Expired The validity of the temporary general license of the Chinese company Huawei, and it is not immediately clear what this means for software updates on current Huawei mobile devices with Google applications, but this may cause a problem for the company.
Last year, the Trump administration placed Huawei and its subsidiaries on the list of entities in the US Department of Commerce, which prevented Google from licensing its mobile services (GMS) For new Huawei device models that became available after May 16, 2019.
The United States government granted Huawei a temporary general license (TGL), which was subsequently renewed several times over the past year.
The temporary general license allowed Google to continue cooperating with Huawei in providing security updates and updates to Google applications, according to For an article The company published it in February.
According For a newspaper The Washington Post, the Commerce Department can still renew the temporary public license, and the purpose of the temporary general license was to give US rural network providers time to replace any Huawei-made equipment they had.
And it appears that the US Congress has failed to allocate funds to help rural service providers replace their equipment, according to the Washington Post.
Regarding the effect of license expiration on Huawei smartphones, Google spokesman Jose Castaneda said: The temporary general license is what has allowed Google to provide security updates and updates to Google’s applications and services.
Tristan Ostrowski, Legal Director of Android and Google Play, said in article Posted on February 22, 2020: We have continued to work with Huawei, in compliance with government regulations, to provide security updates and updates to Google’s apps and services on existing devices.
“We will continue to do so as long as it is permitted, as US law currently allows Google to work with Huawei only on publicly available device models on or before May 16, 2019,” he added.
The question remains as to how the license expiration will affect future software updates, and it seems likely that what will happen is that Huawei devices that contain Google apps will continue to have them.
However, Huawei will not receive support from Google if there are any changes it makes to its devices that violate compatibility with Google apps.
Huawei may not be able to distribute Google apps in future software updates that are pushed to its older devices.
Although models of Huawei devices that were provided before May 16, 2019 are still running Android software approved by Google, Google must approve every new software update Huawei introduces to ensure compliance with the requirements set by Google for the distribution of its mobile services.
In the event that Google is no longer able to legally cooperate with Huawei, this may mean that Google can no longer work with Huawei to distribute GMS versions in future software updates, even for previously approved smartphones.
And the implications of security updates are likely to be less severe if the temporary general license is not renewed.
Google is giving manufacturers a month to incorporate security patches before releasing the next monthly Android security bulletin to the public.
Given the expiration of the temporary general license, Huawei may be barred from obtaining initial information about security patches, but it will still be able to incorporate any security patches after the publication.