HTC began rolling out Android Nougat to U.S. HTC 10 devices last week.
And while Canadian users will have to wait at least another week or two to get their hands the software update, they can get a look at what Android 7.0 looks like on their smartphone thanks to HTC’s Elevate fan community.
“Globally (all markets), we’ll be updating HTC 10, HTC One M9, and HTC One A9 to Nougat. HTC 10 has already started rolling out the update to the US unlocked SKU, while carrier-specific versions and other markets will roll out through the remainder of 2016 and into 2017. M9 and A9 are following soon, too,” said HTC in a statement to MobileSyrup.
Elevate’s Aaron Baker posted a video to the community’s YouTube channel. In it, Baker highlights some of the new Nougat-flavoured additions coming to HTC’s Sense skin. He doesn’t go into excessive detail during the three-and-half-minute long video, but the overview is just long enough to see that HTC has kept the look and feel of the 10’s software close to stock Android. For the most part, if you’ve seen or used Nougat in the past, then HTC’s take should be familiar territory.
Check out the video below:
Of course, the question most Canadian HTC users are curious about is when Android Nougat will roll out to their device.
In the video, Baker says the update is scheduled to come out to unlocked HTC 10 devices around the world “very soon.” He then adds, “carrier devices will be updated in due order.” Neither of those statements is specific, unfortunately, and the carrier websites aren’t any more helpful. Bell, the one carrier that did carry the 10 in Canada, does not maintain an extensive software update schedule page like Telus and Rogers.
For what it’s worth, Telus does note the HTC One M9 is set to get 7.0 “soon.” Based on a tweet HTC sent out earlier in the year, devices older than the One M9 and A9 won’t get updated to Nougat.