30 June 2021
When Huawei decided to sell Honor last year, its main goal was to let the sub-brand survive and thrive as an independent entity. It did not want Honor smartphones to suffer the same fate as Huawei phones which were to launch without official support for Google apps and services. The goal seems to have been achieved as future Honor smartphones are now set to come pre-installed with Google apps.
The report is based on a tweet from the official Honor Germany Twitter account. It replied to one of the users' queries as, "Yes, we can confirm that. But psst, should be another surprise [wink emoji]". This is the translated version of the response that was tweeted in German. Since then, the particular tweet has been taken down, which further strengthens the possibility of it being the truth. You can refer to the original tweet in the screenshot below.
Honor is currently preparing for the launch of the Honor 50 series. It is confirmed to debut with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor. If we go by the latest report, it should also be the first Honor smartphone series run Google apps and services out of the box. The lineup is expected to offer three different models targeting different price points.
Ever since Honor became an independent entity last year, there have been active discussions with various partners to get the business going. It announced the beginning of talks with Google earlier this year which now seems to have reached a favorable conclusion. It was also holding talks with the likes of Qualcomm and Intel for procuring component supplies.