HTC has sealed its reputation as one of the manufacturers that was quick in upgrading its devices to Android 6.0 or Marshmallow. It even bested South Korean tech giant Samsung, which took months to deliver Android Marshmallow to its smartphones, phablets, and tablets around the world.
The question now is this: will HTC be able to repeat its good performance with Android 7.0 (aka Nougat)?
Well, only the Taiwanese manufacture can answer this question. But, if it can live up to its performance with Marshmallow, there’s a high chance that eligible HTC devices can receive Nougat before the end of 2016.
Last year, all HTC One A9 variants along with the unlocked developer edition of HTC One M9 received the Marshmallow update in December — just two months after Android 6.0 was officially made available in October. If HTC repeats this pattern, its devices will probably receive the Nougat update in October or November (December at the latest) — that is, if Google will push through with its August or September release of Android 7.0.
These are just speculations, though; we still have to wait for the release of Android Nougat and for HTC to make an official statement of when it will roll out the update to its devices. But it’s important to note that HTC has already confirmed that its HTC 10, HTC One A9, and HTC One M9 devices will receive Android Nougat. This isn’t only good news to those who own these gadgets; it also implies that either the company is already hard at work customizing Android 7.0 for its platform or they will soon start doing so.
Many tech experts are theorizing that HTC has the capability to release Android Nougat earlier than others because it manufactured this year’s Google Nexus phones, which are codenamed Marlin and Sailfish and will come pre-installed with Android 7.0. Since HTC has already gotten its hands on Nougat through the Nexus manufacturing process, it may have had the chance to speed up the update for its existing phones.