Taiwanese OEM HTC confirmed that HTC 10, One M9 and One A9 will be among the first recipients of Android 7.1 Nougat (or 7.0 for that matter), but there was no mention of whether or not the older HTC One M8 will also make the cut.
Looking at the usual refresh program for Google and many other Android OEMs, it is easy to say that the 2014 HTC One M8 has no room in this year’s Nougat update. Well, it seems there is someone else with a different idea. According to the latest reports, CyanogenMod is set to make a comeback with a bunch of new nightlies that are aimed at updating older devices with the latest Android 7.1 Nougat.
One such device that is set to benefit from this CyanogenMod is HTC One M8. As noted earlier, this phone has more than two years in the market and as per the norms, we don’t expect to see an OTA update to Android 7.1 Nougat coming to this device. But as usual, workarounds are always there to help you get around such restrictions.
Apparently, the new Android 7.1 Nougat update will come courtesy of CyanogenMod 14.1 nightlies and it will be able to work on quite a number of devices that have been left behind by the Nougat update. In fact, the OS is already running on the older Google Nexus 4 thanks to this custom ROM. The same is expected to happen with the likes of Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, and even Galaxy S3, among other older devices.
As this is happening, those eligible for the OTA update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat should start getting ready as the OS is already hitting some devices. Surprisingly, those using General Mobile 4G are already on board while the likes of Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Pixel C should start receiving it mid this week.