Facebook is the latest US tech giant to cut ties with Huawei as the on-going trade war between the US and China continues to hit the tech business.
Doing business with China has always been highly supervised in the US. And that is especially true when a business is accused of spreading a Trojan Horse controlled by Beijing.
Just weeks after Google cancelled Huawei’s Android OS license – meaning Huawei can still install the public version of Android on its devices, but cannot customize the platform to its needs anymore – it’s now Facebook turns to take a hit on the Chinese tech giant.
Strict new limits have been imposed on commercial collaboration by the US government. As a result, Facebook announced it will no longer allow Huawei to pre-install its app on their devices.
Existing Huawei users will not be affected by the changes. New users will no longer have apps like WhatsApp, Messenger or Facebook pre-installed on their devices. Of course this is clearly more of a PR move than anything else, as any Huawei owner will still be able to download and install the apps from Google’s Play store.