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Honor 8 won't be updated to Android Oreo

Honor 8
Honor 8

The Honor 8 was a truly fantastic mid-range handset when it launched in August of 2016, and following the update to Android Nougat in February of last year, it was made even better. We were crossing our fingers for Oreo to come to the phone in the near future, but those dreams have now been crushed.

Honor's Twitter account in India recently replied to a user asking about Oreo for the Honor 8, and this was the response:

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Honor sites that "hardware and software limitations" are preventing Oreo from arriving on the Honor 8, but that doesn't seem like a valid argument in my book. The Honor 8 is powered by a more than capable Kirin 950 processor and 4GB of RAM, so I'd be interested in getting more specifics about what sort of "limitations" the company is faced with.

It is mentioned in another tweet that the Honor 8 will continue to receive security patches "when needed", but even so, I don't imagine many people will be happy with this news.

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • Shame, shame. Amazing device, excellent camera, very good battery. Still my daily driver.
    Didn't Huawei say they would update their devices for at least 2 years? Unless that didn't apply to Honor.
  • Not only did they promise 2 years of version updates, but they guaranteed at least quarterly "significant updates" for 2 years. That never happened by a long shot. Corporations always bite off more than they can chew. But since people never know whether the corp is lying until after they've already purchased the phone, there is no tangible consequence for their lies. So they'll keep making them.
  • Yea Honor 8 Lite and Honor 8 Pro were both updated. I'm guessing something with Honor 8 was just doomed. Maybe its that fingerprint sensor button which is amazingly useful.
  • C'est la vie.
  • I really cannot fathom why any handset maker wouldn't provide updates for devices, simply because they're over a year old. I bought the HTC Desire 825 and then became aware that HTC weren't going to update it to Nougat and beyond. Nokia / HMD seem to be the only company who are actively engaged with their users and are willing to provide decent, stable updates to their devices.
  • Follow the money. Throwing a team of software engineers at a problem with a CPU nobody else uses is a cost. The company would rather direct resources into their next product to sell consumers. Of course, choosing to not deliver on the promised updates of older devices may harm future sales. A generally less informed, typical consumer (you are atypical if you are reading this) wouldn't care... While a decent phone, it's appeal is price.... Ie. A few strong specs at a lower price, but no long term update schedule is the tradeoff.
  • That's a fair point, but remember that the Honor 8's CPU is made in they are just making excuses imo.
  • There's no profit or even revenue in providing FREE updates to old phones. Companies only make revenue selling you a new phone. Unfortunately, it appears we're entering a new business paradigm the requirements to stay in business, things can't be given away free. Nokia may update free now, but how long will they be able to maintain this model in the Android business environment?
  • Um, yeah. There is. It's called getting repeat customers who buy your products for the next ten or twenty years versus once, you get their $400 (or however many) dollars and they tell you to #@%^ off and never do business with you again. Any backstock of existing phones is more valuable as well if they have software that's not full of unpatched, known exploits. Like most other people who bought an Honor 8 I won't be buying another product and I'll let everyone possible know that they sell their phones basically as-is with no support. Decent older phones no longer are too slow to use after a year and newer phones aren't getting that much faster year after year anymore. Companies that don't adjust to this are going to hemorrhage customers. Huawei selling phones by promising updates for two years and then not even getting monthly security updates out less than six months post release isn't getting them loyal customers.
  • Well, that decided what ever I will change out my Honor 8 to an Honor V10. No more phones from such a company.
  • Yeah this is bothersome. My Honor 8 has been my daily driver for over a year now and I was waiting until February to get the Huawei Mate 10 Pro... But, l'll be honest, this makes me question making such a big purchase, if they aren't going to keep their word and update for 2 years.
  • I wouldn't get anything from hueawi/honor since the us government is currently trying to get all us based businesses to stop working with them asap. They have been spying on US for years...this is just the tip if the iceberg...
  • Proof of spying please?
  • Doesn't say anything about the US, lengthy investigations in the US on Huawei and ZTE turned up with nothing in 2012. Also it wasn't the OEMs installing such software as stated in the article. "The security report clearly states that middlemen are installing such malware and that manufacturers like Xiaomi are not at fault. Unauthorized retailers can inject malware into any device bought from an unofficial channel. This is why we strongly recommend buying Mi phones only through authorized channels such as, Flipkart, Amazon or Snapdeal." I wouldn't be surprised if the US gov was behind this tbh since they've actually been proven to intercept shipments and install spyware on electronics.
  • It is great that we may continue to get security patches; but the whole "when needed" clause gives me concern. It sounds like they're just saying that to throw us a bone, so to speak; but they're not being specific enough to give this compensation any weight. I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens.
  • My wife has this phone and it's a snappy little bugger. I wish more OEMS would include IR blasters on their phones. I'm not sure how much they cost to install, or how much space they phisically take in a device or if they've found the avg consumer doesn't understand them, but I grab my wife's phone Everytime I want to change the channel on our little tv in our kitchen. Really cool feature (for me at least)
  • And it isn't like the SoC is from another company. Huawei makes their own SoC for this thing, so what hardware limitation could they be having?
    Well that was the only thing holding me back from a pixel. I love my Honor 8 and the button inside the fingerprint sensor is the best thing since deepfried twinkies. But I can't use it with VR since the nougat update b0rked the gyros and now they've just kicked it to the curb for any further updates so I do believe it is time.
  • Such a shame for a really good device. I thought the spec sheet was the same as the Huawei P9 which is supposed to be getting Oreo.. Oh well!
  • Budget phone what do you expect,they are looking at new devices. Buy cheap buy twice
  • It’s a Huawei P9 with a slightly underclocked SoC and a glass back with more RAM and a cheaper MSRP. If anything, this was Honor’s top offering in their lineup in 2016. Not being able to deliver on your promises is a big no-no.
  • What a disappointment
  • Good enough reason not to buy .
  • Why is that surprising from Huawei, the greediest company that already did that with their so called flagship P8 and mate S. Same excuse, inferior hardware.
  • That's what you get when you buy cheap Chinese ****... Lol
  • That's one way to piss off your customers...
  • Last Huawei device I'm ever buying good thing I never bought the Nexus 6p then.