Months ago, Honor declared that Honor 8 would not get Android Oreo due to “hardware limitations”. But after realizing how much fans and users were left disappointed by this declaration, the company seems to have changed the idea. A new Honor 8 firmware has just leaked on XDA Developers and it is based on Android Oreo. This means that the company may be testing the latest version of the operating system in order to roll out the final update soon. The Android Oreo firmware is customized with the EMUI 8.0 just like every Huawei and Honor handset running Oreo.
A piece of code contains a reference to Project Treble and this reveals that the phone may indeed support Google’s Project Treble once it will be updated to Android Oreo. In case you don’t know, thanks to Project Treble the operating system gets divided into two frameworks: one contains the core operating system and another includes all the company’s customization. Thanks to this division, it will be easier for Huawei to release fast and constant updates. But there is also to say that Honor devices do not get a great long-term support, so we do not know how much Project Treble will be useful after Honor 8 will be updated to Android Oreo.
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Note that the leaked firmware is a testing version of the Chinese firmware of Android Oreo, and all the above-described features do not regard the global version, at least for now. At the moment, we do not have any info about an eventual roll out date of the global Android Oreo update. But at this point, the chances to see the latest Android version on the Honor 8 in the global market are pretty high. Honor 8 was released in mid-2016 with Android Marshmallow out of the box and it was updated to Nougat in early 2017.