The White House made an abrupt turnaround of sorts in June when President Donald Trump announced that some U.S. companies would be allowed to deal with Huawei. This came a few months after the Chinese brand was slapped with a trade ban by the White House.
The Commerce Department stated at the time that licenses would be granted to U.S. companies wanting to deal with Huawei, as long as there were no security risks involved. Now, Reuters is reporting that the department has received 130 license applications to sell goods and services to Huawei.
Unfortunately, the Trump administration hasn’t granted any of these applications, the newswire reported, citing three sources.
“Nobody in the executive branch knows what (Trump) wants and they’re all afraid to make a decision without knowing that,” former Commerce Department official William Reinsch was also quoted as saying by Reuters.
The news coincides with Google reportedly confirming that the upcoming Huawei Mate 30 series wouldn’t launch with Google apps and services. This suggests that Google may have been one of the many applicants denied by the administration, if it indeed applied to deal with Huawei.
The lack of license approvals will likely put pressure on the company’s other devices too, including its cheaper phones and Matebook line of laptops. Huawei is known to use Qualcomm Snapdragon silicon in some phones, while its Matebook laptops all run on Intel processors, and both companies are U.S. firms.
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August 29, 2019 at 11:09PM