Honor’s Upcoming Phones Will Launch With Google Apps Pre-Installed

The US government imposed additional sanctions on Huawei last year, limiting its ability to conduct business with US companies, thereby greatly affecting its smartphone division. The sanctions meant that Huawei could no longer source chips from US companies or have its Android devices certified by Google.

In a bid to keep its sub-brand Honor alive, Huawei sold it off to a consortium of Chinese companies. That move seems to have paid off as Honor’s upcoming phones will launch with Google apps and services onboard.

Honor 50 to Come With Google Apps and Services

Since Honor is now an independent brand, it can once again have its phones certified by Google before launch so that they come pre-installed with Google Play services and other Google apps. As spotted by GizmoChina, Honor’s German handle on Twitter confirmed in reply to a user query that the upcoming Honor 50 will launch with Google apps and services pre-installed.

Like before, upcoming Honor phones will also feature the company’s own Magic UI on top, though with some additional new features. The Honor 50 is expected to launch in the second half of this year.

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Honor to Source Chips From Qualcomm

With Honor no longer being a sub-brand of Huawei, it can freely conduct business with US companies once again, including sourcing chipsets from the San Deigo-based Qualcomm for its phones. Qualcomm confirmed this in its announcement of the Snapdragon 778G chip as well, which will power the upcoming Honor 50.

Before the US ban, Honor used Kirin chipsets from HiSilicon, which is also owned by Huawei. Due to the US sanctions imposed in early 2020, though, HiSilicon could no longer have its chips fabricated at TSMC’s foundries leading to a major supply shortage for both Huawei and Honor.

US Sanctions Have Made Things Tough for Huawei

The lack of Google apps and services has been a major con of Honor and Huawei phones for the last two years. This leads to a frustrating and poor user experience as many apps do not work properly. Unsurprisingly, due to this, Huawei and Honor smartphones sales have dwindled dramatically over the last two years in the European market.

The US government made things worse for Huawei in 2020 after imposing further restrictions on it that limited its ability to procure chips from vendors that relied on US technology.

While Huawei has been struggling to keep its smartphone division alive, the company took the wise decision of selling its Honor sub-brand to prevent it from meeting the same fate.

Source: https://www.makeuseof.com/honor-upcoming-phones-launch-google-apps-pre-installed/

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