Honor’s next Android phone will come with Google apps – here’s why it matters

Honor’s next smartphone may be a real alternative to our list of the best Android phones, as the company has apparently confirmed that it will pre-install Google apps on its next flagship series.

Previously, Honor was under the same restrictions as its parent company Huawei, which meant it couldn’t preinstall Google Mobile Services on its smartphones. These are apps like Gmail, Google Play Store, YouTube, Google Maps, and a host of other software.

Now Honor has parted ways with its former parent company after a deal was struck earlier in 2021 to go its own way. Honor’s German Twitter account has now confirmed that it will use Google mobile services on future devices.

The tweet has since been deleted, but it was spotted by GizmoChina before it was deleted. It was a response to someone asking if Google apps will be on their next round, and the translated tweet read, “Yes, we can confirm that. But pssst, should be another surprise.”

TechRadar has contacted Honor for a further statement on this news and if there is any clarification as to why the tweet was deleted. We’ll update this story if we hear more.

We had always assumed that Honor would return to Google services would be the case, but this is the first time we’ve heard an official word from the brand that Honor will re-adopt the software for its future phones.

Google mobile services are an integral part of the Android phone experience for many, which means that recent Honor and Huawei products have been hard to recommend over other smartphones on the market.

A big boost for Honor

The honor of returning to Google’s mobile services is a big tick in its favor, and it may mean the company is better equipped to compete in markets like Europe against OnePlus, Google and Samsung.

Honor will continue to use its MagicUI interface, which is a revamped version of Android with a variety of modified features in addition to the standard software.

We’ve only just started hearing details of the Honor 50, and the company confirmed last week that it will use the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G chipset to power the upcoming phone.

TechRadar was also asked to expect more information in June, so hopefully we know more about the next smartphone, if not all the details on the new device.

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