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New update to the Honor Play may leave owners livid amidst clamor for EMUI 10

The Honor Play. (Source: Adam Patrick Murray, PCWorld)
The Honor Play. (Source: Adam Patrick Murray, PCWorld)
Owners of the Honor Play are campaigning for their much-deserved EMUI 10 update. The Honor Play was ignored on all of Huawei's roadmaps so far even though its powered by the same Kirin 970 on flagships like the Mate 10 Pro and P20 Pro—both of which will receive Android 10. A new update has now hit the Honor Play but is unlikely to do anything but piss owners off even more.
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Huawei has rolled out the Android 10-based EMUI 10 update to most of its Kirin 980-powered smartphones. The company is set to continue the rollout with its last-gen premium phones after the Honor 10 and Honor View 10 received the EMUI 10 update in certain regions last week. Sadly, the Honor Play isn't listed to get that update.

Instead, Huawei has sent out an unwelcome update to the Honor Play. Owners of the Honor Play are confirming receipt of the January security patch. A security update isn't a bad thing, per se, but the fact that their phones are receiving that instead of EMUI 10 is sure to leave owners of the Honor Play furious.

Honor Play owners have a point, too. The phone was released in late 2018 as Honor's competition for the Poco F1. It featured the Kirin 970, the same SoC on flagship phones like the Mate 10 Pro, P20 Pro, Honor 10, and Honor View 10—all of which will receive EMUI 10. Why, then, is the Honor Play being ignored?

Owners of the Honor Play have taken to Change.org to petition Huawei for what they believe to be their right—Android 10. You can have a look at the petition here, and sign it if you so feel inclined. The petition already has almost 6,000 signatures. While Change.org petitions rarely bring about results in sectors, tech companies do appear to take them into consideration. PR is important in this business, after all.

This isn't the first time something of the sort has happened, either. Two years ago, Huawei attempted to ditch the Honor 8 when Android Oreo came around. We fought, we campaigned, and the Honor 8 ended up getting the update in a number of regions. Here's hoping for a repeat with the Honor Play.

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Ricci Rox
Ricci Rox - Senior Tech Writer - 1889 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
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Ricci Rox, 2020-02-10 (Update: 2020-02-10)