New Huawei Phones Lose Pre-installed Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp

Posted: Jun 7 2019, 8:01am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 7 2019, 8:03am CDT , in Technology News

New Huawei phones lose pre-installed Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp
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...and Google Play store, soon.

Customers who open their Huawei phones for the first time after purchasing them will no longer see Facebook and other affiliated apps installed after the U.S. social media giant suspended pre-installation of its apps on the Chinese company’s new phones.

Through contracts with app makers and developers, a number of smartphone sellers have pre-installed apps like Twitter and on new phones in addition to their own. According to an exclusive report by Reuters, new Huawei phones will no longer have built-in Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram apps. The two latter apps are owned by Facebook.

It comes as more U.S. companies heed to the Trump administration’s executive order, banning business relationships with Huawei Technologies. The White House had previously accused Huawei of planting spying devices on its smartphones.

A source familiar with the matter told the news outlet that the Facebook ban only applies to any new Huawei phone that are currently in production and excluding all those that have already been distributed to retail outlets. Reuters added that Facebook’s potential move is still somewhat relaxed as the company still allows the use of its apps on existing Huawei phones and further downloads of Facebook’s social media products from the Google Play Store — that is if Google does not proceed with its plan to cut ties with Huawei.

This, however, is not enough to keep Huawei’s sales at par with its target since a lot of smartphone users are worried about further repercussions that could hit Huawei and ultimately lead to their phones losing valuable apps like social media.

In what appears to be much more tragic than losing access to social media, Google’s adherence to the United States’ mandate against Huawei also puts the latter company at a higher risk of losing buyers. The Alphabet-owned tech giant had earlier said that it would no longer grant Huawei phones access to future Android software updates. Google still plans to enforce this after the U.S. administration’s 90-day reprieve for the Chinese company.

Reuters said Huawei and Facebook declined to comment on the matter.

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