Trump Allows Huawei To Do Business with US Companies Again
US companies will be allowed to work with Huawei again, US President Donald Trump announced in a news conference.
The announcement was made on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, where Trump said “U.S. companies can sell their equipment to Huawei,” without going into detail. “We’re talking about equipment where there’s no great national security problem with it,” Trump continued. While this does not exactly clarify what it means for Huawei, it seems like the Chines company will be able to at least acquire basic components such as Qualcomm processors and Google’s Android OS.
According to some reports, US chipmakers like Intel and Xilinx lobbied the government to ease restrictions on Huawei. Given the fact that in 2018, Huawei spent around $11 billion on chips made by Intel, Qualcomm, and Micron alone, the lobbying looks pretty much justified.
There has been no official statement yet and Huawei continues to remain on the “Entity List” of companies that the US Department of Commerce bars from dealing with American entities.
“Huawei is very much in play in terms of our country and in terms of intelligence and the intelligence community — we know a lot about Huawei — but I don’t want to mention that right now. I just think it’s inappropriate. We’re not making it other than what I told you… We’re going to save that for later,” Trump added.
For owners of Huawei devices, the news could not have come at a better time. Even though Huawei had promised that it would bring Android Q to several high-end devices, the situation was not too clear.
The Chinese smartphone giant had already delayed the launch of the Huawei Mate X folding device to September, instead of its original plans to launch it this summer. The company was also ready for a 40-60% drop in international shipments of Huawei phones due to its war with Google.