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HTC A9 'Aero' expected to launch with Android 6.0 Marshmallow

HTC is preparing to launch a new flagship smartphone later this year, which is expected to be the HTC A9 (codenamed "Aero"). We previously looked at some leaked images of this unannounced handset, but a new tweet from LlabTooFeR has revealed that Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be along for the ride.

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While this isn't official confirmation from HTC, LlabTooFeR has a good track record when it comes to software leaks, and it would make perfect sense for the company's next flagship to run the latest version of Android. We should hopefully learn more as we draw closer to the end of 2015.

Source: Twitter (LlabTooFeR)

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  • Is this phone the one announced last month called the O2? Posted via the Android Central App
  • No Check out the new Nexus! https://youtu.be/u3uFOavLo_w, not a Rick roll
  • Ban this spammer already we don't want to watch your youtube videos
  • Did you watch it before you call him a spammer? Do you know it's a funny video and he's a regular commenter? That his signature, get over it.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I just assume he leaves that in his sig to try to get people to click and subscribe to his youtube channel. I don't make a habit of clicking links in random comments.
  • So? If you don't want or need to see his videos, don't. It's thaaaaat simple. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Meh, it is time to retire the sig... But yeah it isn't spam. Check out the new Nexus! https://youtu.be/u3uFOavLo_w, not a Rick roll
  • You're new Posted From my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface pro 3
  • Wanna know how I know you don't know? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Because no one knows? The aero/o2/hero phone has yet to be named. I have also heard the m9+, prime and all kinds of crap. No one knows until the announcement but we do know the code name which is aero. +++ Insert witty signature, watch as others not get it, profit +++
  • That was for the spammer dude. Posted via the Android Central App
  • With M so close to release, I am hesitant to buy any current phone. They'll likely get updated to M, but the odds of them being updated to N in the future is very very low. I'll hold out for a phone that ships with M. Odds are higher it'll see N. Yes, I know there's a thing called nexus. Just stahp.
  • Good point. Posted via the Android Central App
  • depends on the OEM ... Moto has a great track record with updates. or you can just get a Nexus!
  • As does Samsung htc and LG... Others not so much.. Maybe Sony sneaks in as well Check out the new Nexus! https://youtu.be/u3uFOavLo_w, not a Rick roll
  • Sony is probably the best.. They just updated the original Xperia Z to lollipop. And they even updated their own custom skin with it Posted via the Android Central App
  • Since they ignore the US I really do not keep up with them much outside camera tech. That is why they were an after thought Check out the new Nexus! https://youtu.be/u3uFOavLo_w, not a Rick roll
  • They updated it to Lollipop couple of months ago. They got 5.1.1 recently. Which I know is still Lollipop, just clarifying. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sony's still updating their flagships back to the Z1. They just take forever and a day to do it.
  • I wouldn't base buying a phone on whether it will get a version of Android that doesn't exist. Posted From my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface pro 3
  • The old mantra around here used to be 'you buy a phone for what it can do today' but it didn't fly well then and still doesn't. Everyone has the apple mindset, but they are clueless as to why that won't work with Android and forget or do not know that the apple updates do major eh arm than good. Check out the new Nexus! https://youtu.be/u3uFOavLo_w, not a Rick roll
  • Thank you! Nor do they comprehend that OEMs are not obligated to update their devices, unless explicitly stated. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm OP and you're correct, they aren't. I'd settle for consistent bug fix releases as well as security update releases for my current OS version before I would want a new OS update. But, alas, they can't even get this right. At least not in any consistent way.
  • No one's saying that OEMs are obligated to provide updates, but it's perfectly reasonable for consumers to avoid buying devices from OEMs that have a track record of slow or non-existant updates.
  • I think a lot of people who visit this site understand these days how Androids update system (barely) works. However just because it is different from Apples system, doesn't mean it shouldn't be more similar to Apples. Google and the OEMs need to force companies out of the update process like Apple did with the first iPhone! This would dramatically speed up the update process. Step 2 would be Google figuring out how to handle all the updates themselves.
  • When you put a new os on a system that is not fully capable of running g it, then more harm is being done than good. Maintenance releases should be more lime windows, 5 years for security he's. Full upgrades on Android is about right, 18 months. Yes the junk devices do not get even that, but there is a difference there. You will never pay 150$ for a brand new ape device. You get what you pay for and it should be expected that your Samsung jx8s is not getting an update to Android Q Check out the new Nexus! https://youtu.be/u3uFOavLo_w, not a Rick roll
  • agreed
  • If M is a stable Android, it could be two years before we see an Android N. Frankly, I wouldn't bother about Android M version 6.1 or Android N version 7.0 quite yet, and if you are getting a brand new Motorola, Nexus, or a Samsung, HTC, or LG flagship, you will get that update 2 years from now, even if you have to wait a few months for some of those devices. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I doubt you are ever going to see two years between a release of either Android or apple Check out the new Nexus! https://youtu.be/u3uFOavLo_w, not a Rick roll
  • Two years before N? Based on what? You can't just make stuff up...
  • Android is so fragmented, google should be issuing the updates directly, not the oem's or carriers.
    I guess that is why people buy nexus devices but that's a very few. Most people who have an android phone in the u.s probably have a Samsung with Touchwiz on it and outdated software.
    I think to the common non tech person, software updates don't matter unless you have an iPhone then it's such a big deal that they added a few features Posted via Android Central App on 1+1
  • But the truth is, most people do not get Android. They get a Samsung or an LG or whatever. You know it, I know it but the regular consumer does not. Call it ignorance? Posted.
  • Or wanting stupid good hardware and not obsessing about having the latest software instantly. That's what most normal people care about. Most people have no clue what "Android OS" even means. They just use their phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You have proven with that statement you do not get Android. Check out the new Nexus! https://youtu.be/u3uFOavLo_w, not a Rick roll
  • Which is impossible without removing all the stuff that makes android what it is. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Exactly. The power that Android gives to the OEM and the carriers is part of what made it successful. Without that it would just be like Windows Phone and no one is looking for that. Moving apps and utilities to the Play Store is the right move. It allows Google to update all devices without any carrier or OEM interference.
  • But skins have to be integrated or it would cause instability overall. I suppose you could have the libraries just sitting on the system partition but I think there would be issues. Something can be apps, but I do not think they all can be. Moto took everything out of blur and we got what we have now. It has some plusses but I will still take sense, tw and even LG over it +++ Insert witty signature, watch as others not get it, profit +++
  • Never understood Android updates and that's what's holding me back from getting G the s6 or any other android devices. My Tab Pro right now didn't see the light of day of Lollipop and while it's still functional I worry the day it won't be compatible with some of the updates of apps I use. At least ios will cover at least 4 years for me. I'm very excited with A9 though. HTC is one of those Android manufacturers I truly like because they care about their audio. Posted via the Android Central App
  • MediaTech? could this year's processor issues possibly get any worse?
  • Don't believe the mediatek rumors until you see it, the same person who tweeted this also said he's only heard of a midrange 64bit snapdragon version of the aero. He said if there is a mediatek variant, it's likely only for China and he has not heard about it. I know the article says this isn't official confirmation from HTC, but seeing as LlabTooFer works for HTC, I'd say it's the next best thing.
  • the mediatech rumor has been consistent for months, but I hope you're right cause that would be a non starter for me personally, and I'm not all that particular about processors. I do like that 3500 rumor though. hopefully HTC realizes there's an opportunity for them to differentiate themselves and capitalize on the inclination amongst consumers for longer battery life.
  • Htc has proven that they do things about 3/4 of the way and then get bored and throw the other 1/4 in. Check out the new Nexus! https://youtu.be/u3uFOavLo_w, not a Rick roll
  • It could also be that half thier staff left and the other half are either in jail ore called in sick! Posted via the Android Central App
  • They should be in jail.. +++ Insert witty signature, watch as others not get it, profit +++
  • love the signature, lol
  • The rumor has been consistent because some Chinese source said it once, and all the lousy tech journalist kept re-reporting it every time we heard something new about the phone. LlabTooFer has denied it from the start, along with the 4gb of RAM and the QHD display, which I would be fine with not getting either of those things in the phone. I do agree the huge battery would be nice, but I'm not holding my breath, that came along with the rest of the rumors, and at this point...they're just rumors,
  • What's wrong with MediaTek? We are pretty sick of monopoly companies. Variety is key. Plus you cannot judge something you haven't fully experienced. Posted.
  • He/she just did. As a consumer, he/she has the right to judge anything he/she wishes, without having experiencing the product. Is it wise to do so? In many cases, no. You could say it's not wise to judge before the release, but we do this all the time. Consumers judge the quality of a movie on the strength of its trailer, we judge the quality of a car simply based off the company that made it. We have prejudices everywhere when it comes to consumer products. And just do you know, I agree with you. Even though I've never played with or experienced a Mediatec powered device, I know I don't want it. I have a (likely unfounded) bias against their processors. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is why a companies Branding is so important. When I see Motorola in my mind I see a good quality device. When I see Archos or Huiewai I think cheap inferior product. While I am sure this is not true that is how it is perceived by me. Good Branding is key. Posted via the Android Central App
  • totally agree. we have so much access to information, it's almost impossible not to form a prejudice. why don't I like mediatek? cause it's got a bad reputation. is that fair or reasonable? absolutely not, but it is what it is and I can't help the way I feel. I've read more than enough reviews and comments about mediatek, and for a reason that might not be fair, I'm not buying it. and why would I? I buy a phone every 2-3 years, I'm supposed to settle for a chip with a bad reputation just cause HTC needs to save some cash? I imagine I'm not alone in my biased assessment, as unfair as it may be.
  • Mediatek has been in your house for years. They owned the TV/DVD player market for years. You mad? Lol. Jk. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well we need true competition to break a monopoly and up until this year snapdragon was nearly flawless. Even with this down year I don't know that anyone but Samsung is making a processor that is close to matching sd Check out the new Nexus! https://youtu.be/u3uFOavLo_w, not a Rick roll
  • You're right, its pretty hard to judge the Helio X20 without using it. I have used other MediaTek processors in the past, and they've proven to be....no so great. Performance on regular tasks is never really an issue (this is the case even with most low-end processors on the market) but their GPUs tend to be not so great, and this leads to quite a bit of lag in any task thats even moderately graphic intensive. For me, MediaTek is going to have to prove they can create a chip with a solid GPU beforeI am willing to buy again. Don't get me wrong, I definitely would like to see them succeed, but they need to prove that they are actually capable of matching the performance Qualcomm's chips...and I don't mean in benchmarks.
  • For one, as long as your basing the performance of Snapdragon's low/mid level, its a fair comparison. MediaTek isn't in the same price at Snapdragon's high end, not even close. This is a midrange, budget SoC. I think people will understand when they see the price. If this matches the M9 in price, I'll eat my words and never buy HTC the rest of my life... Lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • So you know exactly how this processor compares to Snapdragon's? You know this devices price point? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well you would certainly hope it would. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Short for Asi9
  • No kidding? From the leaks I was thinking it was launching with iOS. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah, you act like no phone ever launched a version behind. +++ Insert witty signature, watch as others not get it, profit +++
  • I hope that this rumor and the rumor of the 6" screen are true. If so then this phablet would be guaranteed Android 7.0 Nougat and most likely Android 8.0 Oreo. It would also mean that the HTC o2, which sounds like pretty much the same phone with the exception of a 820 processor and water proofing, would get the same treatment.