Honor Beats US Sanctions with Google Services

Honor completed a significant coup by securing Google Mobile Services as the software platform for its Honor 50 range ahead of a reported expansion in availability. Former Huawei brand Honor revealed on Twiiter that Google Mobile Services will feature on the Honor 50 series.

That collaboration brings the vendor access to a variety of the Google’s mobile services and APIs including the Play Store, Chrome browser and YouTube. The message confirms reports regarding Google Mobile Services which accompanied the domestic launch of the Honor 50 and Honor 50 Pro in June.

Honor was spun-off from Huawei in late 2020 to help circumvent trade restrictions which prevented the former parent company accessing key software and components from US-based companies. The smartphone brand also continues to access US components, with its Magic 3 series running Qualcomm silicon and a UI based on Google’s Android. South China Morning Post speculated a launch in European markets could take place later this month ahead of a broader expansion in availability.

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