Honor existed from Huawei as separate brand in 2014, although technically under the same Huawei corporation. In this way, inclusion of Huawei in the Entity List in May 2019 it affected both Huawei and Honor, which since then have not been able to launch new models with Google Services.
In November, rumors were confirmed that Huawei got rid of Honor, selling it to a Shenzhen consortium for “the enormous pressure suffered” and “to ensure its survival.” According to Russian media sources Kommersant, enabling Honor launch terminals with pre-installed Google services as early as spring.
Google Services would return
Huawei was included in the Entity List from the US Department of Commerce as soon as that list was created, and it has remained there until now. This prohibits companies in the country from doing business with Huawei, which means from changing 5G network equipment to preventing companies like Qualcomm provide components or get certified to include pre-installed Google services. This prohibition applies to Huawei and subsidiaries, among which was Honor until its sale, in November of last year.
After its sale, Honor is technically not affected by the embargo and, according to GSMArena, since December last year, it has been negotiating with Qualcomm the provision of 5G chips. In addition, according to two sources from Kommersant, Honor would be preparing a new line of mobiles with pre-installed Google services, which would be announced in spring 2021 and which would be distributed in some countries such as Russia.
Outside the list of entities, the new Honor should have no problem doing business with Google and recertify new terminals, as long as the US government also includes it on the list. With the transfer of administration taking place in the United States today, this possibility seems a little less likely, although not impossible.
It will be necessary to see what all this remains. Spring is just around the corner, so there shouldn’t be much left to confirm or disprove this rumor. At the moment, this Friday is expected to present the Honor V40, the first “of the new Honor”, and we may know a little more on the subject.
Via | Gizmochina
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