Facebook suspends pre-installation of the app on Huawei phones. SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) — Facebook Inc no longer allows its applications to be pre-installed on Huawei devices, the Chinese tech giant’s recent blow as it struggles to maintain its company afloat in the face of a U.S. ban on its acquisition of American components and software.
Facebook informed Reuters that customers who already have Huawei devices will still be able to use their applications and receive updates. But fresh devices from Huawei will no longer be able to pre-install applications from Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram.
Vendors of smartphones frequently enter company deals to pre-install popular applications like Facebook. In many markets, apps such as Twitter and Booking.com are also pre-installed on Huawei devices. Twitter Inc declined to comment and a petition was not answered by Booking Holdings.
Facebook’s move dampens Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s sales perspective, whose smartphone company last year became its largest income generator, driven by powerful development in Europe and Asia.
Huawei has refused to comment.
Alphabet Inc. Google said previously that after a 90-day relief given by the U.S. government expires in August, it would no longer provide Android software for Huawei phones. But Play store from Google and all Google apps will still be accessible for present Huawei phone models, including those that have not yet been delivered or even constructed.
The Facebook prohibition, on the other hand, refers to any Huawei phone which, according to an individual familiar with the issue, has not yet left the plant. When the suspension took place, Facebook declined to comment.
In May, Washington prohibited U.S. firms from providing Huawei with technology, part of a long-running campaign against the firm. The U.S. claims that Huawei is too near to the Chinese government and that Huawei denies that its telecom network equipment and other products could be a spy gateway.
Buyers of present Huawei phone models without pre-installed Facebook could still download it from the Google Play store. However, future variants of Huawei phones will not have access to the Google Play store and its applications unless the course is changed by the U.S. government.
Huawei said the U.S. action was ready and vowed to work around any disruptions. But some clients in European and Asian shops have told Reuters they are unwilling to purchase Huawei phones in the face of uncertainties, and analysts are expecting a drastic decrease in smartphone revenues from Huawei.