Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp will no longer be pre-loaded on Huawei phones

Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp will no longer be pre-loaded on Huawei phones
While Huawei continues to see a road ahead for its US government-threatened smartphone division, the exodus of major business partners, key components suppliers, and allies is far from over, posing new difficulties and creating bigger and bigger problems almost every single day.

The latest bridge to be reportedly burned as a direct consequence of President Trump's controversial executive order last month (which was since suspended for a period of 90 days) is arguably less critical than similar decisions previously made by the likes of Google, Qualcomm, Intel, and Arm. But it's yet another thing that complicates Huawei's existence, threatening to severely damage its Western brand image.

According to Reuters, Facebook is getting ready to pull out its support for future Huawei handsets, planning to no longer allow the pre-installation of the social networking giant's crazy popular apps on the Chinese tech behemoth's mobile devices. We're obviously talking about the main Facebook platform first and foremost, but also WhatsApp and Instagram, all three of which are typically available for users of existing Huawei phones at first boot.

The handsets that are already in circulation are unlikely to be affected by Facebook's decision, as they will continue to receive any and all updates delivered to the social networking and instant messaging apps. But Huawei phones that are not yet released and have not yet left factories are expected to come without the aforementioned services pre-loaded. That wouldn't be such a big problem if Google wasn't intent on cutting off access to the Play Store for future Huawei devices as well in compliance with the US ban expected to be enforced in a couple of months.

Without Facebook, possibly Twitter, and other Western-leading apps and services, it seems Huawei truly needs to build its Android and Google Play alternatives from scratch. That's probably going to take a while (if it's even doable to begin with), during which time the company's sales numbers could fall off a cliff. Of course, Facebook is still blocked in China, so at least there's that.

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9 Comments

1. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

As a samsung user, I will be very happy if these apps are not loaded in my future new phone.

3. Sealblaighter

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Weirdo guy you are :D

7. TheOracle1

Posts: 2259; Member since: May 04, 2015

So we won't have to uninstall and disable them manually any more. Good news. This is bs anyway because the APK Pure app updates everything anyway.

5. MihaiRO

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 07, 2019

Finally ,Huawei will rise again!

6. alanrock

Posts: 312; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

finally some good news for Huawei ...

8. irwan92

Posts: 44; Member since: Feb 12, 2013

Who use Facebook app really?? Better use browser

9. japkoslav

Posts: 1505; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Kudos to Huawei! I hate it on my LG and Samsung ... waste of space.

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