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HONOR says the HONOR 8 won't receive Android Oreo

In a tweet from its India Twitter channel, HONOR has ruled out the Oreo update for the HONOR 8 due to "hardware and software limitations."

Published onJanuary 16, 2018

  • HONOR has said that the HONOR 8 won’t receive Android Oreo.
  • The news arrives from the HONOR India twitter channel, where it ruled out the update due to “hardware and software limitations.”
  • The revelation could indicate the Oreo update for the HUAWEI Mate 8 and HONOR V8 also won’t arrive.

HUAWEI and its sub-brand HONOR have never been great when it comes to software rollouts, typically lagging behind many of the other major Android OEMs. Recent news from HONOR suggests worse than just another sluggish update deployment, though: it looks like the HONOR 8 may never see its next upgrade.

In a tweet from the HONOR India Twitter channel (via GSMArena), HONOR responded to a user question to state that the HONOR 8, which arrived with Android Marshmallow in mid-2016, wouldn’t get Oreo due to “hardware and software limitations.”

we can understand your concern. However, we regret to inform you that HONOR 8 is not compatible for Android Oreo update due to hardware and software limitations. We always work for our customers and we are really glad to have you as an HONOR customer. Inconvenience is regretted.
— HONOR India (@HiHonorIndia) January 15, 2018

We’ve seen wonky information from social channels many times in the past, so there’s a chance this is simply a mix-up. Further, it may only apply to the Indian market, meaning the update could still roll out elsewhere (though that’s fairly unlikely given that India is such a big market for HONOR/Huawei).

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That being said, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the HONOR didn’t get Oreo—despite that it would be within the suggested 24-month update cycle. HUAWEI isn’t particularly strict about ensuring all devices get two major Android updates, and the smartphone was recently missing from an EMUI 8.0 update list (which is based on Oreo) that we received from HUAWEI via email.

The “hardware and software limitations” may just be a way of saying HONOR doesn’t want to invest the resources in delivering the update—instead, choosing to prioritize newer phones. If it’s accurate, though, this could rule out Oreo for the HUAWEI Mate 8 and HONOR V8 too. Both of those phones feature the same Kirin 950 chip that could be holding the update back.

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