The release and update to Android 5.0 Lollipop hasn’t been very smooth, with Google seeing delays and slowly pushing out updates to each Nexus device, and now we’ve received bad news for some HTC One owners. Last week we confirmed the HTC One Google Play Edition devices would get Android 5.0 early this week, but it has seen a slight delay.
Late last month HTC confirmed many of its popular and most recent Android smartphones would receive an upgrade to the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update, and then they specifically confirmed the original HTC One and new HTC One M8 Google Play Edition phones were up first.
Android 5.0 Lollipop for the HTC One from carriers won’t be coming until later this year, reportedly within 90 days of November 3rd, but those with the stock Google Play Edition handsets can expect it soon. The delay is only a few days, and today we received word that it should arrive on Friday for most users.
The Android 5.0 Lollipop update is slowly but surely arriving for multiple users and an array of devices. Of course it started with the Nexus 9 tablet, and then was pushed via software updates to the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (both 2012 and 2013) and it’s also coming to the Nexus 10 tablet.
Aside from Nexus devices, last week Motorola pushed out Android 5.0 Lollipop to the Moto G and Pure Edition Moto X, and we’re even hearing the new DROID Turbo and regular Moto X could see Android 5.0 updates as early as sometime next week. So things are moving rather fast, even if the release has been a bit muddy and lacking in details.
@martywinsen Hi Marty, got delayed – new target is Friday. Working aggressively to get it out as quickly as possible. Thanks. Mo
— Mo Versi (@moversi) November 18, 2014
Shown above is a Tweet from Mo, a product manager at HTC who’s been keeping eager users updated regarding release dates, software updates, and all things HTC. His tweet yesterday in reply to one user confirms the HTC One and One M8 Google Play Edition Android 5.0 update has been delayed, but only by a day or so.
The new “target” for the Android 5.0 update is Friday, but of course, that’s always subject to change if they see any setbacks similar to what happened earlier this week. He confirms the team is working aggressively to get it out as soon as possible, and seems hopeful that the Friday release will be met.
As a reminder, “Google Play Edition” smartphones are sold directly from Google through the Play Store, and run nearly pure stock Android on manufacturers flagship devices. The HTC One and One M8 had HTC Sense stripped from them, but left a few neat camera features and such, and are running stock Android 4.4.4 KitKat, and will soon be on the absolute latest Android 5.0 Lollipop.
This all being said, the most important HTC One and HTC One M8 Android 5.0 updates are for carriers in the United States, and for users around the globe. While no official date has been set yet, HTC promised it will arrive within 90 days from November 3rd. Meaning that users don’t have too long to wait, 2 months at most, so stay tuned and we’ll update as more details begin to surface.
In the meantime those with the Google Play Edition HTC One’s can look forward to Android 5.0 arriving extremely soon.