Those looking for a new HTC phone this holiday season were no doubt pleased with the One A9 the Taiwanese OEM released a few months back. Slim, smart, and stylish, the phone has seemingly ushered in a new design language for the company. It’s design language that a certain Cupertin0-company is supposedly copying from HTC, to boot. Along with the new design came a promise to update the new hardware within 15 days of Google’s own Nexus hardware.
Unfortunately this promise is specifically limited to the unlocked variant sold in America, and thus those using anything and everything but said specific smartphone has had to play the waiting game. Indeed two updates have already been pushed out so far for the international 2GB RAM/16GB storage model, including new display options. HTC’s own Mo Versi had previously teased the update via Twitter some days ago:
Happy Holidays! Updates to the Unlocked A9 6.0.1 and Unlocked M9 6.0 will be able to be downloaded within next 24 hours! Enjoy :-)
— Mo Versi (@moversi) December 23, 2015
According to various sources, the update is now rolling out now. It should be noted that as the HTC One A9 already shipped with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the update to 6.0.1 is far less dramatic than that for the One M9. The minor point update is mainly designed to fix bugs related to Android’s time keeping functionality, as well as add new emoji.
Regardless of what is contained, the fact that the international One A9 can now be updated the the latest and greatest build of Google’s mobile OS is worth rejoicing over. Many, many devices from OEMs around the world are still shipping with Lollipop, including new ones. It also offers optimism for the future potential of the newly announced One X9.
Please note that if the update is not pushed to your phone, it can be manually triggered by heading to Settings, About Device, and then System Updates. Note that even this process is not entirely perfect and it may ultimately take some days or weeks before your specific unit is eligible to receive the update.
Are you using an international unlocked One A9? Has the update hit your device already? Please feel free to leave a comment below and let everyone know!