Honor is now rolling out EMUI 5.0, based on Android Nougat, to the Honor 8 for those who signed up for its beta program. Honor teamed up with the folks at XDA Developers to recruit the beta users on November 7, and now the 60-or-so selected applicants can test an early version of the software before its official release.

EMUI 5.0 has already been seen on the Huawei Mate 9 (Huawei owns EMUI and the Honor brand) and includes a new design inspired by the colors of the Aegean Sea, tighter security and the ability to add an app drawer to the home screen – for those who prefer a more traditional Android setup.

See also:

Android 7.0 Nougat review: an Android version for Android fans (Update: what’s new in Android 7.1?)

October 21, 2016

In our Honor 8 review, we found some aspects of the software experience to be frustrating, but were pleased to learn of Honor’s commitment to delivering updates and new features every three months for the first year.

There’s no indication of when the final software might roll out to over-the-air to the Honor 8, but we’ll keep you informed.