Well, Honor is following the footsteps of Lenovo it seems. The Chinese company now confirmed that one of its popular smartphones, the Honor 8 will not receive Android 8.0 Oreo update, which is underwhelming. The Honor 8 has been one of the best smartphones from Honor in 2016, and it's well received by both consumers and media alike. This news comes just a month after Honor's CEO confirming the Oreo update's arrival for the smartphone, which makes the update cancellation news even more worse.
This news was confirmed by none other than Honor India team itself. When a user of Honor 8 asked about the EMUI 8.0 update for the Honor 8, the official Twitter handle of Honor India replied as "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 with our customers, and we are really glad to have you as an Honor customer. Inconvenience is regretted."
How come a company confirm an update for the smartphone only to excite customers and then cancel it? Well, only Honor can answer this question. And the reason for the cancellation of the update is 'due to hardware and software limitation.' So, Honor all of sudden realised that the Honor 8 doesn't have compatible hardware to run Oreo software. But how come they promised an update earlier? Maybe the company wanted the customers to purchase the smartphone after a price cut by promising the update.
For the unaware, last month, Honor's CEO, George Zao confirmed that Honor would roll out the Oreo update to the Honor 8 and the Honor 8 Pro smartphones. While the latter's development of Oreo update has already begun, the former's update has been cancelled as stated above.
However, Honor India says they will roll out security patch updates to the Honor 8 whenever required, but Android Nougat would be the last major one for the smartphone, unfortunately.
It's hard to digest that Honor has pulled back the update due to hardware and software limitation, and to be frank; it's one of the lame excuses we have ever heard. On the side note, the Nokia 2 from HMD Global will receive the Oreo update very soon, and the MediaTek-powered Nokia 3 would receive the major update too.
So for the Honor 8 users who're eagerly waiting for the update, there you have it guys, there won't be any EMUI 8.0 update, at least from the info we have with us now.