaboration

21May

Having announced it would cut its ties with Huawei to comply with the US government's decision to put the company on its "Entity List", Google has now reversed its decision after the US Commerce Department's granted a 90-day license for mobile phone companies and internet broadband providers to work with the Chinese telecoms giant.

The exemption will allow Google to send software updates to Huawei phones using its Android operating system up until August 19.

Speaking to CNBC, a Google spokesperson said: "Keeping phones up to date and secure is in everyone's best interests. This temporary license allows us to continue to provide software updates and security patches to existing models for the next 90 days."

Last week, the US Commerce Department added Huawei and 68 other entities to an export blacklist, which would make it practically impossible for the Chinese company to purchase US-made goods.

The blacklist – more popularly known as the "Entity List" – is composed of companies the US government believes have been engaging in activities threatening national security or the country's foreign policy interests.

Created as a temporary general license, the latest 90-day authorization will allow Huawei to engage in the development of standards for future 5G networks, as long as it disclosures security vulnerabilities and becomes more transparent.

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