Facebook has banned Huawei from pre-installing its applications on new phones, in a move that would prevent any new Huawei smartphones from leaving the factory with Facebook as well as apps from its subsidiary companies WhatsApp and Instagram pre-installed.
The ban is currently not affected by the temporary exemption the US government granted to American companies allowing them to keep doing business with Huawei until 19 August 2019.
Facebook also said they would continue to supply updates to existing users on Huawei phones.
People who already own a Huawei phone and have the relevant apps installed can still continue to use them and receive updates normally.
It also means that new Huawei phone owners will be able to download the apps through the Google Play Store.
But if Google restricts Huawei users access to the Google Play Store as is possible after the current grace period ends it would require a legal relationship with Facebook in order to list Facebook apps for download via its own replacement service.
If Facebook does not enter into such a deal with Huawei, users of Huawei phones would lose one click access to FB app, Instagram & the WhatsApp.
The apps would still be available via side-loading which requires users to download themselves, turning off some security features on their phones, and manually keeping apps up to date.