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The license created by the US Commerce Department reportedly lasts until Aug. 19.

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A day after Google cut off Huawei from using Android on its phones, the US Commerce Department reportedly scaled back its restrictions on Huawei’s access to American components and software that go into its devices.

The department created a temporary general license allowing the China-based phone maker to keep existing networks and issue updates to existing phones, tablets and other devices, according to a Monday report by Reuters. The license reportedly lasts until Aug. 19.

Company founder Ren Zhengfei on Tuesday told Chinese state broadcaster CCTV that the reprieve didn’t make much of an impact on its plans, Reuters reported, and Huawei’s beef was with the government rather than US companies.

“The US government’s actions at the moment underestimate our capabilities,” Ren said.

Neither Huawei nor the Commerce Department immediately responded to requests for comment.

Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that effectively banned Huawei in the US, including its ability to source goods and services from American companies. The order limits the involvement of foreign “adversaries” in the nation’s carrier networks. That includes Huawei’s telecommunications equipment, which US carriers don’t use following a previous ban, and the sale of Huawei phones like the P30 Pro through US carriers. (You can still buy some Huawei devices from Amazon and B&H Photo.) The Commerce Department also added Huawei to its trade blacklist.

On Sunday, Google cut off Huawei from future Android updates.

Reuters reported Friday that the Commerce Department was considering the temporary license to give companies and owners of Huawei products time to keep using communications networks and equipment. On Monday morning, before the government’s softening stance, Huawei said in a statement that it’d “continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally,” according to a company spokeswoman.

First published May 20 at 3:19 p.m. PT.
Updated May 21 at 3:21 a.m. PT: Adds Ren Zhengfei’s comment.

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