Rogers recently updated its "OS Upgrade Schedule" list to reveal incoming platform upgrades on most of its supported mobile and tablet devices.
The list features some popular brands such as BlackBerry, Huawei, Samsung, LG, Sony and HTC, inadvertently catching the attention of the internet community. While most of the models in the list will be upgraded to Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 (the adoption of which, for the record, has been rather slow), one specific item is set apart from the others: the HTC Nexus 9.
In the Canadian mobile carrier's list, the HTC Nexus 9 reflects its current OS version (6.0.1) while the details of its upgrade schedule specify that Android Nougat (misspelled as "Nouget") and Security Updates are coming soon to the device. This is relatively big news, in case you were wondering, since that is the name Google nicknamed its upcoming Android 7.0 OS with and it's not due for a release until later this fall.
Continuing with its long tradition of code-naming Android's alphabetical releases after a sweet treat, Google recently revealed that its upcoming Android 7.0 will be referred to as "Nougat." Android N will reportedly carry additional support for virtual reality applications by integrating a dedicated VR mode to its system.
This added feature echoes the company's related topics back in its I/O developer conference last May where most of its talks seemingly focused on VR technology. Google does mean serious business when it comes to the tech and is wasting no time in making its VR plans a reality.
In addition to VR mode, Android N will also update the current Doze app, a feature that greatly improves battery life, with a purported Doze on the Go function that activates whenever users are, well, on the go. A revamped notification panel, side-by-side app support and improved performance in handling apps are some of the other reported features that Nougat will carry.
As such, Rogers' update on its list implies that consumers on the HTC Nexus 9 will be one of the first Android users to experience Nougat's features. This is hardly surprising, to say the least, since Google, maker of Android, does own the Nexus brand. Reports have been led to conclude as well that, based on the listing, Nexus phones, tablets and related devices will be the early adopters of Android N.
If you wish to become one of the chosen few who will get to try out the technology first, Google is running a Nexus 6P promo currently for $150 off, packaged with the company's international mobile data service, Project Fi. Project Fi was recently updated to provide 10 to 20 times faster speeds for its subscribers with rates on a monthly data used service.