Android Nougat is here, and HTC has revealed its schedule for rolling out the new OS to the HTC 10. The Taiwanese company revealed that it will roll out the new OS to its devices in the fourth quarter of 2016. HTC received the final version of the OS from Google recently.
HTC will first bring Android Nougat to the unlocked HTC 10 and then soon after the HTC One A9 and the HTC One M9 will receive the upgrade. The key thing to note here is that the upgrade will hit the unlocked devices first. Carrier models often receive updates later as the carriers’ first test and approve software updates.
When HTC launched the One A9, it claimed that any new Android update would roll out to the flagship devices within 15 days. But according to this information, HTC will roll out the Android Nougat a long time after the roll out of Android 7.0, which Google finalized earlier this week. It is not clear why HTC is going back on its promise.
However, HTC has a 90-day guarantee on its flagship devices. The guarantee makes the company liable to roll out updates to flagship devices within 90 days of roll out. In this case, HTC will roll out the update to HTC 10 within the guaranteed time frame. But the carrier models may get the update outside the time frame.
Meanwhile, the LG V20, to launch on September 6 at IFA 2016, will be the first phone to feature Android Nougat out of the box. The new OS brings some improvements including Google Assistant, Data Saver, and enhanced control over notifications, improved multi-tasking capabilities, and much more.
Note that HTC did not reveal a specific date for the updates; “Q4” is anywhere between October and December. We can only wait for more confirmation from the company if there will be any.