Google apps will be available on Honor phones again after Huawei split

The smartphone maker just announced its 50 series lineup.


Now it's no longer subject to the same restrictions as former parent company Huawei, Honor can once again include Google apps on its phones. The company revealed it can pre-install the apps on its new Honor 50 and Honor 50 Pro, both of which are going through Google's security review process.

The company has "the option to have Google Mobile Services (“GMS”) preinstalled on compatible devices, in accordance with Google’s licensing and governance models," Honor told The Verge. “Consumers will be able to experience Honor smartphones and tablets equipped with GMS.”

After Huawei was placed on the US entity list in 2019, it was no longer able to include Google apps and services on devices. That policy covered Honor devices until Huawei sold the brand last year. Google also had to lock out Huawei from receiving Android updates, which meant the phone maker had to switch to an open-source version. Huawei has started rolling out a replacement operating system called HarmonyOS.

The Honor 50 devices are powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 778G 5G chipset. The Honor 50 and 50 Pro each have a 120Hz screen, though the latter's is slightly larger (6.72 inches instead of 6.57 inches).

The phones both have a quartet of rear cameras: a 108MP main camera, an 8MP wide-angle camera, a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth camera. The Honor 50 has a 32MP front-facing camera, while the Pro model uses both that and a 12MP ultrawide one.

The Honor 50 has a 4,300mAh battery with support for 66W fast charging. The 50 Pro's battery has slightly more capacity at 4,000mAh and you can charge it even faster, at up to 100W. According to Honor, the latter can charge to 90 percent of its capacity in just 20 minutes.

The company will start selling the devices in China later this month, along with a lower-cost Honor 50 SE, which starts at 2,399 yuan (about $375). The base Honor 50 costs 2,699 yuan (approximately $420) and the Honor 50 Pro starts at 3,699 yuan (about $580). Honor plans to bring the devices to other markets later, including the UK, Mexico, France and Russia. It hasn't announced plans to release the phones in the US or Canada.

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