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Report: Google still wants to work with Huawei, has applied for license
Arguably the biggest issue with the US trade ban against Huawei is that the firm can’t use Google Mobile Services (GMS) on its new phones and tablets. This has forced the Chinese brand to create its own Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) as an alternative to Google’s services.
Unfortunately, Samat didn’t reveal when a decision would be made on the application, although a final decision is likely out of Google’s hands in the first place.
The White House has allowed US companies to apply for a license to trade with Huawei, and the likes of Microsoft have received a green light to resume business ties. This approval meant that the Chinese brand could resume shipping Windows and other Microsoft services on its laptops.
In the event that Google does get the nod from the US government, that means it should be free to offer Google Mobile Services and other services on Huawei devices. In fact, Huawei consumer group CEO Richard Yu previously said they would update the Mate 30 series immediately if they got Google back on board.
But until the situation changes, Google has recently warned users against sideloading its apps on unsupported Huawei devices. Samat didn’t have any comment after DPA raised the possibility of Google blocking apps on unsupported Huawei devices from the server-side. Then again, many Google apps are unlikely to run in the first place due to the Google Mobile Services requirement (which new Huawei phones don’t have).
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