Honor's future smartphones will benefit from Google's services
Former Huawei subsidiary, Honor was subject until recently to the same US embargo as its parent company
Huawei's sacrifice has paid off. The Chinese manufacturer indeed separated from its subsidiary Honor last November - for an unknown amount - so that it is no longer impacted by the American embargo. Honor devices can thus once again benefit from Google services, including Maps, Gmail, and even YouTube, as the manufacturer has confirmed to several French media. An announcement that should allow him to reconnect with consumers accustomed to using the services of the American firm.
“Honor's independence gives us access to chipset suppliers and supermarkets [Google Mobile Services; editor's note] ”, thus indicated the French branch of Honor to the media Frandroid. "Our next smartphones will integrate GMS", she specified.
Honor is no longer on the American blacklist
As a subsidiary of Huawei, Honor had for more than a year suffered the same US sanctions as its parent company, suspected by the United States of spying on its users on behalf of the Chinese government. Charges that have had many impacts, including the ban for American companies to work with Huawei or its subsidiaries. The Chinese group could also not collaborate with foreign companies that used American technologies. It was thus impossible for him to take advantage of Qualcomm chips, but he also had to give up on Google services, particularly popular in Europe.
Moreover, in addition to being able to take advantage of Google's mobile services, Honor can again work with Qualcomm. Its next smartphones will therefore be able to integrate American chips.
It remains to be seen if Huawei will soon be able to do the same. The end of Donald Trump's mandate could indeed ease tensions between the United States and China, but for the moment, nothing is certain.