Just as promised, this week a big software update is rolling out to the brand new HTC One M9 flagship smartphone on T-Mobile and other carriers. It aims to squash some initial launch bugs in the software, as well as fixing a key problem many HTC One M9 owners have been dealing with.
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
On April 10th the phone went on sale from AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, and the night before HTC pushed out a major software update to fix the camera. The Verizon HTC One M9 already has the latest software, Sprint got it as well, and now this week both AT&T and T-Mobile One M9 owners can expect the same to arrive. 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 the biggest and only real flaw 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.
On April 9th HTC announced a software update was coming to address a few small things, as well as make some major improvements to the camera. After some internal testing, further refinements, and feedback from the media they tweaked a few things and pushed out the update. Promising AT&T and T-Mobile would get it within a week, but that never happened.
However, as of yesterday those with the T-Mobile and AT&T HTC One M9 started receiving the software update, just a few days late, and it comes in at 88MB in size. It’s rather small, but introduces tons of software-side fixes and tweaks to the camera, how it performs, improves the erratic auto-focus, and much much more.
Above you can see the update hitting our T-Mobile HTC One M9. The latest software with all these improvements is .33 as shown above, so once you get this update it’s advised to accept, let the phone install and restart, and you’re all set. Owners can expect better stability, camera performance, and general improvements as a whole when it comes to the 20.7 megapixel camera on the device.
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Our own HTC One M9 look pretty decent 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. Video is pretty bad too, surprisingly, which is also somewhat improved after this update. 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. Hopefully once owners download this update, they’ll experience a much better overall device.
Users can head into settings > about phone > and check for software updates, as this should be rolling out to both the AT&T and T-Mobile HTC One M9 this week. Drop us a comment below if you’ve received it, and if you’ve noticed any major improvements.