It’s been a tough month for Huawei and things appear to be going from bad to worse. The Chinese technology giant has already suffered one devastating blow after a blacklisting from the US government has meant it’s lost its Android license.
This basically means any current devices such as the P30 Pro or Mate 20 Pro may not get any fresh updates from Google including the release of the new Android Q software.
If that wasn’t bad enough there’s now a fresh worry for the company with Facebook confirming to Reuters that it is blocking Huawei from pre-installing any of its apps on devices.
This not only includes the popular social network but also WhatsApp and Instagram. Luckily, if you buy a P30 Pro in the future you should still be able to download and install these popular apps from the Google Play Store.
Although this Facebook problem is one that has a simple fix, for now, it might not be so easily mended in the future. If Google and Facebook continue their blocks it may mean Huawei owners face a phone that won’t be able to access any of these services.
With no Android operating installed, Huawei smartphones won’t have the ability to use the Google Play Store and without Facebook, WhatsApp or Instagram pre-installed that’s a major problem.
Huawei has said it was prepared for the US action and vowed to work around any disruptions. However, the blocks do appear to be hitting consumer confidence with customers at stores in Europe and Asia telling Reuters that they are reluctant to buy Huawei phones in the face of uncertainties.
Analysts have also said they expect a dramatic drop in Huawei smartphone sales. Although Huawei is yet to comment on this latest block they have spoken about Google’s ban.
In a statement, the Chinese technology firm said: “Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world.
“As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry.
“Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products covering those have been sold or still in stock globally.
“We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.”
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