No, we are not getting into the smart car business, says Honor CEO
Cars are the new phones; at least, this is the overall message sent by the emerging tendency for new vehicles to launch with the smart technology and connectivity to practically rival the average brand-new Android device.
It follows that the companies that already support mobile hardware with these kinds of features would naturally apply their know-how to the development of the hardware and software (AI included) to complete this up-to-date type of automobile, Huawei included.
However, when Honor's CEO was questioned as to this OEM's potential plans to get into this new market, the executive's response was in the negative. Speaking during a keynote at Shanghai's Jiaotong University, Zhao Ming indicated that his brand would prefer to focus on the smartphone industry for now.
The former Huawei spin-off may have lofty ambitions in this space, in fact, reportedly now aiming to become the market's top brand worldwide. This might be helped by offering Google apps out of the box, a form of generalized compatibility from which its former owner has become cut off.
A new leak has suggested that Honor is indeed prepared to integrate Google Mobile Services in its new 50 series of premium mid-rangers. This was apparently confirmed in a tweet associatd with a brand representative in response to a query from another user; then again, that post has since been deleted.