The exemptions, which are expected to be announced "very shortly," could allow for Google applications to be used on Huawei smartphones once again.
Google integration could be back
As many as 260 requests have been filed in order to request a special license to trade with the huge Chinese smartphone manufacturer, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told Bloomberg in an interview.
While Ross also said these would arrive "very shortly," he did warn that the U.S. government is not guaranteed to allow all of them. Quite a few are likely to be granted, though, he says.
One of the requests is believed to be from Google. If granted, this would be great news for Huawei, as it would be able to enable Google Play apps and services on its smartphones once again.
An ongoing trade spat
The current Huawei issue goes back to August of last year when Donald Trump signed the National Defence Authorization Act, barring U.S. firms from trading with the company due to national security concerns.
The problems are also connected to an ongoing trade war between the Trump administration and China.
To help U.S. companies, the Trump administration has said it will allow exemptions to a select group of companies, allowing them to trade with Huawei once again. None has yet been granted.
As many point out, though the exemptions could be great news for Huawei and several U.S. companies, they are in a precarious solution. And, it greatly depends on the United States' relations with China. They are likely to be easily revoked if things suddenly go sour.