This week in a surprise turn of events Google released a quick software update to Android. Of course that is Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, which is currently rolling out to Nexus users. Naturally those waiting for the update to Android 6.0 are now asking about Android 6.0.1, and the HTC One M9 and One A9 could be one of the first to get it.
On October 5th Google released Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and soon after HTC confirmed the company was working extremely hard to be one of the first manufacturers to deliver the update to those in the United States.
In fact, HTC promised the HTC One M9 and M8 update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow would start before the end of the year. Meaning sometime in late December. Now with a new update to Android 6.0.1 rolling out, users are wondering what update is coming, and we have all the answers below.
At the end of September HTC confirmed Marshmallow was coming to many of its smartphones soon, and have repeatedly updated users with good news, stating that it will likely arrive in late December, and early January for most owners.
Then a few weeks ago the Google Play Edition HTC One M8 received Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and the company confirmed regular users internationally, and in the US, are still on track to receive it around the end of December, and many carriers like T-Mobile and Sprint will see Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the HTC One M9 during the first week of January. We’re hearing the 4th for Sprint, 6th for T-Mobile, and late December for the Verizon HTC One M9.
Today though, we received even better news. While carrier versions of the HTC One M8 and One M9 are still likely going to get Android 6.0 first, then later see an update to Android 6.0.1, HTC confirmed two devices will get the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow released this week, before the end of December.
Lots of questions on this, so quick update: M9 unlocked Marshmallow OS update and A9 6.0.1 (with updated emoji) is on target for this month.
— Mo Versi (@moversi) December 7, 2015
Shown above is HTC president Mo Versi posting to Twitter, confirming that Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow for both the HTC One M9 (unlocked) and the new HTC One A9 (all variants) are on track to receive the over-the-air software update to Android 6.0.1 before the end of the month.
That means all HTC One A9 owners in the United States, and all unlocked or developer edition HTC One M9 smartphone owners. This is Android 6.0.1, and will have everything that’s new in Android 6.0 as well. Meaning tons of visual changes, security enhancements, Doze battery life improvements, over 200 new emoji characters and much more. Below is a small comparison of what’s new in Android 6.0, and even more will be in Android 6.0.1 when it arrives later this month.
It’s worth noting that HTC promised consumers that the HTC One A9 will be updated to each new version of Android within 15 days of Google releasing it the the public. That was a bold claim, which had many users buying the impressive new mid-range HTC One A9.
If that promise is met, the HTC One A9 should get Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow before or on Wednesday, December 23rd. That could also be the same day we see it arrive for the HTC One M9, but we’ll have to wait and see. All said and done, the update should be here soon for many users, and hit all HTC One M8, M9, and A9 users in December and January. Stay tuned for more details for HTC devices, and we’re still left in the dark waiting for LG, Samsung and others to make announcements.