Finally, a respite HUAWEI thinks it very much deserves is finally given to the beleaguered firm.
More than a week after HUAWEI's Mate 20 Pro was unceremoniously booted off Google's Android Q Beta program list, the premium smartphone is finally seen back in the compilation. The latest move follows the United States' government's lifting of the ban for 90 days for the troubled company. As it is, the device will now be one of the smartphones, which are set to receive the beta of Google's upcoming major software update.
The reinstatement of the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro on the list could also entail that HUAWEI is really on all fours now, pushing the release of Android Q for its Kirin 980 SoC-fueled smartphone models which include the vanilla Mate 20 and the Mate 20 X in August. It is speculated, during this time, that Google plans to roll out its next Android OS version to eligible smartphones. Interestingly, it is also during that timeframe when the supposed temporary license the U.S. government has previously granted HUAWEI gets its expiration.
If you've followed the whirlwind of events which recently struck HUAWEI, the Mate 20 Pro was previously and originally part of the initial list of smartphones that could already install Android Q. But, since the U.S. government placed the Chinese smartphone maker on its infamous trade blacklist, the phone was removed from the said site.
Android, a subsidy owned by Google, was the only company which immediately dropped HUAWEI after the U.S. Department of Commerce placed the firm on its entity list. In what appears to be a domino effect for HUAWEI, several tech companies such as Qualcomm, Bluetooth SIG, and Intel followed suit. Recently, the Wi-Fi Alliance and the SD Association also joined the league, only to reinstate HUAWEI on their lists days after.
As per a HUAWEI representative, the recent developments were a "momentous update" for the company in light of the company's business ordeals. The rep added that "while the current situation is still developing, we will continue to provide the latest update as soon as we have them."
Whether or not HUAWEI is just banking on its granted temporary license to transact businesses with these American companies, we're still adamant that the company may now have ironed some things out with the U.S. government in the background, which should get more fruitful in the following weeks.