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Huawei ties up deal to preload Deezer on Honor phones

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Huawei's cool smartphone sub-brand, Honor, will start pre-loading its phones with European streaming service Deezer.

All future Honor phones will come with the Deezer app pre-installed, giving users immediate access to the service's free tier with no subscription required.

Of course, if users want to move beyond personalised mixes and into Deezer's on-demand 40 million-strong music library - not to mention its 40,000 radio programs, podcasts and audiobooks - they'll have to sign up for a £9.99 per month subscription.

The deal between Honor and Deezer is being described as a "first of its kind global streaming partnership." Deezer will be available on Honor phones sold in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa, Russia and South East Asia.

"Honor customers will get the best of both worlds - Smart technology alongside the best in music and radio," said Deezer's Gerrit Schumann. "With just one touch, listeners can access the largest music catalogue in the world, as well as over 40,000 podcasts, radio and audiobooks."

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This announcement is well timed to accompany today's European launch of the Honor 5X. The phone features a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 615 CPU, a 13-megapixel camera, and a fingerprint sensor. All of this is wrapped up in a slick metal design.

Over in the US, the Honor 5X costs just $199, or around £140, so it could prove to be a real bargain for European smartphone users looking for something classy without wishing to break the bank.

Borkr

February 4, 2016, 11:34 am

Deezer is one of the 36 or more pre-installed and now disabled apps on my Samsung S4 from EE. It's only got 16GB of built in storage so that's a lot of crap I don't want or use given up to the bloated system rom of some 7GBs and I can't even uninstall these.

All the free stuff bloating my phone and using up system memory changes with each upgrade of the Android OS. I'm stuck with tons of stuff I never signed up for. I wasn't consulted when I handed over my cash - shouldn't I have more of a say on what I do with my property? No. Of course not.

Very bad move Huawei. Dis'honor'able conduct. Let your users choose - at least give them the option of an easy uninstall if you're going to preload stuff on their phone. I don't care how great a deal they think it is if they even genuinely do feel this mobile app stuffocation favours the consumer. Let us decide.

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