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Facebook Blocks Huawei from Pre-Installing Its Apps as US Ban Intensifies

Huawei will be unable to pre-install Facebook, Instagram, or WhatsApp on new devices in a largely symbolic move. The social media giant is complying with US legal requirements after Trumps' Huawei ban.


The US ban on is intensifying as reportedly joins the list of tech giants to stop working with the company. Following and Qualcomm, the giant is restricting access to its apps.

More specifically, though, it won't let Huawei pre-install Facebook, , or WhatsApp on its devices. Things should remain much the same for current users, who will still receive updates and will keep the apps.

Arguably, then, this is a short-term positive for new consumers. They won't have to put up with unwanted apps on their device and can instead install what they need. However, the future of Huawei's phones is currently quite uncertain.

With no access to Qualcomm chips and lack of Play Store access, the company could struggle to create devices. The company has its own Kirin chips, but they often don't stack up favorably with Snapdragon.

Meanwhile, has remained somewhat quiet on its plans for Huawei. It refused to rule out cutting updates to laptops, but hasn't announced plans to, either. Meanwhile, Intel won't provide processors for those devices.

The US alleges that Huawei is too closely linked to the Chinese government and could pose a risk to national security. As well as its phones, there are significant concerns about Huawei's big role in 5G networking.

While Facebook's move is comparatively a small one, it could slow shipments further. According to Reuters, the ban applies to any Huawei phone that has not left the factory. Huawei will have to make changes quickly to accommodate the ban.

Assumedly, users will still be able to install Facebook apps after they lose access to the Play Store. Though they won't be able to access them via official channels, Android devices can install apk's from non-verified sources.

Ryan Maskell
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Ryan has had a passion for gaming and technology since early childhood. Fusing the skills from his Creative Writing and Publishing degree with profound technical knowledge, he enjoys covering news about Microsoft. As an avid writer, he is also working on his debut novel.

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