Here's another hurdle thrown at Huawei; Facebook Inc is no longer allowing pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones. This means that new and upcoming Huawei phones will no longer be able to have Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram apps pre-installed.
For those who already have Huawei phones, no worries. You will still be able to use its apps and receive updates, Facebook told Reuters. Huawei has declined to comment on the matter and Facebook has declined to comment on when they decided to do this suspension.
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. According to Reuters, Twitter Inc declined to comment and Booking Holdings did not respond to a request.
Still, that doesn't mean Facebook is banned from Huawei smartphones. Huawei thmeselves have officially stated that, "Facebook is a third-party application, and can be installed and used without any issue on HUAWEI devices." This means you can still download it from the Google Playstore, although whether Huawei smartphones can access the Playstore in the future is still unknown.
Huawei has said it was prepared for the US action and vowed to work around any disruptions. But some customers at stores in Europe and Asia have told Reuters that they are reluctant to buy Huawei phones in the face of uncertainties, and analysts expect a dramatic drop in Huawei smartphone sales. The same cannot be said for those of us in Asia, as you can see by our Facebook poll that the support for Huawei remains as strong as ever.