We reported in late January that Huawei had begun the global rollout of the Nougat update for the Honor 8, but it had turned out to be a false alarm back then for markets other than Japan. Fret not, as Huawei isn’t making us wait any longer and has started pushing out Nougat to the device globally today. It’s not rolling out in India yet, but it is believed the rollout will be complete by the end of February, which would be rather quick given how very few manufacturers have released the latest version of Android for their devices.
Honor 8 Android 7.0 (Nougat) Update: New Features
The Android 7.0 update will bring new features as is expected of any major Android update, including the newest version of Huawei’s EMUI skin – version 5.0. The interface is closer to stock Android with Android 7.0, and a few of the features include multi window multitasking functionality, an “eye comfort” mode (basically a blue light filter), the option to enable an app drawer on the home screen launcher, and customisable notifications and status bar. The update also enhances security, and disables apps from collecting location data once they have been closed, which should also enhance battery life.
The update will be rolling out in stages, and we will be sure to update this post once it hits Indian units of the Honor 8. If you aren’t willing to wait, you can go into the Settings » System update menu on your phone and manually check if the update is available. Keep in mind that being on a Wi-Fi network will improve your chances of getting the update when it becomes available and will also let you save your precious cellular data.