Just as promised Google released Android 7.0 Nougat on August 22nd, and that means smartphone owners are now wondering when they’ll get the update. HTC has been one of the best in terms of keeping users informed, and today we received word regarding when users can expect HTC Android 7.0 Nougat updates. Here are all the details, and what we know so far.
For several months now many Nexus owners have been testing and enjoying Android N, which is officially Android 7.0 Nougat. It’s loaded with a lot of new features, improved battery life, multi-window mode and more. All things HTC owners should want.
The Android N beta ended in August and is rolling out to Nexus smartphones and tablets as we speak. In previous years HTC has promised 90 day update windows, and it looks like something similar is in the works for the HTC 10 in terms of Android 7.0 Nougat. Read on for more details.
Popular smartphones from all major manufacturers will see an update to Android 7.0 Nougat in the near future. One Samsung exec mentioned when the Note 7 could see an update, and Sony detailed a few devices that are on board as well. However, they aren’t the only ones, and HTC just confirmed at least three important updates everyone needs to know about.
In a surprise move earlier this summer after some Google announcements, HTC confirmed three key HTC Android N software updates are in the pipeline. While only three phones were mentioned, we can expect more to probably get the same new software. Now that Android 7.0 Nougat is official and has been released, they’re ready to share even more details.
HTC has been hard at work on software updates, and the teaser image posted to Twitter this week should tell owners all they need to know. The first HTC Android 7.0 Nougat update will be the unlocked model of the HTC 10 sometime in Q4, likely in late November or December. Next up will be the unlocked HTC One M9 from 2015, and the popular HTC One A9. As a reminder, HTC promised updates within two weeks for the A9, but that no longer appears to be the case.
In closing, the teaser image suggests those will be followed by updates for carrier models, if all goes according to plan. Based on that, those with an HTC 10 or One M9 from carriers in the US probably won’t see Nougat until 2017, but we’ll have to wait and see. It pays off to buy unlocked, and that’s evident by this information right here.
HTC was able to release Android 6.0 Marshmallow within three months last year, but only for select regions outside the United States and unlocked models. Most US carriers ended up waiting around five months, with February and March being the actual arrival. If that’s the case, the HTC 10 and M9 from US carriers may not see it until February. That said, HTC has been getting better and better, not to mention the HTC 10 is nearly stock, so the development of Nougat should be faster than ever before.
We’ll keep an eye out for more details, and update once we know more. Either way, the first HTC Android 7.0 Nougat updates should arrive in Q4 of 2016.
What’s New in Android Nougat
Our link at the top of the page is an in-depth look at Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow vs Android 7.0 Nougat, and everything that’s new and different with comparison photos. It goes over many of the key changes, so start there.
As a quick recap, the HTC Android 7.0 update will bring improved performance, better battery life with “Doze” features, split-screen multitasking, the recent apps button works like ALT+TAB and switches between the last used apps, and much more. Google has over 50 big changes in Android N. Like faster app installs, which are also smaller, a new JIT compiler, improved graphics and performance with the Vulkan API, revamped notifications with quick reply from the pulldown bar, customizable quick setting tiles and so much more. All of that and more will complete HTC’s software upgrades.
A huge addition announced back at Google IO was “Android Instant Apps” which will enable Android to install small bits of an app (say, from a search result or web link) and allow one-time instant app usage. No installing an app and starting over. Android just adds what it needs for that moment, uses the app then removes those parts, and we’re done.
Not to mention things like a better and improved Google Now or Search using the Google Assistant with machine learning, number blocking and call screening, and more than we know under the hood or behind the scenes.
Of course most of this will come with HTC Sense UI over the top, with additions like HTC Blinkfeed and other small tweaks that each manufacturer adds. Samsung has TouchWiz, HTC uses Sense UI, and LG has their own interface over stock Android as well. Not every new feature will be implemented, others will be changed, but this looks to be one big and exciting update to the Android operating system.
HTC Android 7.0 Nougat Release Date
As of right now it’s far too early to remotely speculate a release date for the HTC Android N update. If HTC can get it done in three months like earlier years it could arrive around the first few weeks of December. That fits in with the promise and photo above too.
It doesn’t look like the HTC One A9 is getting it within 2-3 weeks, but it will still be one of the first phones to get the update. Either way, it will be an exciting couple of months as Nougat arrives, not to mention HTC is building two new Nexus smartphones for Google. Stay tuned for more details.