Honor 8 And HTC 10 Are Next In Line For Android Nougat OS Updates

A pair of spiffy Android handsets are about to be upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat. One of them is the stunningly beautify and affordable Honor 8 by Huawei (check out our full review here), a phone with a 15-layer glass backside construction that captures light and creates unique looking effects. The other is the HTC 10, a flagship smartphone powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 System-on-Chip (we also have a full review of that one).

Huawei teased the Android 7.0 Nougat update a few days and today made it official. The over-the-air (OTA) update is being rolled out "sequentially," according to a translated press release. Honor 8 owners should be on the lookout for an update notification letting them know that they can upgrade to Google's latest mobile operating system. Huawei says all Honor 8 owners can expect the update to arrive within a month.

Huawei Honor 8

The update also upgrades Huawei's Emoticon UI (EMUI) to version 5.0. We have not seen the newest version in person, but in our experience with prior builds (including EMUI 4.1), various bits feel heavily borrowed from iOS. For anyone making the transition from an iPhone to the Honor 8, they'll feel right at home on the handset. However, Android purists are likely to be put off by the similarities.

Users on a tight data plan may want to make sure they're on a Wi-Fi connection when upgrading. The update checks in at nearly 2GB (1.97GB to be exact, according to Huawei).
As to the HTC 10, ROM developer and technology tipster LlabTooFeR posted to Twitter that Android 7.0 Nougat will roll out with a security patch that is scheduled to arrive within the next three weeks. In a followup tweet, he notes that the "system is much more stable and responsive comparatively to the previously released U.S. unlocked version," adding  that "it was worth waiting for."

Nougat introduces several new and tasty features to Android. Among them is a redesign to Notifications that allows for more information to be crammed into the same amount of space. Nougat is also supposed to improve battery life on Android devices, adds a Quick Reply feature, and much more.

Android users running Nougat are a lucky and exclusive bunch. At present, less than 1 percent of all Android devices have Nougat installed. The most popular version continues to be Lollipop (Android 5.0 to 5.1), which is installed on more than a third of Android devices and is two generations old.