Huawei is running into more problems this week after the US government banned businesses from doing business with the Chinese company. Reuters is reporting that Facebook is now joining Google, Microsoft, Qualcomm, and others in the Huawei ban.
According to the new report, Facebook has recently been added in the list of companies to cut off ties with Chinese giant Huawei and won’t allow the smartphone manufacturer to pre-install Facebook, Instagram, and Whats App on its future phones anymore.
Speaking to Reuters, Facebook said that customers who already have Huawei phones will still be able to use its apps and receive updates. However, none of the apps will come preinstalled.
Facebook Inc. is no longer allowing pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones, the latest blow for the Chinese tech giant as it struggles to keep its business afloat in the face of a U.S. 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, Facebook told Reuters. But new Huawei phones will no longer be able to have Facebook, Whats App and Instagram apps pre-installed.
Smartphone vendors often enter business deals to pre-install popular apps such as Facebook. This brings added convenience to consumers who would otherwise have to actively download the apps from the Google Play store or another source.
Also, any new Huawei device that ships without Facebook apps preloaded, but still has access to the Play Store app will be able to install the apps. But once the 90-day reprieve the US granted to Huawei expires in August, all Huawei phones leaving factories won’t have either Facebook apps or the Play Store app, pre-installed. Of course, that’s assuming that China and America do not come to a broad trade understanding until then a deal that would also include Huawei.
Huawei usually pre -installs such social media apps including Twitter on its phones for users, but won’t be allowed to do so anymore. However, the phone owners will still be able to download and use the apps manually, along with continuing to receive updates through the Play Store, as per The Verge.
Huawei isn’t giving up without a fight, challenging the ban in US courts. Meanwhile, the company reportedly has enough supplies to continue smartphone production during the ban and has dispelled recent rumors that said it halted some smartphone lines. Also, Huawei is preparing the release of its operating system, as it’ll lose access to Google’s version of Android in some three months.
However, as we explained before, Huawei’s operating system is not a solution for any market but China, and that’s mainly because of the Play Store that comes with Google’s Android. It’s been less than three weeks since President Donald Trump restricted the Chinese tech giant’s access to Google’s Android operating system, and already, Huawei’s smartphone business appears to be losing ground in Europe, a critical growth market.
Consumer fear that Huawei phones will quickly become out of date has meant demand for its devices has “dropped off a cliff,” Ben Stanton, a UK-based analyst at Canal’s, said by phone, citing discussions with phone carriers, retailers and distributors.
“That is rooted in this fear that the device may lose features, be insecure, lose support or even lose tangible value.”
In France, sales of premium Huawei smartphones fell by about one-fifth in the week after the US blacklisted the company, according to a telecom industry representative who asked not to be identified as the figures are private. More British consumers have been trading in Huawei phones, and UK phone carriers starting the next-generation of mobile services have cut Huawei’s Mate 20 X 5 G flagship handset out of their launches.
Meanwhile, apart from Google, Intel and Qualcomm, SD Association too lately cut off its ties with Huawei, which means that the smartphone maker has been banned from using micro SD cards too.