Honor CEO Confirms Android Oreo Update for the Honor 8 & Honor 8 Pro, Explains why Honor 7X Launched with Nougat

Honor CEO Confirms Android Oreo Update for the Honor 8 & Honor 8 Pro, Explains why Honor 7X Launched with Nougat

Just recently, the Chinese variant of the Honor 8 Pro, the Honor V9, received a beta upgrade to Android Oreo alongside EMUI 8. Honor brought Project Treble support along to the device, which makes porting AOSP-based Android Oreo ROMs much easier for developers. Users who own the Honor 8 Pro can upgrade to the Android 8.0 Oreo beta after rebranding their phones unofficially through services such as FunkyHuawei, but it seems that won’t be necessary for much longer. The company’s CEO George Zhao, in an interview with technology site mondo, confirmed that both the Honor 8 and Honor 8 Pro will be receiving the upgrade to Android Oreo.

Update: We have an official update from Honor regarding future updates to Oreo :

At Honor, user experience is always our top priority, and as such, we respond timely to our users’ needs which include a possible Android update.

However, we would like to clarify that the product list for the latest Android update is still under finalization. We’re still conducting tests on some of our latest devices including Honor 8, Honor 8 Pro and Honor 9 to ensure the compatibility of the latest Android 8.0 Oreo update. As such, we could not confirm which products are under the list at this stage.

The Honor 8 Pro receiving the upgrade is not surprising news, because as mentioned before the Chinese variant has already received a beta upgrade that runs perfectly fine on the western version of the device, although after some unofficial software rebranding. EMUI 8 is a fairly incremental upgrade in terms of user-facing features, but all of the 8.0 specific goodies such as the Autofill Framework and picture-in-picture mode make it an update to look forward to. It remains to be seen if software support will continue past Android Oreo for the Honor 8 considering it launched with Android Marshmallow, but the Honor 8 Pro launched this year with Android Nougat on board so we hope software support extends past Oreo.

The interview also touches upon why the Honor 7X launched with Android Nougat instead of Android Oreo. Zhao stated in the interview that the Honor 7X launched with Android Nougat simply because Android Oreo was not ready yet when the device went into mass production. What’s more, apparently the Honor 7X will be receiving the upgrade to Android Oreo very soon. There is currently no time period given for the Android Oreo release on any other devices yet, however.


Source: Mondo Via: The Android Soul

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