The HTC 10 is in for a new software treat in North America, now receiving a firmware update and the June security patch.
The package is rolling out to the unlocked version of the HTC 10, as carrier variants typically take longer to get new software upgrades because they have to go through additional testing.
The update hitting the unlocked HTC 10 weighs in at 304 MB, which hints from the start that it's not very substantial. No major changes or new features are in store, as the update simply aims to polish the experience some more and improve the handset's security.
Google's monthly security patches ensure that Android devices stay up to date and protected, and it's good to see HTC keeping up with the releases and upgrading its flagship in due time.
The unlocked HTC 10 will reach software version 1.80.6171 after the update and should deliver a better performance overall thanks to the stability improvements and bug fixes included in this build.
However, considering that this update is not major, if you were not having any issues with stability or bugs prior to the update, you may not feel a significant difference in how the smartphone works.
Nevertheless, HTC's commitment in delivering timely updates soon after Google releases its monthly security patches should boost the handset's appeal even further, proving that powerful hardware goes best with up-to-date software.
As a reminder, the HTC 10 flagship comes with high-end specs and features all around, competing at the premium segment of the smartphone market. The handset rocks a 5.2-inch LCD 5 display with a QHD resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, while a Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with 4 GB of RAM will provide the horsepower to handle even the most demanding tasks.
The HTC 10 further packs either 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage, microSD card support for up to a whopping 2 TB of extra storage, a 12-megapixel main camera, a 5-megapixel selfie cam with optical image stabilization (OIS), and BoomSound speakers with Dolby Audio for superior sound.
Other highlights include a USB Type-C port, a fingerprint sensor for extra security, and a 3,000 mAh battery to keep things up and running. In terms of software, the HTC 10 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with HTC Sense 8 on top, but will receive an upgrade to Android N later this year.
The latest firmware with the June security patch should reach all unlocked HTC 10 units in North America within a few days, if it hasn't already. It's worth pointing out, however, that HTC doesn't detail the patch level in the phone's About section.