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Huawei given 90-day extension to US ban

Huawei have had restrictions on US trade eased to allow telecommunications operators that rely on their equipment to switch their supplier.

The US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said that they have extended their license to August 19 for users of their pre-exshisting handsets and broadband services so that they can benefit from "software updates and security patches" on Android for the next 90 days.

He said: "In short, this license will allow operations to continue for existing Huawei mobile phone users and rural broadband networks."

The Chinese firm's founder Ren Zhengfei suggested on Tuesday (21.05.19) that the ban won't have much of an affect as they have already put plans in place to ensure their customers don't experience major disruption.

He told CCTV: "The US government's actions at the moment underestimate our capabilities."

The extension comes as Google barred Huawei from some updates on Android.

Some of the newer smartphones by the Chinese firm will likely be unable to use certain Google Play apps, they confirmed.

US President Donald Trump added Huawei to the list of companies they won't trade with unless they obtain a licence.

Google said in a statement that they were simply "complying with the order and reviewing the implications".

They added "For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices."

Whilst Huawei reassured owners of their handsets and Honor smartphones that they will still upkeep their "safe and sustainable software".

They said: "We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally."

This means that current Huawei phones will still have access to apps such as YouTube, but when the next version of Android is released by Google, they may not be available."

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