Honor Magic 3 series confirmed to receive at least two major Android updates with Google Mobile Services
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Yesterday, Honor unveiled its first flagship hardware since splitting from Huawei, its former parent company. While the Watch GS 3 and V7 Pro are noteworthy in their own right, the Magic 3, Magic 3 Pro and Magic 3 Pro Plus were the stars of the show. Arguably, the Magic 3 Pro Plus is the most exciting smartphone that Honor has announced, mainly because of its so-called IMAX camera.
According to Android Authority, the Magic 3 series will receive at least two major Android updates, rather than the one that 9to5Google initially reported. Honor CEO George Zhao was quick to correct 9to5Google; such is the apparent importance of a smooth Magic 3 series launch for the company.
The Magic 3 series will ship with Magic UI 5, Honor's custom skin of Android 11. Hence, the Magic 3, Magic 3 Pro and Magic 3 Pro Plus should all receive Android 13, presumably Magic UI 7.
Unfortunately for Honor, two OS updates puts it at a disadvantage compared with its competitors. Even LG, a company with a dreadful reputation for delivering software updates, has committed to three OS updates for its newer smartphones. Hopefully, 'at least two major Android updates' becomes three, although we would not purchase a Magic 3 series handset on that basis.