Future Honor phones to get “up to 24 months” of software updates

Huawei Mobile USA earlier today announced that it is committing itself to deliver “up to 24 months” of software updates for upcoming phones by its sub-brand Honor. That's quite the promise, considering how quickly some smartphone makers abandon their products these days.

A Google+ post by Huawei USA Ecommerce Customer Acquisition Manager Taylor Wimberly from earlier today, outlines in short how future Honor-branded smartphones will be treated to regular software updates, including timely security and bug patches.

The new scheme is supposed to come into play this year, and will provide Honor users with “up to 24 months” worth of regular software updates, including new feature updates “at least once every three months” during the first 12 months, followed by continued – albeit surely less frequent – safety and security patches beyond the two-year mark. The wording on that promise is a bit vague, and it's not clear how frequent the updates will be after the first 24 months, but the company will most likely commit itself to patching out more serious threats in a less frequent manner. Still, that's quite a promise just ahead of Honor 8's launch and we sincerely hope that Huawei/Honor makes good on it.

Continued software support, or the lack thereof, is one of the biggest scourges of the Android world, and although we are seeing more and more manufacturers put forth increasingly greater efforts to amend this, the current status quo of severe Android fragmentation is still a difficult beast to battle.



source: Google+

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11 Comments

1. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Now that's something interesting. I hope it occurs with all the honor phones, not just the top-tier ones, provided it does actually happen. And with such a promise, I think Huawei can also extend it to the Mate and P series atleast.

10. Sabres

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

P series already had that for 3 years I guess

2. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

thats what people want to see , when the company commits to software updates even on a 400$ phone then the company is on the right track ... especially after the leaks of android N how how much EMUI is going to improve

3. Marslander

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

I applaud this. If someone makes an investment in a company's product, the company should make the effort to support it.

4. libra89

Posts: 2310; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

If they keep it, that's what's up. We will see.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22389; Member since: May 28, 2014

This is great. Huawei has taken a step to becoming one of the better Android OEM's. Kudos, Huawei.

6. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

24 months from it was introduced? Or 24 months from it was discontinued?

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

24months after this article is written, lol... (they already mention "24 months following each product launch")

8. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Wow. Good on Huawei for this. Other Android vendor should watch learn that do not do this.

9. Fellwalker

Posts: 540; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

"Up to" In other words it is absolutely meaningless.

11. god996

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 27, 2013

Exactly. If it was something like "at least 24 months", that would've been good. "Up to 24 months" pretty much allows them not to roll out any updates at all if they want lol.

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