Huawei has started to re-update smartphones 5 years ago

Buying Android smartphones is a fairly compromise step. After all, even if you buy a flagship device, the best thing that awaits you is three years of updates, which are currently offered only by Samsung and OnePlus. All the others have even shorter terms of software support. Xiaomi, for example, came up with the idea to stop releasing updates for its smartphones in the first year of its presence on the market, thus pushing users to purchase a new model. Perhaps this may encourage someone to buy an up-to-date device, but not me, and I must say that there are more and more people like me lately. It's good that Huawei understood this.

Huawei unexpectedly updated the 5-year-old Huawei Mate 8

Huawei, which recently lost its license to update its smartphones, did the impossible this week and updated the Huawei Mate 8. This is a device that was released simultaneously with the iPhone 6s, which means that this year it is already five years old.

Before, neither Huawei nor any other manufacturer has allowed themselves anything like this and have not renewed support for their smartphones after so long. Despite the fact that the update is only available in China so far, Huawei has promised that it will be released in all other countries soon. 

Huawei smart charging

Huawei adds a new smart charging mechanism to Mate 8 firmware

It is significant that the update released by Huawei is not a pass-through patch aimed at eliminating any bugs or vulnerabilities. This is quite a full-fledged update, which includes at least one new feature that is not even available to all new devices.

It turned out to be the Smart Charge mechanism, which allows you to adjust the charging speed depending on how long the smartphone has been connected to the power supply, in order to reduce the load on the battery and extend its life. If you leave the device charging overnight, it understands this and reduces the charging speed. As a result, charging takes 7-8 hours, and the battery reaches 100% exactly by the time it is disconnected from the outlet. 

Why Huawei suddenly decided to resume updating such an old smartphone is difficult to say. On the one hand, the introduction of a mechanism that reduces the load on the battery and extends its life is an actual step, especially for a smartphone that is five years old. We can assume that this way Huawei lets users know that it remembers them and helps them not to spend longer on replacing a worn-out battery.

Updating Huawei smartphones

Huawei smart charging

But, on the other hand, isn't it more logical to start implementing the same mechanism in all new smartphones, which Huawei is not doing yet, in order to save their batteries already at the initial stage of operation? In my opinion, this would be much more effective if the goal pursued by the Chinese company is really to extend the life of the built-in batteries.

The only explanation I have is Huawei's decision to completely get out of Google's custody by starting to follow its own rules in updating smartphones. After all, despite the absence of an official ban on support for smartphones three years ago and older from the search giant, no other manufacturer has so far decided to continue support after three years.

However, Huawei, which was recently finally kicked out of the pantheon of trusted vendors, can now do what it wants, and in my opinion, it could well show everyone by showing that without Google's supervision, its users have fared better. Even if it meant that it had to upgrade a device that no one had used for a long time.

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