Back in January HTC announced they’d miss the 90 day deadline they set themselves for the HTC One M8 Android 5.0 Lollipop update, but since then we’ve received plenty of good news and it’s now rolling out to many carriers in the United States. It first kicked off for owners back in January, and over the past few weeks has continued to arrive for more and more proud owners.
It arrived throughout Canada last week, as well as reportedly rolling out to select HTC One M8 owners on Sprint, and this weekend we learned that the T-Mobile HTC One M8 is up next to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop. It was scheduled for yesterday, but this morning T-Mobile updated its support page stating the update will begin today, February 10th.
Back in October Google announced the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and a redesigned and improved Android 5.0 Lollipop software update. After the announcement HTC promised many key devices would see updates within 90 days, which was February 3rd for those keeping track. They achieved that goal many regions, but missed the mark in a few areas as well as the entire United States, but only by a few days as its now rolling out to even more eager users.
The HTC One M8 Android 5.0 Lollipop update first arrived for the Google Play Edition last year, and then rolled out to a few small select markets, as well as for unlocked international models and the developer HTC One M8 here in the US. Today though, the HTC One M8 Android 5.0 Lollipop update is finally headed to a second US carrier, that being T-Mobile.
HTC quickly made an announcement in late January confirming they’d miss the February 3rd date and 90 day upgrade timeline, but not by far. They didn’t reveal any actual release date plans though, still leaving potential owners in the dark. Then, late last week it started rolling out for the Sprint HTC One M8, and now this morning those on T-Mobile can expect the same. Here’s the confirmation.
HTC One (M8) T-Mobile owners! Lollipop OS Technical Approval has been received! OTA to start on Monday. #HTCAdvantage
— Mo Versi (@moversi) February 7, 2015
Mo Versi, a Senior VP for HTC has been very vocal on Twitter over the past two years announcing plans, update timelines, and confirming when updates are headed to devices. Something that many HTC owners can appreciate, and a move many wish other manufacturers would follow.
Over the weekend he promised it would arrive on Monday, which never happened. Users don’t need to worry though, because he was only off by one day and this morning T-Mobile officially started rolling out the HTC One M8 Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update to users. We’ve received multiple reports of it arriving, and it will be in the form of a rather large 600MB download, so WiFi is recommended.
With Android 5.0 Lollipop users can expect many changes and improvements. From a redesigned lockscreen, improved notifications and controls, a new notification pull-down bar, improved multi-tasking and more. This is all on top of security enhancements, new animations and effects, and other changes to the general look and feel of Android. Of course this is all covered by the HTC Sense UI interface, which is HTC Sense 6, and a new HTC Sense 7 is expected to debut on the new HTC One M9 in early March.
It’s worth noting that T-Mobile may actually be the first carrier in the United States to deliver the HTC One M8 Android 5.0 update, as we’re hearing the Sprint rollout last week hasn’t actually started. Most users are reporting no updates available, but we’d advise those on Sprint or T-Mobile to head into settings > about phone > and check for software updates to see if an update is ready and waiting.
With Android 5.0.1 rolling out now to the HTC One M8 on Sprint and T-Mobile, we’re expecting AT&T and Verizon to be up next. This could be in the next few days, or sometime in the next couple of weeks. It’s worth mentioning that Google recently released an Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update with bug fixes, and it looks like Android 5.1 Lollipop is also in the works and coming soon. While those shouldn’t delay the HTC One M8 Lollipop update for US owners, it’s something to be aware of and look forward to.