Facebook will no longer allow Huawei to pre-install its applications on smartphones, reports Reuters. It is the latest example of Western technology companies cutting ties with the beleaguered telecommunications giant after President Trump issued an effective trade ban
. Huawei phone owners will still be able to download and use apps like WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook. Application itself, and will continue to receive updates through the Play Store. Huawei simply can not include them out of the box, which is usually done together with other pre-loaded services such as Twitter.
Apparently, Facebook has landed in a different calculation to deal with the trade ban than Google. Google has obtained a temporary license to continue to send security updates to existing Huawei phones. Huawei phones that are currently in stores or "those that have not yet been shipped or have even been built" will continue to have Google services pre-installed. Facebook, says Reuters, denies pre-installation on "any phone that has not yet left the factory."
The implications are not necessarily as worrying for Huawei as other previous Google and ARM decisions, which respectively restrict their ability to use basic Android services and develop their own chips. But the movement of Facebook closes another potential way for Huawei to deliver crucial third-party applications to customers, underlining the fact that it will have to do it only with its own app store, is not an easy task.