Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram won't come pre-installed on future Huawei phones owing to US ban: report

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on Jun 07 2019
Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram won't come pre-installed on future Huawei phones owing to US ban: report
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​Facebook's family of apps won’t come pre-installed on future Huawei phones.

Current users can use these apps, which include Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram.

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In the latest blow to Huawei, Facebook will no longer allow pre-installation of its app on any future phones made by the Chinese company. Citing Facebook, Reuters reported that customers who already own Huawei phones will still be able to use its apps and receive updates. But the phones that are yet to leave the manufacturing facility will no longer be able to have Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram apps pre-installed.

This is the latest development in the long list of problems that shrouds the Chinese tech giant as it struggles to keep its business running at the same pace it achieved in the last year. Huawei is currently facing a ban due to a US executive order which restricted all the US-based companies to do business with Huawei. Google, Microsoft and a few other top Silicon Valley giants have already cut ties with the company. Facebook pulling off the business deal from Huawei is likely a repercussion of the ban.

Earlier this week, a media report said that Huawei has asked Foxconn to stop “several” lines of production. It is being speculated that Huawei could step into a halt in its ambition to become the world’s largest smartphone brand. It has already surpassed Apple to become the second top smartphone vendor in terms of shipments. It is only behind Samsung and at a time, analysts predicted that Huawei could remain ahead of Apple at the end of 2019.

While talking to the Chinese media earlier this year, Ren Zhengfie, Founder and CEO of Huawei Technologies, said that the company’s growth will slow down, though not by as much as everyone imagines. “In the first quarter of this year, our revenue grew 39 percent over the same period last year. This rate decreased to 25 percent in April, and may continue decreasing towards the end of this year. But the US ban will not lead to negative growth or harm the development of our industry,” he stated.

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