Facebook stops its apps from being pre-installed on Huawei phones

midian182

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The decision won’t be as much of a blow to Huawei as Google and Arm cutting ties. Reuters reports that owners of its phones will still be able to download Facebook’s main app, Instagram, and WhatsApp, and will continue to receive Play Store updates, but new devices won’t ship with any of the software pre-installed. Huawei usually pre-installs apps such as Facebook and Twitter on its handsets. Whether Twitter will follow suit is unclear.

According to a person familiar with the matter, the Facebook ban applies to any Huawei phone that has not left the factory. This might seem like a minor inconvenience as the apps can just be downloaded from the Play Store once the new phone has been set up, but many consumers might still see it as another reason to avoid Huawei handsets.

The bigger issue for the company is Google. The US government granted the search giant a 90-day reprieve after Huawei was blacklisted, meaning even phones not yet shipped or built will still receive updates and come with Google services pre-installed. But Google said it would no longer provide Android software after the reprieve expires in August, at which point it will likely turn to its own alternative operating system, possibly a forked version of Android.

Google itself isn’t happy with the situation. According to the Financial Times, it has told the US government that a “hybrid” Android OS from Huawei would be “more at risk of being hacked, not least by China.”

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learninmypc

TS Evangelist
IMO, no phone should come with pre installed apps, only 2 are necessary, Settings & the app store & google play. Less clutter.
 

ghostf1re

TS Guru
IMO, no phone should come with pre installed apps, only 2 are necessary, Settings & the app store & google play. Less clutter.
While that would be fine for those of us that are tech savvy, but for people that aren't, removing all of these apps would be a mistake and probably cause people to dislike those devices.
 

learninmypc

TS Evangelist
While that would be fine for those of us that are tech savvy, but for people that aren't, removing all of these apps would be a mistake and probably cause people to dislike those devices.
The app store is where you go to get apps. The ones currently on the desktop of the phone SHOULD be in the app store till you need it. Clear now? :)
 

AndreV

TS Rookie
If I ever need Facebook on my phone I use the web version on Firefox. As far as the preinstalled app phone, it just stays there unused from the 1st day until the end of time.
I would have like to uninstall it but the Android wont let me.