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Huawei phones may not get future Android updates as temporary license expired

By Cookie Monster - on 17 Aug 2020, 9:21pm

Huawei phones may not get future Android updates as temporary license expired

The temporary license that allowed Huawei to continue doing business with U.S companies has expired last Thursday, 13 August.

According to The Washington Post, the Commerce Department confirmed that the license has expired. It added that the license had provided “an opportunity for users of Huawei devices and telecommunications providers to continue to temporarily operate such devices and existing networks while hastening the transition to alternative suppliers.” A Huawei spokesman reportedly told The Washington Post that the company is "monitoring the situation and assessing the potential impact".

With the expiration of the license, Google will not be able to issue software updates to Huawei devices running on Android OS. Google spokesman Jose Castaneda confirmed the temporary general license allowed the company to send those updates, but declined to comment further. 

The temprary license had been extended for more than a year and the Commerce Department stated in May that there would be no further extensions. The Commerce Department also blocked Huawei's access to overseas chip manufacturers. As a result, the upcoming Huawei Mate40 series could be the last phones from the company to run on its Kirin processors.

Source: The Washington Post