Android skins from Chinese OEMs have always been pretty bad, and Huawei has always been one of the worst contenders. Despite releasing awesome hardware, it’s always been hard to recommend the company’s devices due to the software. With the release of Nougat, though, things are improving, and now we know when Honor 8 users can expect that update.

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Honor has confirmed to multiple outlets, ourselves included, that it will begin pushing 7.0 to the Honor 8 starting in February of 2017. The update will bring along standard Android Nougat features such as split-screen multi-tasking and quick reply, but it also brings a huge overhaul to Huawei’s EMUI skin.

With EMUI 5.0, Huawei trades UI elements that mimicked iOS for those which feel like Android, as we detailed in our review of the Mate 9. Honor’s full changelog follows:

  • Ability to run different profiles in parallel – switch effortlessly between their professional and personal lives.
  • Machine learning enables EMUI 5.0 to dynamically optimize processing resources by analyzing the user’s behaviour over time and prioritizing frequently used apps.
  • EMUI 5.0 comes with improved capabilities and flexibility around security. For example, the user can ensure specific apps stay ultra-secure with such features as App Lock.
  • EMUI 5.0 also features a more intelligent power management system, with a selection of power saving modes so you can manage your device’s battery consumption more easily

Unfortunately, Honor has not confirmed a specific date for when the update will roll out. However, once it does, it’ll certainly help change our view of the Honor 8

Update: Just slightly more specific, Huawei is now telling us “late February” for the EMUI 5.0 update.

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