News roundup: US dealings with Huawei could restart in as little as two weeks' time
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News roundup: US dealings with Huawei could restart in as little as two weeks' time

Huawei could be about to recommence trading

It doesn't seem like it's really been possible lately to get through an entire week of tech news without Huawei dominating conversations amid its many trade and supply issues with the United States. This week has, yet again, been hugely significant for the Chinese tech giant, as it was revealed that US-based organisations may get the green light to restart their dealings with the firm in just two to four weeks.

A report from Reuters made the claim, citing an anonymous representative of a US manufacturer, who was reportedly informed on the time-frames by a senior US official. Reuters also reported that two US chipmakers told them they would apply for more licences after Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said licences would be issued where there were no national security concerns.

The developments of recent weeks could point to signs that the heavy tensions between the US Government and the Chinese tech company could be easing. Which is undoubtedly something Huawei is praying for, as it still strongly maintains its innocence in the entire fiasco that saw it lose the ability to use Android for any upcoming devices. On this note, Huawei also reportedly revealed this week that its in-house ‘Hongmeng' operating system isn't designed for use with phones, let alone as a replacement for Android.

According to Chinese state news agency Xinhua, the company's senior vice president Catherine Chen told reporters in Brussels that Hongmeng is more aligned for industrial use, noting it has fewer lines of code than a mobile operating system, and features a much lower latency, meaning it can process large quantities of data messages faster. In conjunction with this, chairmen Liang Hua mentioned last week - according to TechNode - that Hongmeng was primarily developed for IoT devices.

The news comes as Huawei also lines up potential lay-offs for hundreds of workers in the United States, according to the Wall Street Journal. Citing ‘people familiar with the matter', the Journal says the layoffs are expected to hit employees at the company's US-based R&D subsidiary, Futurewei Technologies, which employs 850 people across the US.

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