Huawei has been seriously struggling to keep its smartphone business in the line after the ban imposed by the US Government. The company suffered attacks on its hardware and software fronts. The last casualty was the company’s Kirin chipset division. The company now needs to reinvent itself to keep competing in the high-end segment. In order to protect the work done, and also, reduce worries, Huawei decided to sell its Honor smartphone brand to a Chinese group in November last year.
Honor as a separate brand already launched the Honor V40, but it was still developed under Huawei’s arms. The future phones will have Honor’s own identity, and as a new brand, the company is free to deal with US-related companies.
A couple of days ago, rumors have been suggesting that future Honor phones will come with Google Play Services. Since the ban, Huawei had to develop its own Huawei Mobile Services and AppGallery to give users a way to access Android apps. Now, the company can’t even update its phones to Android 11 and will need to migrate to HarmonyOS soon.
When it comes to Honor handsets, the brand’s future smartphones will probably have Android 11 straight out of the box. The whole set of Google apps will be present in the package.