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HTC One A9 could beat LG V20 to Android 7.0 Nougat

For the last few weeks, LG has been bragging about how the LG V20 will be the first non-Nexus smartphone to arrive with the Android 7.0 Nougat OS.

Well, its Korean rival HTC might be about to steal some of the thunder by rolling out Android 7.0 for the existing HTC One A9 handset.

As HTC Source points out, HTC had promised new versions of Android would arrive on the One A9 within 15 days of launch.

We learned yesterday the LG V20 will be announced on September 6, giving HTC almost two weeks to begin the rollout.

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Sadly that promise only applies to devices in the US, but it’ll be interesting to see whether HTC can hit its deadline, given the checkered history of Android update rollouts.

The HTC One A9, although largely derided as an iPhone clone, made waves last year as the first major release to come with Marshmallow, giving it a headstart on rival manufacturers.

Now the company may be able to upstage LG’s attempt to do the same.

Yesterday LG sent out invites to its event in Seoul on September 7, which is the 6th elsewhere due to the time difference.

Within the invite, LG used the image of a studio microphone, suggesting the V20 may have some sort of enhanced audio prowess.

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