Facebook no longer allows pre-installation of WhatsApp, Instagram or its Facebook app. This is the case for all Huawei smartphones that have not yet left the factory. Google, on the other hand, wants to continue working with Huawei and is negotiating with the US government.
Facebook prohibits Huawei from continuing to pre-install its Facebook App, WhatsApp or Instagram on its smartphones. This explicitly applies to all devices from the Chinese manufacturer that has not yet left the factory.
When asked, Facebook did not want to comment on how long this regulation had been in force. If customers already have Huawei smartphones, they should still be able to use the apps and receive updates, the social network assured.
Facebook is not the only one to enter into such commercial agreements with device manufacturers that allow them to pre-install applications. In many countries, Huawei also delivers its smartphones with pre-installed apps such as Twitter and Booking.com. Twitter did not want to comment on this, Booking Holdings did not respond to a request.
Quite a few users could see good news if they weren’t given pre-installed Facebook apps. Nevertheless, the measure will further harm Huawei’s market opportunities, as uncertainty continues to increase following the US sanctions imposed against the Chinese manufacturer. Users may have been able to obtain the apps themselves from the Google Play Store so far, but after an ongoing grace period of 90 days, Huawei will no longer be allowed to deliver new devices with new Android versions and Google Play because the US embargo forced Google to partially suspend its business relations with Huawei.
Surprisingly, Facebook, with its immediate ban on pre-installations, seems to be taking even stricter action than Google, whose software Huawei can continue to distribute during the grace period until mid-August. Google is also actively campaigning for continued cooperation with Huawei. According to the Financial Times, the search company is warning the US government of a threat to national security if the sanctions are imposed to prevent its software from being updated on Huawei smartphones in the long term. A version of Android modified by Huawei, Google argues, “would be more vulnerable to hacking, not least by China.
However, there is much to suggest that the US government was less concerned from the outset with the threat to national security that justified the sanctions against Huawei. US President Donald Trump described Huawei on the one hand as “very dangerous” for the security of the United States. At the same time, he suggested that the problems surrounding Huawei could be solved within the framework of a trade agreement between the two countries. These contradictory statements are indications that the embargo against Huawei serves above all as a means of exerting pressure in the trade war between the USA and China.