The chinesse company Huawei is no longer permitted to pre-install all Facebook Apps on Huawei smathphones including Facebook messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram.
The suspenssion by Facebook Inc was annouced at a time when Huawei is trying to keep its business above water notwithstanding a U.S. prohibition on doing business with American tech companies.
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, WhatsApp and Instagram apps pre-installed.
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. Twitter Inc declined to comment and Booking Holdings did not respond to an interview request.
The move by Facebook dampens the business prospects for Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, whose smarthphone business turned into its greatest income generator a year ago, fueled by solid business development in Europe and Asia.
Alphabet Inc’s Google said earlier that it would no longer provide Android software for Huawei phones after a 90-day reprieve granted by the U.S. government expires in August. But Google’s Playstore and all Google apps will still be available for current models of Huawei phones including those which have not yet shipped or even been built.
The Facebook suspenssion, on the other hand, applies to any Huawei telephone that has not yet left the production line, as indicated by an individual acquainted with the issue. Facebook declined to remark on when the suspension will take effect from.
In May, Washington prohibited U.S. organizations from providing technology to Huawei, some part of a long-running effort against the organization.
The United States claims Huawei closeness to the Chinese government could be an avenue for the Chinesses govenmnet to use their products to conduit espionage, which Huawei denies.