Huawei Honor 8 to get Nougat and EMUI 5.0 Updates in Feb 2017

Huawei’s Honor 8 is set to get Android 7.0 Nougat and EMUI 5.0 updates in February 2017. The popular 5.2-inch Android phone, which was launched a couple of months ago with some great specs and nice looks, shipped with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and EMUI 4.1.

We’ve played with EMUI 5.0 on the Mate 9 and it’s a huge step in the right direction for Huawei, and based on early feedback from the Nougat beta on the Honor 8, it translates well to less powerful hardware and smaller screen sizes.

One major addition to the Honor 8 with EMUI 5.0 will be the addition of an app drawer in the launcher which, though it sounds like a fairly small detail, will appease many owners of the device. The Honor 8 will also benefit from EMUI 5.0’s machine learning algorithms which, according to Huawei, “dynamically optimize processing resources by analyzing the user’s behaviour over time and prioritizing frequently used apps.”

While it’s unclear whether the update will arrive at the beginning or end of February, at least now Honor 8 owners have a general sense of when they can expect it.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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