HTC’s new One A9 smartphone will get the latest versions of Android within 15 days of the software’s release for Google’s own Nexus devices.
That’s the word from HTC’s US chief Jason Mackenzie, who made the claim during the device’s unveiling in New York last night.
The move is a welcome change after years of HTC smartphones failing to receive the latest software, prompting criticism from owners that the Taiwanese company was treating its customers badly by not supporting older handsets.
The HTC One A9 comes with Android Marshmallow out of the box and is the first non–Nexus device to come preloaded with the freshly baked software.
HTC's Sense user interface is now a lot less proprietary and less encumbered by customisations, which should make rolling out updates much easier.
There are caveats, however. Mackenzie did not say whether this was a global plan and there was no word on how networks would be compelled to fall in line and help get HTC devices up to date.
The One A9 is due to go on sale in November. It features a 5–inch screen, sharp all–metal design, a 13 megapixel camera round the back and HTC’s own Ultra Pixel snapper up front for selfies. Fingerprint security is also included.
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