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.
The Honor Magic 3 series has been confirmed to get at least two significant Android upgrades through Google Mobile Services. Honor and Huawei have split up, allowing the former to put Google Mobile Services (GMS) on its current flagship devices. The Magic 3, Magic 3 Pro, and Magic 3 Pro Plus will all receive at least two Android OS upgrades, according to the company.
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.