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US official says licenses for sales to Huawei are 'forthcoming'

Licenses letting US companies sell equipment to Huawei are "forthcoming".

It's said that a deal regarding the controversial Chinese firm is set to be singed this month following 260 requests.

Commerce secretary Wilbuer Ross told Bloomberg: "That's a lot of applications - it's frankly more than we would've thought."

He noted most will likely be approved.

The report comes after Huawei's Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro launched in September without Google software.

The Chinese company's smartphones do not feature Google's Play Store, which is usually pre-installed on Android handsets but they include the company's own Huawei App Gallery.

Huawei has pre-loaded new alternative apps of its own and a spokesperson told the BBC that Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp will all be available via the App Gallery.

Consumer devices chief Richard Yu said: "Today you know because of the US ban... this phone cannot pre-install the GMS [Google Mobile Services] core. It forced us to use the HMS [Huawei Mobile Services] core."

He revealed that the firm had set aside $1bn (£801m) to encourage developers to make their apps compatible with Huawei.

Huawei was blacklisted by US President Donald Trump's administration in May over claims it posed a threat to US security.

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