Facebook ends app pre-installation deal with Huawei

After Google cuts off access to its Android OS, Huawei smartphone users will have no way to download Facebook's mobile apps. (Pixabay)

Facebook has stopped allowing its mobile apps to be pre-installed on Huawei phones, in response to the U.S. Commerce Department barring companies from providing software to Huawei.

 

The move comes as Google officials are pushing to receive an exemption from the blacklist that would allow it to continue to supply its Android OS for Huawei phones. Google has been granted a 90-day period to continue provide Android software to Huawei. That period will expire in August.

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Facebook’s new decision applies to Huawei phones that have not left the factory, according to Reuters. These phones will be shipped without Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp. Users with current Huawei models will still be able to download these apps on their phones using the Google Play store.

 

Future Huawei phone models will not have access to the Google apps, including the Play store, which will mean users will not have any way to download Facebook’s apps either.

 

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Financial Times reports that Google has called the U.S.’s ban on Huawei a security risk that could further endanger U.S. national security. Google officials had reportedly told the Trump administration that barring Google from providing Android updates to Huawei phones would leave those phones more vulnerable to hacking. The executives also argued that Huawei’s own OS would likely be vulnerable to hacking, too.

 

 

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