Social media giant Facebook has decided not to allow pre-installation of its apps on phones manufactured by Chinese company Huawei. The announcement comes days after the Chinese giant was banned from purchasing American parts and software.
Existing users need not worry
Facebook noted that while it will not allow pre-installation of Facebook apps on Huawei phones, existing users don’t have to worry. Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp will continue working on their phones, and they will receive updates like other users. The decision also doesn’t mean that new buyers of Huawei phones won’t be able to download Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram on their phones.
Facebook’s decision is a major blow to the Chinese tech company, which is already struggling to manage its business. Note that the US banned sales of American parts and software to the company recently.
What does the decision mean for Huawei?
Smartphone vendors often enter business deals with smartphone manufacturers to pre-install their apps on phones. Facebook’s suite of apps, Twitter and Booking.com are some of the apps that Huawei phones came pre-installed with. It is unclear whether Twitter and Booking.com will follow Facebook’s lead and remove their apps from Huawei phones as well. Both the companies refused to comment.
The sales outlook for Huawei is dampened because of Facebook’s latest move. The tech company experienced an explosion in revenue last year as its smartphone business became its highest revenue grosser. Huawei smartphones also created a strong presence in Europe and Asia. Huawei too declined to comment on the issue.
The company’s woes started earlier a little earlier when Google said that it would not provide Android software to the smartphone manufacturer after August when a 90-day reprieve by the US government ends. Google apps and its Play Store will be available to all existing users of Huawei phones. The software will also be available for all current models of Huawei phones, whether or not they have been shipped or built.
Facebook’s ban is different from Google as it applies to all phones that have not left the factory yet. The social media behemoth declined to comment on the date at which the ban came into effect.
The US has run an extensive campaign against Huawei since May and alleges that the company is too close to the Chinese government. They say that its products could be used for espionage purposes, even though Huawei denies any such activity.