Hot on the heels of the Honor 8 launching here in the US, there's been a lot of talk about whether the device will see Android 7.0 Nougat or anything past that. Seeing as most smartphones coming out of China typically don't get any updates, or very few, after they are announced. That's something that many companies have needed to work on, especially if they want to make it in the western markets like the US. Honor did note that the Honor 8 would be seeing Android 7.0 Nougat, but didn't give us an ETA on when. Additionally, they did say that security updates would be coming to the Honor 8.
Now, Honor's product manager, Taylor Wimberly, has gone onto his Google+ page to explain how updates are going to work with the Honor 8 and other Honor smartphones. "From this year we are making a commitment to provide customers with access to new features (at least once every three months during the first 12 months) for up to 24 months following the product launch." He goes on to note that these include new features, as well as security and software updates. After the 24 months are up, they will continue to push out updates to fix security threats, to keep their users safe. Now where Wimberly states that the Honor 8 and other Honor devices will see updates at least once every three months through the first year, that seems like after that, the OTA's will begin to slow down a bit. Which is expected, but at least the device will still be supported, which is always a good thing.
Honor has had a pretty incredible year here in the US, after having an incredible couple of years since launching in 2014. The company had sold 20 million smartphones in 2014, 40 million in 2015 and it looks like they will definitely surpass that in 2016. With both the Honor 5X and Honor 8 poised to do very well here in the United States. Honor is technically part of Huawei, but they are two distinct companies and brands now. So when Honor says they've sold 20 million smartphones, that does not include what Huawei has sold. The Honor 8, which is their latest smartphone, launched this week and is available right now on Amazon for just $399 for the 32GB and $449 for the 64GB model.