HTC has promised that it will be delivering Android Nougat upgrades for the One M9, One A9, and HTC 10. Its confirmation comes just hours after Google revealed the official name of its next Android upgrade.
Given the age of these HTC handsets, it’s probably no surprise that they’re first on the list for Nougat upgrades. It would be crazy for HTC to ignore them so soon after they launched, but it’s always nice for users to get that confirmation.
The only problem is, HTC hasn’t actually revealed when those Nougat updates will be available yet. The update makes its public debut this fall, but it will likely remain exclusive to Google’s own Nexus devices for at least a few weeks.
You can then expect to see Nougat making its way to third-party Androids that use near-pure software — like the Moto lineup now owned by Lenovo — before reaching handsets that use heavy skins, like those from Samsung, LG, and yes, HTC.
With that being said, it’s probably best not to expect a Nougat upgrade for your HTC handset until late 2016 or early 2017 at the earliest.
It should also be noted that these almost certainly won’t be the only HTC handsets to get Nougat. They will be the first in line, but there are other devices in HTC’s lineup that are still plenty young enough to get big Android upgrades like this one.
We can expect to hear more from HTC regarding its Nougat plans in the coming months.