Late last year, Huawei launched the Mate 30 series with an amazing design and powerful specs lineup. The Mate 30 series didn’t live up to its full sales potential outside China as a result of the absence of Google Services. Huawei has been under a trade ban that prevents US companies from selling US tech to the Chinese giant. Although the company has created an alternative to Google apps, it remains to be seen how that will pan out outside China. However, in an unusual move, the Trump administration on Monday issued a 45-day extension allowing U.S. companies to continue doing business with China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, Reuters reports.
Huawei has been on the US trade entity list in May citing national security concerns. The ban was relaxed at several times by the U.S. Commerce Department, allowing Huawei to purchase some much-needed American-made goods. The extensions were said to be aimed at minimizing disruptions for customers, many of which operate networks in rural America.
The lifting of the ban for 45 days is coming at a time the administration has been debating further tightening restrictions on sales of U.S. goods to Huawei. A Huawei exec had also stated that it won’t go back to using Google apps if the ban was lifted but the company was quick to leave it is options open with the release of a statement that read; “An open Android ecosystem is still our first choice, but if we are not able to continue to use it, we have the ability to develop our own.”