23 March 2021
Honor no longer works as Huawei’s subsidiary. It has a new parent company and all those rules that are imposed on Huawei by the US government do not apply to Honor anymore. Honor is not an independent company and it may still not work on its own terms but it is, at least, free from those restrictions that were indirectly imposed on it.
Honor now works under Shenzhen Zhixin New Information Technology Co. Ltd. and will now enjoy the freedom to work with the US companies. In December 2020, we heard Honor was in advanced talks with Qualcomm for the direct supply of chips and now a new report has surfaced that throws more light on the establishment of Honor as a separate company from Huawei.
As per a report from a Russian publication, Honor could launch smartphones with Google Mobile Services (GMS) around Spring. This means the collection of Google apps will make a comeback on the Honor devices soon. This alludes to the fact that Honor as a manufacturer might have obtained a license from Google in order to legally pre-install GMS on its devices. This could also mean the new devices coming from Honor may not have Huawei AppGallery pre-installed.
Currently, Honor is prepping to launch the V40 smartphone on January 22 and it seems unlikely that GMS will make a comeback this early. The report had already mentioned a timeframe, which is spring. The report also added that the new line of phones with Google Mobile Services will be released in markets, including Russia.