A Look at the HTC 10’s Nougat Update, Rolling out Now!

A Look at the HTC 10’s Nougat Update, Rolling out Now!

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HTC is wishing all of its flagship users in the USA a Happy Thanksgiving, and it’s doing so by announcing the rollout of the official Android 7.0 Nougat update for the HTC 10.

Clocking in at a hefty 1.11GB in size, there is no mistake in assuming that this is a significant update for the HTC 10 which was launched with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. This update is currently rolling out to unlocked HTC 10 users in the USA. Sadly, there is no word on when this update will begin its rollout for other regions of the world, but we can guess that it won’t be too long now. Carrier locked HTC 10’s would have to wait for their update as well.

Update Info Screen

Update Info Screen

But if you can’t wait, or don’t have a HTC 10 for that matter, we received the update on our unlocked HTC 10. Take a look at some screenshots from the update:

The update that is rolling out is Android 7.0 Nougat, and not Android 7.1, in case you got too happy about it. The update contains security patches up to November 1, but the patch level for November 1 is partial only. The full security update with many more critical fixes is dated for November 5, and an additional patch was rolled out on November 6. We are disappointed that HTC did not include the absolute latest in security patches as this is a critical area where being on the cutting edge is preferable over still being vulnerable.

The Settings Menu sees the Nougat overhaul, and HTC has left things untouched for the most part.

The Nougat treatment extends onto the Notification Panel and the Quick Toggles. One thing to note, Night Mode comes “revealed” by default on HTC’s minimalistic skin. You do not need any additional apps to enable or toggle it, as you can do so out-of-the-box on the update. Heads up notification is slightly different as well.

App switching experience is improved as well. Double tapping on the recents button switches to the last used app, instead of just going back into the original one. The animation for this switch is smooth as well.

As for bugs, we found one so far in our usage. HTC’s “Weather Clock” widget breaks on the Google Now Launcher, while it works fine on the Sense launcher. The widget is iconic (albeit modern in its current avatar) and represents an “HTC” experience ever since widgets were introduced in Android, so we’re slightly bummed on this. You can use other widgets, so all is not lost.

Have you tried out the update? How do you like it so far? Let us know in the comments below!

Big thanks to Steven for the screenshots!