The impressive new HTC One M9 release date is officially set for tomorrow, April 10th, and after months of waiting the smartphone will finally be available for prospective buyers. So far reviews have been mixed overall, and today HTC announced a release day bug fixing update will be rolling out aimed at curbing a few big issues on the new smartphone.
On March 1st the HTC One M9 smartphone was finally announced and revealed after months of leaks, rumors and speculation. Along with a neat new two-tone color design and the latest version of Android, the biggest and most exciting addition was the new 20.7 megapixel rear camera.
Read: HTC One M9 Review
Tomorrow the HTC One M9 will be available from AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, and today we’re learning an update will be ready and waiting for almost all buyers. The Verizon HTC One M9 already has the latest software, Sprint will get an OTA update tomorrow, and T-Mobile and AT&T owners can expect it to arrive sometime next week. So what’s this update about? Read on for more details.
HTC’s new smartphone is an excellent device. It offers a beautiful two-tone all aluminum design, the latest version of Android, dual front facing speakers, a powerful new theme engine to change the look and more. However, the biggest change was the new 20.7 megapixel camera. Replacing the Duo cameras from the One M8 last year.
Multiple reviews around the web, including our own linked to above, mention that while the phone is excellent overall the camera is still lacking. We concluded that along with a near identical design to the One M8 last year, the camera was one of the biggest and only flaws of the new HTC One M9. The weakest link, so to speak. A problem that HTC had with the One M8 in 2014 as well.
Today the company revealed a big bug fixing update is rolling out to fix exactly that. After some internal testing, further refinements, and feedback from the media they’ve made some important changes to the software and are delivering a release date update aimed at improving the experience for owners.
Our own HTC One M9 look pretty great photos, but often didn’t have the best lighting, was slow to focus, and even had a hard time figuring out what to actually focus on in the photo. Items further away seemed to confuse the focus, often resulting in poor photos. The 20.7 megapixel camera was a welcomed edition and something many were excited about, but the sub-par performance was a bit of a let down. It’s a capable camera, and we even mentioned that hopefully it could be improved over time with software updates.
Those with the Verizon HTC One M9 should have HTC software ending in .33 along with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, which is the latest release with the camera improvements. However, all other units bought from other carriers won’t have it. Owners are suggested to head into settings > about phone > and check for updates to make sure they’re on the latest .33 software release.
This includes “enhancements to the overall camera experience” as well as some additional bug fixes that were not disclosed. HTC promises that this will significantly improve the camera, a camera sensor that should be quite capable, meaning that if this fixes some of those concerns this is a great phone worth buying. We’ve received the update today on our own T-Mobile HTC One M9, and will be sure to give it a try to see if things have been improved. All said and done, enjoy your new HTC One M9, and be on the lookout for an update that will make this excellent Android smartphone even better.
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