While the official HTC One M8 Android 5.0 Lollipop update has already started for a select few users in the United States, today those with carrier units are getting an update as well, but this is not Android 5.0 Lollipop. Today AT&T announced a new software update is rolling out with tons of changes, but you’ll still be on Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
Back in October Google announced the new Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and the completely redesigned and improved Android 5.0 Lollipop update. A few days later, HTC promised many key devices would see updates within 90 days, which is February 3rd for those keeping track. And while that’s still reportedly on track, today’s update won’t be delivering the latest software.
Ahead of the highly anticipated HTC One M8 Android 5.0 Lollipop update that is expected to arrive soon, today AT&T started pushing a rather large update to its variant of the HTC One M8, and users will want to read on to see what it’s about, then surely accept the update as they continue waiting for Lollipop.
According to AT&T the HTC One M8 is getting an update starting today that is bringing tons of changes and improvements to the device, and this is a big update you’ll want to accept as you’re still waiting for Lollipop. They’ve added new features, fixed some bugs, improved battery life and much more.
The 90 day update window for the HTC One M8 to see Android 5.0 Lollipop is getting close, with the official 90 days being up on February 3rd. And while we’re expecting carriers in the US to delay updates past that, an update has arrived today worth installing.
AT&T simply listed the update as Android 4.4.4 KitKat, the addition of HD voice, and bug fixes, but there’s more than just that going on here.
The AT&T HTC One M8 update rolling out today will put users on software version 3.42.502.1 and it brings lots of new stuff. For one, HD calling has been included. Which means we could see the same soon for the Verizon version. AT&T also promises updates and bug fixes to Android 4.4.4 KitKat, security and bluetooth enhancements, Adds AMBS Cloud Messaging Integration, introduces a copy paste feature to the camera, improves battery life (a big one) as well as updating some of the bloatware like AT&T Ready2Go and visual voicemail.
So far the biggest change we see here is the HD voice and Android 4.4.4 KitKat fixes and security patches. Interestingly enough it also mentions improved battery life, which is something all owners can get excited about. The HTC One M8 was one of the best phones released last year, but battery life wasn’t a strong point.
While we wait for the new HTC One M9 announcement in March, and the impending release of Android 5.0.1 Lollipop for the HTC One M8, get this update now and enjoy the changes and features while you wait. This should hit all AT&T owners in the next 24-48 hours, but could take upwards of 2 weeks to fully roll out. As usual you can head into settings > about phone > software and check for updates manually if you’d like. Drop a comment below if you notice significant improvements to performance and battery life.