Android Nougat coming to HTC devices

Android Nougat coming to HTC devices

HTC has become the first major mobile phone manufacturer to confirm which of its existing smartphones will get the Android 7.0 Nougat update, via its Twitter page.

Update: LG V20 to be the first out-of-the-box Android Nougat phone

At the Google I/O developers conference in May, Google announced that it would let the 1.4 billion active Android device users select the name for Android N. Prior to this Android Nutella was tipped to be the favourite, but Android Nougat was the final preferred name.

HTC phones that will get Android N

In HTC’s Tweet, the company confirmed that the HTC 10, HTC One A9 and HTC One M9 will all receive the update. For now, HTC hasn’t confirmed a release date for the Android 7.0 Nougat update.

HTC 10 deals

Having said this, Google has been putting pressure on mobile phone manufacturers to release Android software updates sooner, as less than 10 percent of Android smartphones are currently running on Android Marshmallow.

HTC 10

This is in stark contrast to the achievement that Apple attained when it rolled out iOS 9. Within 24 hours, 12 percent of iPhones had the update and by February this year 77 percent of iPhones were using iOS 9.  

iOS 10 announced

These facts add weight to the premise that Android Nougat will roll to Android device owners sooner rather than later, and to more devices than ever before. 

Android 7.0 Nougat

The Android N final SDK has been released for developers to test their apps with support for new system behaviours. Because of this open nature, we already know what Android Nougat will bring to the table.

In short, the new Android operating system has been designed to save power and memory, allow users to direct reply within notifications and run apps in a new multi-window user interface.

Multi-window multitasking

  • Multi-window multitasking - Apps used with the Nougat OS can be opened side by side with a movable dividing line, enabling the enlarging and shrinking of the windows. To make this feature really useful, users will be able to drag and drop data, from one window to the other.
  • Notifications - Nougat will allow users to reply to notifications from within the notification box. This means that there is no need to be redirected to an app, such as email client, in order to respond. Similar notifications will be bundled together, with a tap showing them individually so that they can be dismissed or replied to.
  • Power and memory - Nougat will have a device wide data saver to block background data usage from apps. Doze on the Go will save power by snoozing background programs when the device is in a pocket or bag. 

Android Nougat will also integrate the Google Assistant into conversations, so that the user no longer needs to open a separate web browser or second app, when they want to find or share information, such as a restaurant review. 

Full Android Nougat review

To toggle between the last two apps used, Nougat users need only to double tap the recent button, which will prove to be a big time saver.

Written by: Michael Brown