Is Trump's Surprise Announcement Good News For The Huawei Mate 30 Pro?

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So, when it was put on the U.S. Entity list, meaning American companies including Google couldn't do business with it, it was a serious blow.

Google, after all, supplies the company with its Android operating system so to lose that would be difficult. Huawei recently announced its own software, called Harmony OS, suitable for multiple devices including smartphones, which would give it considerable independence from U.S. decisions.

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However, Huawei was at pains to point out that it would much rather stay with Google if it could, and that its new Harmony OS was a Plan B, ready to be deployed and rolled out in a matter of a day or two, but only if really necessary.

Back on June 29, President Trump surprised the G20 by saying that American companies could continue to do business with Huawei.

The sanctions require U.S. companies such as Google and chipmaker Broadcom to seek special permission to sell products to Huawei.

Now, though, the U.S. has made a surprise announcement that could be the curtain-raiser to something much more important for Huawei.

The U.S. Trade Representative office has said that a series of tariffs which were due to be imposed on September 1 will be put on hold for some types of products. These include mobile phones and laptops, though tariffs will go ahead as planned on other products such as books, clothes and school supplies on that date.

Instead, the tariffs will be delayed until December 15 this year so that, according to President Trump, U.S. shoppers won't be affected in the run-up to Christmas.

All of which is good news for not just those shoppers planning their holiday purchases but Huawei, too.

“We are doing this for the Christmas season, just in case some of the tariffs would have an impact on US consumers. So far, they’ve had virtually none,” the President said.

Earlier in the week, the President said that he was hoping that China would buy more agricultural products from the States and in considerable amounts. Mr. Trump is obviously hoping that the gesture of postponing the tariff increases will have a positive effect on farmers in America.

So, why is this good for Huawei?

On May 20, after putting Huawei on the Entity List, the States issued a temporary license to permit Huawei to maintain its current products for 90 days. That extension is about to expire, which will mean the ban hits in force next Monday, August 19.

Since the U.S. government has categorically made a positive gesture to China that will run to December 15, it seems hard to think that it would follow just days later with the highly punitive action of fully banning China's leading electronics giant.

Of course, nothing will be certain until Monday comes and there are some elements of unpredictability in the mix, but it's a potentially very positive sign which would have strong ramifications.

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That's mostly because Huawei's next flagship phone, the Mate 30 Pro, is due soon, likely as early as next month. While it's known that current phones like the P30 Pro will receive the upcoming Android Q update, unreleased products are another matter.

If the tariff postponement leads to another extension to the temporary license, then that means the Mate 30 series will be able to use Android - though Huawei has said that if necessary it can launch the phone on its own Harmony OS.

You can almost hear the sighs of relief rippling all the way from Shenzhen. It would mean Huawei will be able to release one of the most highly anticipated phones of 2019 with Android operating software on board.

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So, when it was put on the U.S. Entity list, meaning American companies including Google couldn't do business with it, it was a serious blow.

Google, after all, supplies the company with its Android operating system so to lose that would be difficult. Huawei recently announced its own software, called Harmony OS, suitable for multiple devices including smartphones, which would give it considerable independence from U.S. decisions.

Joseph Carey

However, Huawei was at pains to point out that it would much rather stay with Google if it could, and that its new Harmony OS was a Plan B, ready to be deployed and rolled out in a matter of a day or two, but only if really necessary.

Back on June 29, President Trump surprised the G20 by saying that American companies could continue to do business with Huawei.

The sanctions require U.S. companies such as Google and chipmaker Broadcom to seek special permission to sell products to Huawei.

Now, though, the U.S. has made a surprise announcement that could be the curtain-raiser to something much more important for Huawei.

The U.S. Trade Representative office has said that a series of tariffs which were due to be imposed on September 1 will be put on hold for some types of products. These include mobile phones and laptops, though tariffs will go ahead as planned on other products such as books, clothes and school supplies on that date.

Instead, the tariffs will be delayed until December 15 this year so that, according to President Trump, U.S. shoppers won't be affected in the run-up to Christmas.

All of which is good news for not just those shoppers planning their holiday purchases but Huawei, too.

“We are doing this for the Christmas season, just in case some of the tariffs would have an impact on US consumers. So far, they’ve had virtually none,” the President said.

Earlier in the week, the President said that he was hoping that China would buy more agricultural products from the States and in considerable amounts. Mr. Trump is obviously hoping that the gesture of postponing the tariff increases will have a positive effect on farmers in America.

So, why is this good for Huawei?

On May 20, after putting Huawei on the Entity List, the States issued a temporary license to permit Huawei to maintain its current products for 90 days. That extension is about to expire, which will mean the ban hits in force next Monday, August 19.

Since the U.S. government has categorically made a positive gesture to China that will run to December 15, it seems hard to think that it would follow just days later with the highly punitive action of fully banning China's leading electronics giant.

Of course, nothing will be certain until Monday comes and there are some elements of unpredictability in the mix, but it's a potentially very positive sign which would have strong ramifications.

David Phelan

That's mostly because Huawei's next flagship phone, the Mate 30 Pro, is due soon, likely as early as next month. While it's known that current phones like the P30 Pro will receive the upcoming Android Q update, unreleased products are another matter.

If the tariff postponement leads to another extension to the temporary license, then that means the Mate 30 series will be able to use Android - though Huawei has said that if necessary it can launch the phone on its own Harmony OS.

You can almost hear the sighs of relief rippling all the way from Shenzhen. It would mean Huawei will be able to release one of the most highly anticipated phones of 2019 with Android operating software on board.

__________

Follow me on Instagram by clicking here: davidphelantech and Twitter: @davidphelan2009

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