Facebook Inc has suspended Huawei from installing Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp on Huawei phones before they ship or when they are being built. According to the Reuters report, the ban comes after a major blow for the Chinese tech company’s ban on its purchase of parts and software from the United States of America. The blow has caused Huawei to struggle with keeping it’s business on the ball.
For now, in South Africa and anywhere else in the world, Huawei smartphone users who already have the Facebook Inc apps installed will not be affected. But for new Huawei users this may not sound too good since they will have to install Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp themselves from the Google Play Store after purchasing their phones – which may chow their data – although the good news are that they will still have access to their favourite apps. However, future Huawei phones will not have access to the Google Play Store and its apps unless the U.S. government unbans American companies from supplying technology to Huawei.
This comes after Huawei was alleged by the American government that its closeness to the Chinese government and its products including its telecom network equipment may be a channel of cloak-and-dagger activities.
Google has also said that it will no longer provide its Android software to Huawei phones after the 90-day defer given by the U.S. government becomes invalid. Luckily, the Google Play Store will remain available on current phone models including those which are being built, shipping, and those which have not been built.