When reports broke out that HTC would break their promise of delivering the 7.0 update to their devices by a specified timeline, owners of the Taiwanese manufactured Android phones were disappointed. The models that were supposed to be included in the roll out are the HTC 10, HTC One M9, and the HTC One A9. But it looks like there is some good news on the way after all.
It seems that one of these devices is really scheduled to receive the software update within the promised dates. This speculation comes after an HTC handset just appeared in the GFXBench database. It was listed as “INVALID Android HTC Edition”, and it bears specs that are identical to those of the HTC 10. It carries the 5.1-inch QHD display, 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory, and the Snapdragon 820 SoC. This has gotten a lot of people to make presumptions that HTC is actually testing the latest Android OS on their flagship device. Another theory is the company is going to release a new smartphone model that will carry Nougat 7.0 out of the box.
Whichever of these speculations might be true, what is important is that there is evidence that HTC is working to roll out the latest Android OS to at least one of its handsets. The company previously announced that the HTC 10 will receive the update by the last quarter of this year, but this was only for the unlocked versions. This is expected as carrier models tend to take a lot more time to get upgraded software since carriers still have to work on OS and network compatibility, and the actual rolling out of the update. That said, owners of HTC 10 carrier devices can expect to get Nougat 7.0 by early 2017 the soonest.
As for HTC One M9 owners, you should probably expect to get the update even later since the manufacturer will most likely focus first on releasing the OS upgrade in the unlocked versions. Other brands and models are also still eagerly waiting to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update.