Huawei continues to feel the pinch from the effective trade ban imposed by the U.S. administration. According to a new report, Facebook will no longer allow Huawei to pre-install its core apps on smartphones. This means that some of the most popular apps in the world will no longer be included on Huawei smartphones right out of the box.
Reuters reports that Facebook will no longer let Huawei ship smartphones with its core apps installed out of the box. This includes the main Facebook app, WhatsApp, and Instagram.
This decision won’t prevent users from installing and using these apps once they have set up their Huawei smartphones. These apps will also continue to receive updates through the Google Play Store. The only impact here is that they won’t be present on the devices right from the word go.
U.S. companies like Facebook have had to deal with the trade ban after it was imposed by the administration. Google currently has a temporary license to send security updates to existing Huawei devices. Some exceptions also apply for pre-installed Google services. The report mentions that Facebook is no longer allowing Huawei to pre-install its apps on “any phone which has not yet left the factory.”