Huawei will no longer be able to preinstall Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp on its smartphones

Facebook offers its tower end to its relationship with Huawei. In mid-may, Donald Trump signed a decree prohibiting american companies to have business relation

Huawei will no longer be able to preinstall Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp on its smartphones

Facebook offers its tower end to its relationship with Huawei. In mid-may, Donald Trump signed a decree prohibiting american companies to have business relations with telecoms groups deemed "dangerous to national security", with the Chinese Huawei in the first target. The biggest social network in the world is so bent to the rules imposed by his government, as did Google. It will not be possible to have applications Facebook pre-installed on the smartphones of Huawei. This also applies to apps Instagram, Messenger, or WhatsApp, which are all part of the same group. The decision takes note starting this Friday for all the phones that "are not yet out of the factories," said the social network american. The current owners of Huawei, therefore, are not referred to, the devices sold at the moment in the store no more. Facebook said to be "reviewing" the official texts of the authorities in the us and "take the necessary measures to comply with," said a spokesperson for the group.

Less impacting than that of Google, which depends on all the mobile operating system of Huawei with Android, the decision of Facebook weakens a little more the second manufacturer in the world of smartphone, which had multiplied in recent years, agreements for the benefit of apps pre-installed on its devices. Other companies could follow. On the Huawei phones, the applications of Twitter or Booking.com are also pre-installed. The company of Mark Zuckerberg states that the users of Huawei will still be able to download the relevant applications via the Google Play Store, but for how long? The breaking of commercial ties between Google and Huawei decided in mid-April and effective from the month of August will result in the disappearance of the app store of the american giant on all the new devices for the chinese brand.

A decision to double-edged

After Google, Microsoft or the manufacturers of semi-conductors, Intel, Qualcomm and now Facebook, other giants of the digital americans could follow. The constant pressure exerted by Donald Trump on Huawei begins to have consequences on the activity of the chinese group and the behaviour of consumers who are buying less smartphones of the brand. Samsung and Apple could directly take advantage of it all as the other chinese brands Oppo, Xiaomi or Vivo, which are not covered by the decree american. Ren Zhengfei, founder of Huawei, has recently told Bloomberg that he was going to fight for the prosperity of his company: "to Be able to grow in the environment more hostile to them reflects our strength," he explained.

The situation could also turn against Facebook. Huawei is still 19% of the global market for smartphones. More surprising, nothing on the first quarter of the year, Chinese has experienced a growth of 50% by selling a little over 59 million smartphones in the world. As many people who will no longer have direct access to the environment Facebook during the first boot of the device.

Updated Date: 08 June 2019, 00:00

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