The US Commerce Department has created a temporary general licence restoring Huawei’s ability to maintain existing networks and provide software updates to its handsets.

The licence, which was posted for public inspection, scales back the restrictions imposed by the US government last week on Huawei Technologies buying US goods in order to help existing customers.

Google said on Monday it would comply with US President Donald Trump’s order to stop supplying Huawei, meaning it would no longer be able to offer its popular Android apps to buyers of new Huawei phones.

The order to US companies could have affected tens of millions of consumers in Europe, its biggest market outside mainland China, as well as Asia.