The HTC One A9 smartphone will be receiving Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update this month, said HTC VP of Product Management, Mo Versi. It is worth noting that Google on Monday released Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow factory images for the Nexus range.
Versi on Monday took to Twitter to announce that not only will the One A9 receive Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow this month, but that the flagship One M9 (unlocked US version) will receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update as well. "Lots of questions on this, so quick update: M9 unlocked Marshmallow OS update and A9 6.0.1 (with updated emoji) is on target for this month," he posted. The One M9 will receive Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow "in the near future," he further tweeted.
The announcement appears set to fulfil the promise made by HTC America President, Jason Mackenzie, at the time of the HTC One A9's launch. When launched in October, Mackenzie promised that the unlocked HTC One A9 would receive every Android update within 15 days of the Nexus range. It is worth noting that HTC One A9 was launched running Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box. It was launched in India on Tuesday.
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow brings support for the new set of emojis, as promised last week, and can be used on Google's Keyboard app that ships with the Nexus devices. It specifically adds new emoji characters with full support for Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 emojis. The previously available emojis have also received visible tweaks in terms. The update also brings with it the December Security Update for Android devices alongside minor tweaks such as adding revamped navigation buttons for tablets.