Last couple of weeks have been disastrous for Huawei as a large number of companies including Google, Microsoft and ARM have cut ties with the company. At the moment, we are still waiting to see how Huawei continues its smartphone business going forward considering the company has been pretty vocal that it has prepared for a while in case of such terminations. Now it seems that the company will need to worry about another company as Facebook is also cutting ties with the smartphone manufacturer. Earlier today, Facebook announced that will no longer allow Huawei smartphones to come pre-packaged with its services.
As a result of these changes, Huawei phones will no longer have pre-installed apps for Facebook’s numerous services including Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram. Although Facebook’s ban won’t be as severe as the similar actions taken by other companies, the latest changes reflect Huawei’s upcoming chllanges going forward.
Shortly afterwards, Reuters reported that this latest Facebook ban applies to all of the devices which are yet to leave the factor and the bans apply to any new Huawei device coming in the future. While users can download the apps from Play Store, it’ll be worthwhile to note that the devices will also lose access to the App Store following the recent ban in the United States.
At the moment, it’s unclear how Huawei will move forward with its target to become the largest smartphone manufacturer by the end of 2020. As of now, Google has a grace period of 90 days meaning Huawei smartphones during this time will continue to receive updates and supports from Google. Afterwards Huawei’s smartphones will ship without any of the Google apps including the Play Store unless US government changes its recent ban.