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Google regains relations with Huawei after temporary truce


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Google said on Tuesday, May 21, that it will continue to work with Huawei for a period of 90 days, after the US government announced that it would give the Chinese company a three-month truce.

On Monday, May 20, the US Department of Commerce was creating a license that for now will allow Huawei to preserve existing networks and issue updates to your phones and tablets. This truce is aimed at giving US companies enough time to find long-term solutions and to protect consumers from security risks. The license expires on August 19.

"Having updated and secure phones is in the best interest of all and this temporary license allows us to continue providing software updates and security fixes to existing models in the next 90 days," a Google spokesman said in a statement.

Huawei has not responded to a request for comment.

Google?s decision to resume its relations with Huawei, the second largest mobile phone company in the world, represents a turnaround of the plans announced a few days ago when the government of Donald Trump issued an executive order that vetoed Huawei in the United States, restricting the access of the Chinese company to components and software of the United States.

For Google, that decree meant suspending some business relationships with Huawei, which is a key partner for its Android operating system. Google said it would stop providing Huawei with customer support and that the next versions of Huawei phones sold outside China will not have access to the Google Play Store app and its services, such as YouTube and Google Maps. Huawei, however, will continue to have access to the open source version of Android without Google services.

It is not clear what Google will do after the 90-day license expires.

Editor's Note:This article was originally published on May 21, 2019.

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