Former Huawei sub-brand Honor gets Google Mobile Services back from the H50

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It wasn’t long ago that Huawei was forced to sell off its Honor sub-brand to a Chinese consortium following US sanctions imposed by former US President Donald Trump’s administration. Honor was also affected by Huawei’s placement on the Entity List, which saw it losing access to Google Mobile Services in its operating system.

But the sale was made and the brand was back up and running in no time, revealing its first post-Huawei smartphone in January this year. But there’s even more cause to celebrate now — Honor’s getting Google services back on its 50-series handsets.

Return to Honor

Screenshot via Android Authority

The company, with the launch of its Honor 50 smartphone series later this year, will see the return of GMS. This is according to the company’s Germany arm, in a tweet that has since been deleted. The confirmation was in reply to a direct question about the status of GMS on the company’s handsets.

The Snapdragon 778 smartphone will, apparently, retain Magic UI (which might look more familiar as Huawei’s EMUI) on top of Google-backed Android. Following its sale, the company has been working on reinstating all of the partnerships that were stripped away by the orange one. Google was the last domino to fall, although us finding out about it has possibly cost some poor German social media person their job.

It’s not certain when we’ll lay hands on the company’s newest smartphones here in SA. Technically it’s a completely different company, and it should enter the country via completely new avenues. But at least we know that they know a few supply-chain types here at home, so that’s good.

Source: Android Authority

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