US ban fallout—Facebook suspends apps preinstalls on Huawei phones

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More worries for Huawei as Facebook apps will no longer come preinstalled in phones made by the Chinese company. This much was revealed by Reuters in a report it tagged as “exclusive.” This latest blow to the Chinese phone giant is one that may significantly affect its ability to retain its share in the global market.

Recall that Google’s suit of apps including its powerful OS, Android may no longer be available in Huawei’s new phones in less than 90 days from now. Major international organizations including the SD Association, and Wi-Fi Alliance, an organization responsible for setting the standards for wireless technology, has temporarily restricted Huawei from participating in its activities.

While customers who already have Huawei phones according to Reuters, will still be able to use all Facebook apps and receive regular updates, newer phones being made by the Chinese phone maker will, however, be denied access. What this means is that Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp will no longer come preinstalled in the new phones.

Once this becomes a trend, then it won’t be long until other social media apps like Twitter, Snapchat, and the likes take similar action against Huawei. For now, Twitter has not issued any statement or taken any action towards that line, but I guess it won’t come as a shock when they eventually do.

Citing a person familiar with the matter, Reuters reports that the Facebook ban only applies to Huawei currently still in the company’s factory.

Not the best of times for Huawei, the world’s second biggest phone manufacturer. Should the ban by the US remain in place, things are bound to get even worse for the Chinese company as more organizations may follow in lin.

In compliance with the US ban, Huawei’s major suppliers based in the US such as Micron, Qorvo and Lumentum have all suspended supplies to the company. The list of companies complying with the order is expected to increase even beyond the US, which could have serious damaging effect on the company’s businesses globally.

While the possibility of the Chinese company developing its own standard cannot be ruled out, the fact remains that this would only work within China because going overseas would mean accepting the standard of others.

On the international scene, Huawei’s ordeal could affect the fragile economic relations between the US and China. The Trump administration has never been in good terms with Beijing, and has championed policies that seems hostile to the Asian country.

The effect of a China retaliation could also be devastating especially for Apple and other major tech companies doing business within the Asian country. Another possibility, which may not bode well for the US could be China developing its own standards, which could be more attractive to tech companies within the country.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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