Honor fails to keep its promise, says Honor 8 will not receive Android 8.0 Oreo

Last month, Honor's CEO, George Zao said in an interview that his company plans to release Android 8.0 Oreo update for Honor 8 and Honor 8 Pro very soon. The first of the two, Honor 8 was very well received by the press and consumers alike, which made Honor's decision to offer the update looks even smarter.

Unfortunately, it appears that the Chinese company changed its mind merely a month after the statement of its CEO. Honor India has just confirmed that due to “hardware and software limitations,” Honor 8 will not be getting Android 8.0 Oreo.

Honor went on to say the smartphone will continue to receive security updates when needed, probably for a few more years. It's hard to understand how a smartphone like the Honor 8 is limited by hardware when even the Nokia 2 will receive Android 8.0 Oreo in some form.

So, there you have it, folks, Honor 8 has been removed from the list of smartphones to get Android 8.0 Oreo. At least until the Chinese company changes its mind again.

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1. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

It’s not a hardware or software limitation, it’s priority limitation.

14. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

Exactly. There is an extremely small difference from 7.1 to 8.0, let alone 7.0 to 8.0

2. Subie

Posts: 2393; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

LOL, well that makes their name quite ironic...

9. wesley.

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

More like No Honor...

20. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Or Honorless

3. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Glad I didn't waste my money on one of these. Real shame to see considering that both 1+ and ZTE had very similarly priced hardware (1+3 and Axon 7) yet they'll at least see Oreo. I just don't find the excuses presented all that believable.

4. libra89

Posts: 2298; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Wow this is a disappointment but I'm glad that there's confirmation about this. Now we know.

5. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

P9 not getting it either?

6. SyCo87

Posts: 318; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

That's pretty messed up, the phone isn't even that old.

7. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

XDA :)

10. sunnyfpy

Posts: 288; Member since: May 12, 2013

No point buy older phone's without software updates.

11. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

this is why you stick to reliable brands in your region. I've learned my lesson messing with Chinese tablets like Cube, Teclast, Chuwi, etc

12. jellmoo

Posts: 2627; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Considering my Mate 9 is still waiting on Oreo after Huawei said it would be out within 30 days of the Mate 10 release (not to mention I'm still on the April security patch) I'm not terribly surprised.

17. yalokiy

Posts: 1052; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

something wrong with your mate 9, they are all on oreo since december 2017.

19. jellmoo

Posts: 2627; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The US version? No, no they are not.

25. yalokiy

Posts: 1052; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Check out XDA forum, some people got oreo on their US version mate 9 even in November. The rest got it in December. Contact Huawei support, they should help.

13. cocoy

Posts: 463; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

I am not surprised by this news based on my experience with their product

18. yalokiy

Posts: 1052; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

They promised updates every 3 month (and they do keep up with that), not android version updates. Still sad to see no new android version.

21. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Honor 9 won't get 9.0 and View 10 won't get 10.0 , deal with it 8=3 !

22. andriodfanboy1

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Honor u broke my heart bye bye bought honor 8 after about ur promise

23. andriodfanboy1

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Same processor as p9 and others but they will get

27. epdm2be

Posts: 824; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

"...we regret to inform you that Honor 8 is not compatible for Android Oreo update due to hardware and software limitations...." To Dishonor: Euhm... it uses the same cortex A53 and A72 as everybody else. Including the same MALI GPU so what hardware "limitation". Secondly I thought Oreo "IS" the software? Again what limitation? It has 3 or 4GB of RAM + 32GB internal storage. I fail to see any limitations. Anyway. This isn't really such a big deal as there probably isn't much difference between Android 8 and 7 since Treble, the most important bit of this upgrade, isn't used on most (read: any) aftermarket updated models anyway. It's a pitty though, because the Honor 8 was IMHO the best of the Honor models better than the Honor 9. Fingerprint sensor at the right place AND usable as an additional programmable button (unlike Sumsungs Bixby crap). Very useful to have a one click torch unlike every other phone where you have to unlock the screen, then swipe the quick button shade and then click the torch button. Instead of removing buttons manufacturers should ADD buttons and buttons that we can program to OUR liking, thank you!!! It had every feature conceivable including a 2-way programmable IR-remote, audio-jack, micro-SD-card slot, fantastic screen and it's camera had both laser and PDAF (unlike the new V10 model) not to mention that my logic dictates that 2 rear-camera's o/t same resolution gives better results then 2 different ones (as in newer models). And no, I'm not interested in fake bokeh IMHO I'd rather have one good camera with OIS than all that ridiculous crap with 2 camera's. The front-mounted fingerprint scanner, as on the Honor 9, is only fine if your phone is laying flat on a table or other surface. In hand, a back mounted fingerprint scanner is easier to use and quicker to find (provided it is placed on a logical place like the Honor 8). So yes, it's a bummer that Huawei decided not to upgrade this model nor released a truly upgraded model with the SAME design. In fact I wonder why can't these goddamn manufacturers for once stick to a good design and improve upon that instead of either removing stuff or replacing them with worse parts with their successive models? I wouldn't have avoided the Honor 9 if it had the same design as the Honor 8 with just improved internals and OIS on the same 12MP camera (which is enough for even 4K video) . But as it is, I'm afraid the Honor 8 will be my only and last Honor-phone. It was fun while it lasted.

28. TechDork

Posts: 404; Member since: May 10, 2010

And this is why Android is inconsistent. How can something BRAND new not get Oreo?? Smh.

29. andriodfanboy1

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I have contacted my country's honor website they said they are currently working on it.

30. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

Kirin 960 cannot update to 8.0 !! lolz Liar !!

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