June 11: Chinese smartphone maker Huawei, already struggling against a ban, is facing another huge blow. This time around the challenge has come from Facebook. The social media platform has announced that it will not allow pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones.
According to FaceBook, those using Huawei phone will be availed with the app and the upcoming updates. Whereas those with new Huawei phones will not have Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram apps pre-installed.
Most of the phone makers make business deals with popular social applications like Facebook for pre-install. In many markets, apps like Twitter and Booking.com comes pre-installed in Huawei. Twitter and Booking.com did not respond to the latest news.
With its advancements in the European and Asian market, recently, Huawei became the biggest revenue generator through its smartphone sales. Facebook’s move will show a huge difference in the sales of Huawei phones. Huawei did not comment on the move of Facebook.
Earlier, leading technology company Google had said that Huawei phones will be denied of the Android software after the expiry of a 90-day reprieve fixed by the US government in August. When it comes to the current models and those which have not yet shipped or even been built, it will carry Google’s Play store and all Google apps.
As per the sources, unlike Google, the Facebook ban will be seen on the upcoming Huawei phones. Facebook did not share the details of when the suspension took place.
In May as part of a campaign against Huawei, Washington barred US companies from providing technology to the phone maker. The US alleges that the Chinese smartphone manufacturer is too close to the government and the company devices and networks are media of espionage. Huawei denied the allegations.
Those buying current Huawei phones can download the Facebook app from Google Play Store. Upcoming Huawei phones will not be able to access Google Play Store and Google apps.
Meanwhile, Huawei stated that the company was all set for the US action and vowed to work around any disruptions. But the reports are that the customers are reluctant to buy Huawei phones.