US trade ban on Huawei means no more bloatware on its smartphones


There’s no denying that Huawei is in a tough spot. Huawei’s placement on the US Entities list prohibits US tech companies from doing business with Huawei, forcing Google to cut ties with the company and putting the future development of Huawei smartphones at risk since it will have issues building new chips and using key technologies in its devices which are developed by US companies.

But there is a silver lining in all this. Huawei phones will no longer be able to ship with the current suite of bloatware that comes pre-installed on its phones. This means that Facebook, Instagram,, Amazon Video and other apps that Huawei includes on nearly every device it sells will no longer be there. To be fair, most smartphone users install Facebook and Instagram as soon as they set up a new device, but we can’t remember that last time anyone actually wanted the app permanently installed on their device.

removing the pre-installed bloatware is one of the only positive outcomes of the trade ban on Huawei that we’ve been able to spot so far. Hopefully, it won’t be the last. 

Source: Reuters

Nick Gray
I'm a life-long tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC. After writing about tech for more than a decade, I jumped at the opportunity to take on the role of Editor in Chief at Phandroid. Please contact me at [email protected].

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