Facebook has imposed a ban on the pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones. The latest blow for the Chinese tech giant as it struggles to keep its business afloat due to U.S. ban on its purchase of American parts and software. However, customers who already have Huawei phones will use its apps and receive updates. It’s new Huawei phones that shall no longer be able to have pre-installed versions of Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram.
Smartphone vendors enter business deals to pre-install favorite apps such as Facebook. Apps, including Twitter, WhatsApp, and booking.com, also come pre-installed on Huawei phones. Twitter Inc and Booking Holdings did not respond to a request. The move by Facebook drastically affects the sales outlook for Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. Smartphone business became its biggest revenue generator last year. They are primarily powered by strong growth in Europe and Asia.
Alphabet’s Google stated earlier that it would no longer provide Android software for Huawei phones after a 90-day relieve granted by the U.S. government. However, Google’s Play store and all Google apps will still be available for current models of the smartphone. It also includes models which have not yet shipped or even been built.
The Facebook ban applies to any Huawei phone that has not yet left the factory. According to sources, Facebook declined to comment on when the suspension took place. Around May, Washington levied a ban on U.S. companies from supplying technology to Huawei. It was a part of a long-running campaign against the company. The United States alleges that Huawei works too close to the Chinese government. That its telecom network gear and other products could be a conduit for espionage, which Huawei denies.
Buyers of current Huawei phone models that do not have Facebook pre-installed would still be able to download it from the Google Play store. Future versions of Huawei phones, however, will not have access to the Google Play store and its apps unless the U.S. government changes course.