Just in time for Thanksgiving, HTC has shared some fortunate news for owners of unlocked HTC 10 handsets.
Android Nougat Update For HTC 10
The company has confirmed via Twitter on Thursday that starting Friday, Nov. 25, users who have the unlocked HTC 10 may update their phone to Android 7.0 Nougat.
— HTC USA (@HTCUSA) November 24, 2016
The confirmation sees that HTC has delivered on its word issued back in August, where it promised to push out a Nougat update to the HTC 10 and later, to the One M9 and One A9. Just a few days ago, an HTC 10 running Android Nougat was spotted, with December as the expected date of its arrival. Turns out HTC is pushing it earlier than purported, at least for those who have the unlocked version of the device.
What About The One M9 And One A9?
The One M9 and the One A9 are still unfortunately stuck with running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but that could change soon, as previously mentioned. After HTC rolls out the Nougat update for HTC 10 units, the One M9 and One A9 will likely receive their own Nougat builds shortly, though HTC hasn't given any word about specific release dates.
The struggling phonemaker is joining the very few companies who have already rolled out Nougat updates to some of its smartphones, a few examples being the Moto Z, Moto Z Force and the Sprint LG G5 now running Nougat. The tally of companies who have managed to deliver Nougat to their smartphones remains abysmal up to this point, with some still working on individual builds of Google's latest software.
Samsung at least is well into the Nougat trajectory, with the company currently working on the build for some its flagships. This November it opened up the Beta Program for select Galaxy S7 and S7 edge users, which suggests that the OS is coming soon.
HTC 10 Specs
The HTC 10 was first released in May this year, rocking a 5.2-inch Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display with a 1,440 x 2,560 resolution. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820-powered smartphone comes with 4 GB of RAM with either 32 or 64 GB of internal storage. The back houses a 12-megapixel shooter than can record 4K video, while a 5-megapixel shooter sits on the front.
The device is currently up for a Black Friday sale on HTC's own site, with $200 slashed off its original price, valid until Tuesday, Nov. 29.