Rising star Honor lost its momentum when its parent company, Huawei, got slapped with US sanctions.
The US restrictions banned both Huawei and Honor from using key components in the hardware and software department. So to save Honor from drowning any further, Huawei sold its sub-brand late last year, cutting its ties with them so that they can flourish freely.
Now, it looks like Honor is finally allowed to use US-based components. Last week, Honor UK announced that its next premium line, the Honor 50 series, will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G chipset. No more outdated Kirin chips from the company’s previous in-house brand, HiSilicon.
After the announcement, people are curious if future Honor phones will also have Google Play Store back, which is one of the key features missing on previous Huawei and Honor devices that caused their downfall.
Honor Germany initially confirmed in a Twitter reply that future phones would indeed have Play Store support. However, the response was deleted.
This can mean two things: One, Honor Germany might’ve revealed the news too early; or, it’s not true at all, and future Honor phones may never have Google Play Store again. Chances are, it’s the former since another American company, Qualcomm, has already been confirmed to be working again with Honor.
Still, we have no choice but to wait and see when the Honor 50 series comes out. The official release date is yet to be announced.