Facebook apps no longer to be pre-loaded on Huawei phones

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New Huawei smartphones will no longer be allowed to come preloaded with WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram as Facebook has suspended the pre-loading of its apps on all new Huawei smartphones.

The move means that the WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook app will no longer be pre-loaded on any new Huawei smartphones that leave the factory.

However, many will see this as a good thing as there is a growing dislike of the amount of apps that come pre-loaded on users devices. So those who have no interest in using these apps will be delighted not to have them pre-installed on their phones.

It should be pointed out that this does not mean these apps will not work on future Huawei phones, it just means that anybody who wants them will have to install them on the phones themselves.

It is common practice for smartphone vendors to reach agreements with firms to pre-load their apps on their smartphones, whether users want them or not, but Facebook has suspended this agreement.

This is not major problem for Huawei, unlike a number of troubling developments for the company as it contends with an executive order issued by President Donald Trump in mid May, that declared a national security emergency against Chinese firms.

Almost immediately after the President’s executive order, the US Commerce Department added Huawei and 70 affiliates to its so-called Entity List, which bans them from buying parts and components from US companies without US government approval.

That decision made it difficult, if not impossible, for Huawei, to sell some products because of its reliance on US suppliers for essential silicon and other components.

Just days later however the US Commerce Department announced a 90-day suspension of the imposition of trade restrictions on Huawei. This means the firm is still allowed to buy US goods until 19 August.

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