President Donald Trump in a press conference announced that the US companies will be allowed to continue all trade with Huawei thereby lifting the Huawei Ban. This comes moments after the US President held meetings with his Chinese counterpart President Xi Xin Ping. Announcing this move, President Trump said:
“U.S. companies can sell their equipment to Huawei. We’re talking about equipment where there’s no great national security problem with it. I said that’s O.K., that we will keep selling that product, these are American companies that make these products. That’s very complex, by the way. I’ve agreed to allow them to continue to sell that product so that American companies will continue. 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. We had a very good meeting with President Xi of China, excellent, I would say excellent, as good as it was going to be.”
Though US companies are now allowed to have trade with Huawei, it still finds a place in the Entity List of companies that the U.S. Department of Commerce bars from dealing with American entities. If today’s press conference is any indication of the future, the US government should pass a formal decision in favour of Huawei as soon as President Trump lands in the US who happens to be in Osaka, Japan as during the press conference.
For Huawei users, it is nothing less than a sigh of relief as Huawei devices can get Android updates and security patches as released by Google. This is also a piece of great news for all tech enthusiasts since Huawei is a major hardware manufacturer in mobile phone and laptop markets.
Since the ban is lifted, can Huawei manage to beat Samsung for the #1 smartphone manufacturer spot now? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.