Facebook is no longer allowing pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones. The latest blow for the Chinese tech giant struggles to keep its business afloat. Thi is due to the ban on its purchase of American parts and software.
Customers who already have Huawei phones will still be able to use its apps and receive updates. However, new Huawei phones will no longer be able to have Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram apps pre-installed.
Smartphone vendors often enter business deals to pre-install popular apps such as Facebook. Apps including Twitter and Booking.com also come pre-installed on Huawei phones in many markets. Twitter Inc declined to comment and Booking Holdings did not respond to a request. The move by Facebook dampens the sales outlook for Huawei. Their smartphone business became its biggest revenue generator last year due to strong growth in Europe and Asia.
Google said earlier that it would no longer provide Android software for Huawei phones. However, Google’s Playstore and all Google apps will still be available for current models of Huawei phones including those which have not yet shipped or even been built.
The Facebook ban applies to any Huawei phone that has not yet left the factory. Facebook declined to comment on when the suspension took place.
In May, Washington banned U.S. companies from supplying technology to Huawei. The United States alleges that Huawei is too close to the Chinese government and that its telecom network and other products could be a conduit for espionage. Huawei denies the allegations.
Buyers of current Huawei phone models that do not have Facebook pre-installed would still be able to download it from the Google Playstore. Future versions of Huawei phones, however, will not have access to the Google Playstore and its apps unless the U.S. government changes course.