Absence of Google apps hurting Huawei the most

The Honor Play brought flagship performance to the mid-range segment

The Honor Play brought flagship performance to the mid-range segment

It was also the first phone to come with GPU Turbo technology, a software feature that enhances the gaming experience on Honor and Huawei phones and which other manufacturers have also replicated for their devices.

Huawei itself has confirmed in the past that Harmony OS isn't yet ready for smartphones. The dual-boot strategy should also allow the company to gather important customer feedback about its new operating system and better adapt it to the needs of customers as it learns more. However, Huawei released the Honor Play with a Kirin 710 that isn't on par with the Kirin 970 in the Honor Play.

It's rather odd that Huawei says the Honor Play doesn't have strong-enough hardware to support the new software, given how devices with similar or even lower-end hardware are slated to receive the update. Honor later upgraded it to Android 9 Pie when it got the EMUI 9 update. "EMUI 10.0/Android Q will not be available" for the phone due to "hardware limitations" as it requires "higher hardware specifications for optimal performance". We appreciate your understanding and patience.

According to a FT report quoting a senior Huawei executive, the company hasn't been successful in finding replacements for Google apps which are very popular on Android devices. We also have examples of older devices like the Honor 10, V10 and View 10, all of them will receive the latest Huawei update. But this is not the worst news for Honor Play owners. According to them, they won't purchase Honor smartphones anymore, due to this awful support.

When it launched in July, it ran Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. This situation might change in the coming months but Huawei's reportedly got a different strategy for its next flagships if it doesn't.

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