Huawei has announced that the Honor 8 is finally getting its Android 7.0 Nougat update, and it’s bringing the new UI with it. It is been completely changed from the previous skin, along with a more stock appearance, an app drawer, and also tons of improvements. Meanwhile, the new Honor 6X is not getting the most recent version of Android until Q2 of this year. We were slightly disappointed when the Honor 6X launched in January without Nougat, but making us wait longer is kind of way more disappointing?
As promised earlier this year, Honor is currently preparing to push Android 7.0 Nougat with Huawei’s new and vastly improved EMUI 5.0 skin. As usual, Nougat brings improved standby battery life, split-screen multitasking, and dozens of little tweaks here or there that enhance the overall experience. The big story is here, though, is EMUI 5.0. The new software layer cleans up the look of just about every major aspect of the device, including the settings menu, notification shade, and many of the various apps. Is it perfect? I would not say so, but after using it on the Mate 9 for a few months, I can honestly say I really enjoy it, and it makes every older Huawei smartphone and much better device. Oh, and there is an app drawer now too.
Honor made its US debut with the Honor 5X, and as far as we can tell, that phone is not getting Android N anytime in the very near future. We have reached out for a more precise timeline. Still, Honor has pledged to maintain at least a 24-month software update cycle for devices released from 2016 on, including the Honor 5X.
Apparently the refreshed design was also inspired by the ‘Aegean Sea landscape.’ So there you’ve it: Americans love the Aegean Sea vibe.