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HTC One A9 15-day update pledge ditched before the first upgrade

HTC will begin updating its flagship phones to Android Nougat in Q4, but this means that the One A9's 15-day update promise will be missed.

Published onAugust 25, 2016

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Back in July, HTC confirmed that Android Nougat will be coming to its HTC10, One M9, and One A9 smartphones. Now that Nougat is here, the company has given us a rough idea about when these updates will be arriving. Unfortunately, HTC is going to miss its self-imposed 15-day deadline for updating its One A9.

Originally, HTClaunched the One A9 with the promise that it would receive key Android upgrades within 15 days of every Nexus update. Well the Android 7.0 Nougat factory images and OTA updates for Nexus devices started rolling out on August 23rd, which would give HTCuntil September 6th to begin pushing out its own update for the One A9. Sadly, the company inadvertently confessed that this isn’t going to happen while tweeting its update plans.

We’re excited to receive final shipping Android 7.0 Nougat software from Google!
— HTC(@htc) 24 August 2016

HTC states that the unlocked One A9 will be receiving its Nougat update after the unlocked HTC10 and the older One M9. Given that the HTC10 won’t be receiving its update until Q4, which begins in October, the One A9 is guaranteed to miss its 15 day deadline, which would be by September 6th. Faster Android updates were a major selling point for the One A9, so this is going to disappoint a fair number of HTCcustomers.

Missing update targets is nothing new for HTCthough, the company encountered set backs while pushing out Marshmallow and Lollipop updates to some devices. Although to HTC’s credit, the company has been better than most at communicating its upgrade schedule and updating its extended product portfolio.

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There’s likely to be some technical reason why HTCis going to miss its target, but the company really shouldn’t be making promises that it can’t keep. On the plus side, the HTC 10 should receive its upgrade to Android Nougat before the year is out.

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