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Honor announces the return of the Google Play Store on its smartphones

Honor has finally confirmed the return of the Play Store, and all Google apps, to its smartphones. Freed from its parent company Huawei, the Chinese manufacturer escapes the restrictions imposed by the United States. The Honor 50, the brand’s next flagships, will therefore ship all Google services.

Driven by US sanctions against it, Huawei preferred to sell its subsidiary Honor to a consortium of forty Chinese companies. This operation allowed Huawei to generate more than €12.8 billion in profits, to compensate for the collapse of its sales, while freeing Honor from restrictions.

Shortly after the sale, Honor entered into negotiations with Qualcomm to obtain Snapdragon chips. Independent of Huawei, the Chinese brand can no longer rely on the SoC Kirin developed by HiSilicon. De facto, the company turned to Qualcomm components.


The Honor 50 line-up, whose launch is imminent, will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G 5G. Honor’s German branch just confirmed the news on its Twitter account. Engraved in 6nm by TSMC, the chipset includes an Adreno 642L GPU and a Snapdragon X53 5G modem.

Above all, Honor rushed to ask for the return of its Android license to Google. Without this license, a manufacturer is not able to pre-install Google apps, including the valuable Play Store, and Google Mobile Services, on its devices. After months of rumors on the subject, the Chinese brand ended up confirming the return of Google apps on its smartphones in response to a user on Twitter. The Honor 50s will therefore ship all the usual Google apps on an Android smartphone: Play Store, Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps…

As a reminder, Honor should announce the Honor 50 in June 2021. It is expected that the range will be marketed in most European countries. We will tell you more as soon as possible. What do you expect from Honor’s return to the front of the stage? Don’t hesitate to give your opinion in the comments below.

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