The temporary licence scales back the restrictions imposed by the US government on Thursday, which had added Huawei and 68 entities to a blacklist making it difficult for the Chinese company to buy US-made goods.
The licence is for 90 days, the US Commerce Department said.
It will mean that those with Huawei smartphones using Google apps will be able to continue to do so.
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They will also be able to use and download app updates provided by Google, a representative of the US-based tech firm said.
Huawei's enormous sales figures in China and impressive growth in parts of Europe have seen the company overtake iPhone maker Apple in terms of market share.
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