Back in November HTC confirmed many of its popular and most recent Android smartphones would receive an upgrade to the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update, and now new information has emerged regarding a possible HTC One and HTC One M8 Android 5.0 Lollipop update.
Back in November Google released Android 5.0 Lollipop, November 3rd to be exact, and HTC promised the update would arrive within 90 days from then. Meaning anytime between that date and February 3rd. We’ve seen them miss 90 day windows before, but also deliver early, and we could see the HTC One Android 5.0.1 updates arrive sooner than expected.
Google started pushing Android 5.0.1 Lollipop to many of its Nexus smartphones and tablets last week, along with the HTC One and One M8 Google Play Edition phones, signaling that the rollout had officially started and owners can start anticipating its arrival. Today though, new reports suggest the regular carrier versions could be updated as soon as January 3rd.
According to some new reports from the site TechTastic, who’s been accurate in the past regarding some HTC leaks and secret information, HTC could be on track to be one of the fist manufacturers to get Android 5.0 Lollipop out to smartphones in the United States.
We’ve seen Motorola update a few stock unlocked devices, and even LG G3 Android 5.0 updates outside of the US, and now we’re hearing HTC is making great progress to beat the 90 day window, and actually deliver Android 5.0.1 Lollipop updates within 60 days instead.
Multiple sources that wish to remain anonymous have reported that at a private event in London this past weekend HTC mentioned the HTC One and HTC One M8 Android 5.0 Lollipop update, with a new Sense UI, could start rolling out as soon as January 3rd, an entire month earlier than initial expectations.
So far we’ve yet to see any further tweets from Mo Versi, the HTC employee tasked with keeping users up to date over on Twitter, but hopefully additional information arrives in the near future. The update to Android 5.0 Lollipop hasn’t been as smooth as many expected, with such a massive overhaul to the Android OS, but things are finally starting to get on track.
In recent years HTC has done an increasingly better job at being one of the first manufacturers to push out Android updates to popular smartphones, and Android 5.0 Lollipop could be their fastest yet. It’s also worth mentioning Google worked extremely close with HTC on the new HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet, which could be a contributing factor in the smartphone makers fast updates this year.
All the useful features of Android 5.0 Lollipop will reportedly be included, along with the redesigned recent apps menu and all the impressive visual effects and animations on Lollipop, but of course be added to HTC’s Sense UI custom overlay sitting on top of stock Android.
In closing, this report could simply be for the international unlocked HTC One and HTC One M8 smartphones, and not for carrier variants. Typically US carriers require an approval process that puts those updates 4-6 weeks behind international updates. If that is again the case with Android 5.0 Lollipop, the 90 day window ending in February could be right on track for those in the United States with an HTC One or One M8 smartphone.
We’ve already seen HTC Sense 6.0 running on a leaked build of Android 5.0 Lollipop on an HTC One M8, so the update is moving along quickly, and may end up arriving sooner than many initially expected. Stay tuned for more details.