Huawei has had a bad few weeks, as US companies responded to the Trump ban one after another. Whether it’s hardware such as chips from Intel or ARM, or whether it’s software like Google’s Android or Microsoft’s Windows, Huawei can’t import it from American technology companies until the ban is resolved. And Facebook is the latest big name in tech that responded to the prohibition by suspending app preinstalls on Huawei phones that are yet to leave factories. The move means nothing for Huawei’s Chinese market, but not being able to preload apps like Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp, all Facebook properties on Huawei devices sold in other international markets can be a massive problem for the company.
Also, any new Huawei device that ships without Facebook apps preloaded, but still has access to the Play Store app will be able to install the apps. But once the 90-day reprieve the US granted to Huawei expires in August, all Huawei phones leaving factories won’t have either Facebook apps or the Play Store app, preinstalled. Of course, that’s assuming that China and America do not come to a broad trade understanding until then, a deal that would also include Huawei.