In the last few weeks, we’ve been writing a lot about Huawei because people like to read them and we get more clicks we’re extremely worried for Huawei users.
And in many of our articles, we kept on wondering: when is Facebook, who also owns WhatsApp and Instagram, going to make the move, too?
After all, just like Google, they’re a US company. And most importantly, with their not-so-ideal relationship with the US authorities, you can bet that toeing the line would be a good PR win for them.
And today, they’ve finally made the move.
Official: Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram Aren’t Going to be Pre-installed in New Huawei Phones
Now, before you go apeshit and sell your Huawei phones, hold your horses. It’s not doomsday yet. Instead, I’m going to go out on a limb and say this is actually yet another long-term win for Huawei. Read on and you’ll understand.
But first, the breaking news: in a move that everyone expected that caught no one by surprise, Facebook is no longer allowing pre-installs of its family of apps (primarily Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp for us) in new Huawei phones.
You see, if you’ve bought a new phone, you’d notice that some apps are already pre-installed in your phone: known as “bloatwares”, some of these apps are used very often by users while some are just pure nonsense apps that we delete once we start up our phones.
And of course, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are apps that we use very often.
In this instance, any Huawei phones that have yet to leave the factory would not be installed with Facebook apps, though they’re still running on Android.
Currently Huawei phones, and Huawei phones that have left the factory (i.e. in shops or fulfilment centres) would still have the apps pre-installed.
Huawei hasn’t commented on this latest revelation.
Current Phones Won’t be Affected
So, you’re holding a Huawei phone and wonder if you’d receive the latest filter from Instagram.
Fret not; the Facebook family of apps would still be updated. And if you’ve bought a Huawei phone without Facebook apps, there’s no need to worry, too: you can simply download them from Google Play Store.