Update [October 25, 2016]: Verizon has release a new update too this month for its HTC 10, which comes as software version 1.85.605.8. The update’s only aim is to get you latest monthly security patch for Android devices by Google, and nothing else. So, not really an update to drool over, but we hope this is the last 6.0.1 update before the Android 7.0 Nougat build is dropped by HTC. After all, we now have the Moto G4 Nougat (Moto Z Droid) under testing already, so it’s certainly not too much to expect the likes of HTC to start rolling out the Nougat update for 10, One M9 and One A9 very, very soon.
Update [October 20, 2016]: The HTC 10 in Europe is receiving a new update to software version 1.95.401.4, and sized 61.4 MB. The changelog makes only mention of ‘system enhancement’, which we think is the October patch by Google for Android devices.
Update [October 18, 2016]: HTC 10 sets in Taiwan are receiving a 456.99 MB sized update to version 1.96.709.5, and it’s got some changelog. You’re getting VoLTE and WiFi Calling support with the update, along with the latest security patch, which we presume belong to either of October or September of monthly patches released by Google. Read below for the T-Mobile 10 update that also released today. Also, read here about Android 7.1 and 7.0.
T-Mobile HTC 10: Hmm okay, there is even a newer build than 1.81.531.10 — released only about a week ago — available for the HTC 10 at T-Mobile, the software version being 1.81.531.20. And its changelog is pretty small, as all T-Mobile mentions is ‘Android security update by Google’, which is basically your lot of monthly security patch, and this should be October one.
Update [October 14, 2016]: T-Mobile is rolling out a new update identified as 1.81.531.10. While T-Mobile is yet to announce it, even though it has started distributing it already as an OTA, HTC has provided the changelog along with the firmware of build the 1.81.531.10, which says says the update brings the September security patch.
Update [October 07, 2016]: Okay, here is some really interesting bit of info that we think all HTC 10 users who, like us, are a little bit hyped up about the Nougat update, ought to know. Well known HTC software related news leaker, LlabTooFer, has revealed that there will indeed be an Android 7.0 update for HTC 10 as next (major upgrade), and not the direct jump to Android 7.1 from 6.0.1 (current OS). Well, that was kind of expected, but with Google going in for the 7.1 developer preview even for the Nexus devices like 6P and 5X, it was presumed by us that 7.1 update won’t come that quickly to non-Pixel devices, and that Google’s own Pixel sets will be 7.1-exclusive for quite long time. He also revealed earlier that it’s possible that after the October patch security update release, the next one to follow will be the Nougat update itself, possibly carrying November patch.
Update [October 06, 2016]: We’re receiving confirmation from many users that Sprint is now rolling out a new OTA update that comes as software version 1.80.651.10. Based on Android 6.0.1, it’s a security patch carrier update, and there is nothing else part if the deal here. But do read the below about the Android 7.0 Nougat update news, that it’s entered testing and could thus come soon to the HTC 10 near you.
Update [October 05, 2016]: We recently told you about the Android 7.0 update being under testing at Samsung for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, which was confirmed by Sammobile a day later. Today, we believe the Android 7.0 Nougat testing is currently undergoing for the HTC 10, as we just spotted it running 7.0 on a benchmark site, GFXbench.
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See the image above? Left part is the unknown device running Android 7.0, and right part is the specs configuration for HTC 10. You’ll notice that except for the OS version, everything else matches up all fine. So, yes, HTC 10 running Nougat is being tested as HTC quarters, and we fully believe the HTC 10 Nougat release is very close now — which it should be, as HTC has promised to update all 10 sets around the world, including at US carriers, to 7.0 before the end of this year, along with the One M9 and One A9.
Update [September 29, 2016]: We’re hearing from T-Mobile that the update is under development at the HTC, who should soon provide it to T-Mobile for testing. Although no release dates are given yet, but it’s good to hear the carrier acknowledge it and provide us current scenario/stage of the update. Right?
Update [September 26, 2016]: HTC 10 is receiving a new update in US (see the screenshot below), and it weighs in at 487.74 MB, with software version being 1.96.617.2. The changelog mentions the September patch level, but nothing else, which is surprising given the update size. Anyway, we will let you know more when we discover more. Do let us know if you get the update and notice more on this.
[September 20, 2016]: HTC has begun roll out of software update version 1.95.401.3 for the Europe. The update brings in Pokeman Go optimizations, as well as August security patch along with system enhancements for users. It’s based on Android 6.0.1 and is sized 526 MB though, which is kinda big for what update mentions in its changelog.
Telus recently updated its software update announcement page to give us a date when we can watch out for the Android N update to come out for the Nexus devices. Which basically means the Android Nougat release date, and it’s August 22. That’s this Monday, and we’re hopeful devices like HTC 10, which see minimal of custom skin in use, get the update within 30 days of August 22. Fingers crossed! It would quite a feat achieved for HTC if it’s able to update the 10 by September end, really!
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Goes without saying that, as expected, HTC 10 will be the first HTC device to trot out Nougat update, and that it would be followed by One A9, before One M9 claims its own 7.0 update.
That HTC 10 would receive the Android Nougat update is super-obvious thing, but the announcement did tell us that it will first of all arrive on the 10, followed by the One A9 and M9.
That also helps us in determining to a fair extent when other devices in a particular series lineup could be bestowed with the update. For example, once M9 and A9 get their update, the Desire series sets like Desire 825, Desire 630, Desire 628, etc. and also other popular HTC devices like One S9, etc. would receive Nougat update.
Moreover, once a Nougat build surfaces for any HTC 10 around the world, its variant like HTC 10 Lifestyle can be expected to receive the Nougat treatment soon enough too. Likewise, one M9 Nougat update it out, its variants like M9 Prime, M9S, M9+, etc. should be next in line to get Android Nougat update.
HTC sets like One E9, Desire 626S, One X9, Butterfly 3, One ME, etc. should be receiving the update too pretty soon thereafter, like 2-3 months later than HTC 10’s Nougat release, or around the same time as One M9 Nougat update.
But when? When could you expect the HTC 10 Android Nougat update to arrive? Let’s try to answer this question, especially because in US, we have got carriers involved, who can and make or break the whole update timing.
Update (August 25th, 2016): HTC just confirmed Android Nougat update release date to be Q4 of 2016 for HTC 10, HTC One M9 and HTC One A9. This includes both the unlocked and carrier versions of the these devices.
International HTC 10 Nougat update
Expected release date:
September-October November 2016.
Knowing HTC 10 and its software, we’re hopeful of a September 2016 release of Android Nougat for the device. Why, you ask?
Well, because HTC has slimmed down its custom skin on HTC 10 to bare minimum, which should allow it to take the Nougat update’s code from Google and work it out for the HTC 10 pretty easily, and more importantly quickly, taking much less time than ever before.
Look no further than Motorola as an example. The company’s latest device in all series (Moto X, Moto G, Moto E, etc.) were rocking Marshmallow way earlier than similar ranged phones from the likes of HTC, Samsung, LG, etc. Even the second last gen of Moto X received Marshmallow before latest gen of HTC and Samsung flagships — which tells a lot about custom skins and their ability to slow the hell down of update’s release.
Yes, September 2016 release is pretty ambitious, and is very quick by HTC standards — it has never released the latest Android OS update that quicker, which is almost within 30 days of the update hitting on latest Nexus devices. BTW, we expect Nougat update to release this month, and current Nexus devices like Nexus 5X, 6P, etc. will be the first ones to receive OTA.
The international version of HTC 10 is expected to get the Nougat update before its US variants join the scene. That happens because for the global unlocked variant, the OEM is in full control as regards software update, while in US, carriers make their own testing, and their approval takes time.
AT&T HTC 10 Nougat update
Expected release date: November 2016.
There doesn’t exists an AT&T variant of HTC 10 — you have to buy the 10 unlocked and slip in an AT&T SIM to use it on the second largest carrier in US — but AT&T still affects the updates on HTC 10 sets used with its SIM.
Yes. However strange this may look to you, but it’s the truth.
Actually, AT&T decides the update rollout for devices using its SIM. So, even when an update has been approved and being rolled out for an unlocked 10 by HTC, the carrier still controls the update’s distribution for AT&T SIM-equipped 10s (same goes for any other device too, for that matter).
Knowing AT&T, and its sluggish response to updates rollout, we have to add another few months to the same update for HTC 10 sets being used on AT&T, even though these are technically same as global ones.
Sprint HTC 10 Nougat update
Expected release date: October 2016.
Sprint is not that bad when it comes to updates. The carrier’s HTC 10 will lag behind the global variant, of course, but it should be among the first ones in US to roll out Nougat update.
Adding some 30-40 days to international rollout would suffice, and thus, we think the October 2016 release date for Sprint 10 Nougat update is a very realistic guess.
Sprint has rolled out an update recently for its 10, with the software version 1.80.651.1, sized around 481 MB, running Android 6.0.1. We also have the firmware RUU of the said update, which allows you to update your Sprint 10 manually, and can also be used to restore the device back to factory state in case anything software goes wrong. Find the latest updates on the Sprint’s official page here.
A new update is available from Sprint from August 31 onwards, carrying the software version 1.80.651.6. The update brings in ‘Android security patches’ and well, nothing else. This is monthly security update we all have to expect and move forward with. No announcement of Android Nougat yet from Sprint, so no official release date either. Firmware is now available.
T-Mobile HTC 10 Nougat update
Expected release date: October 2016.
T-Mobile cares about updates. And thus its 10 should be receiving the Nougat update within 30 days of the global rollout. So, October 2016 looks very likely.
Update (July 1, 2016): Exactly like a good carrier should do, the T-Mobile in USA has gone ahead and made it public the first devices at their store that are likely to bag Android Nougat update before all others. Of course these are flagship devices mostly, of this year and last, so your HTC 10 definitely made it to the list. We even grabbed a screenie for your eye-feasting.
T-Mobile is rolling out a new update for its HTC 10, and while it’s not Nougat, it’s said to be having some positive effect on battery life of the device. The software version is 1.81.531.4. The changelog isn’t available at the moment for the update, but we’ll back with it soon to get you what and what has changed with the latest update.
Verizon HTC 10 Nougat update
Expected release date: September-October 2016.
Verizon has been slow with updates for more than last few years, but the carrier improved a lot for Marshmallow’s release. Hence, we can hopeful about the whole Verizon-update-situation this time around, and can expect the Android Nougat to drop for Verizon HTC 10 within maximum of 60 days since its rollout on global variant.
And it’s possible too that Verizon’s 10 gets the update in some 30-40 days since the release on European HTC 10. If you are on Verizon, you definitely need to keep fingers crossed. We can look at how soon the carrier releases the update for devices like Galaxy S7 and Note 7 as further idea on how cool Verizon is playing with Nougat update.
The last update to hit Verizon HTC 10 was 1.19.605.22, and it brought improvements to camera performance and Wi-Fi connectivity. You can follow all updates to Verizon HTC 10 on its official page here.
Update (August 26, 2016): There is a new update available for Verizon HTC 10 users, and it comes as build 1.82.605.6. The update is a as pure a security patch as you would see, as you don’t get anything else from it. Firmware should be available soon.
Canadian HTC 10 Nougat update
Expected release date: October-November 2016.
HTC is selling the 10 unlocked in Canada, which means it controls the updates directly. But even then, because of some extra testing for the compatibility with all Canadian carriers, the OEM will need time even after rolling out the Nougat update on global HTC 10 sets, which are technically same as Canadian sets.
Thus, we should definitely add one or two months as an extra for Canadian HTC 10 sets, from the release date for European and Asian variants, which brings us to October-November release.
You let us what do you think will be expected release date for the HTC 10 in European and Asian markets, and how much delay you think will US Carriers cause? Let’s hear it.