Facebook applications will no longer be pre-installed on Huawei’s mobile phones, according to Reuters news agency and the company has confirmed to this newspaper. The measure would affect all the phones of the Chinese firm that have not yet left the factory, which could not have pre-installed Facebook, WhatsApp or Instagram, according to a person familiar with the matter quoted by Reuters. Even so, users will be able to continue downloading these apps while still having access to Google Play. But it’s not clear what will happen the moment Huawei stops accessing the Google app store.
If the president of the United States, Donald Trump, does not lift the veto and Huawei does not convince the developers and their financiers to carry out the apps for their new operating system, their users could run out of some of the most downloaded apps on the market such as Facebook , Whatsapp and Instagram.
Mobile manufacturers often pre-install numerous third-party applications on their devices. Facebook is usually one of the most common. But the company has decided to stop doing it. “We are reviewing the final regulations of the Department of Commerce and the most recent temporary issued general license and we are taking measures to guarantee compliance,” a Facebook spokesperson told this newspaper.
The measurement of the company of Zuckerberg will not affect those who already have a Huawei phone, that will be able to continue using the applications and receive the opportune updates, according to explained Facebook to Reuters. Huawei sources have also assured this newspaper that “to this day, there is no user who has a Huawei phone that is not going to have Facebook.”
“For all phones that are both in the hands of consumers and in store, for sale and in stock and all the phones that exist today is perfectly installed and there is no problem. In any case, the measure would only apply to phones that do not yet exist. And even in those terminals that have not yet been made the Facebook application could be downloaded from the Play Store in a normal and current, “they explained. The company has ruled out assessing what would happen if Huawei stopped having access to the Play Store: “They are futures that do not arise right now”.
The Chinese technology giant struggles to keep its business afloat after the Donald Trump government included the Chinese company on a commercial blacklist. The announcement of Facebook comes after Google has suspended the business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware and software products, except those covered by open source licenses. In the same way, major processor manufacturers have announced in recent weeks that they will stop selling their products to Huawei.
This fight between Huawei and the Administration of Donald Trump threatens to face the Chinese technological giant.