The HTC One M9 is billed for a surprise Oreo update
While a few OEMs are yet to sort out their roadmap for sending out updates to even their current flagships, HTC is about to raise the bar higher than ever before, with the company's three-year-old flagship, the M9, set to receive its update to Android Oreo in March.
This year may set the benchmark for future updates in the Android world. Usually, the best of devices receive two years worth of updates, due to the most dominant hardware manufacturer on the market, Qualcomm, having a reported two-year driver updating policy. There was word a while back that the Samsung Galaxy S6 would receive the update to Android Oreo, and while that isn't looking viable—the next-gen S7 is yet to even receive word of the update—it still offers some hope to users of the device. The M9 was released a month before the S6 and it was powered by the notorious Snapdragon 810, so this is very much a surprise. The device also received its update to Nougat just a few months ago.
According to Optus, an Australian telecommunication giant, testing is already in progress, with a rollout on the cards as soon as late February or early March.