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HTC One (M8) Android 5.0 Lollipop update [updated: T-Mobile OTA now rolling]

Scott Adam Gordon

HTC promised that its flagship devices would be updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop within 90 days of the source code being released (which happened on November 3rd). That deadline recently passed, but those in the UK and on Sprint in the US just made the cut. T-Mobile has now added its name to the winner's circle too, with the T-Mobile HTC One (M8) Android update rolling OTA out as we speak. Head to the update section below for more.

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When will the HTC One (M8) be receiving the Android 5.0 Lollipop update? / © ANDROIDPIT

T-Mobile HTC One (M8) Android update

Update: T-Mobile has just made it too, a day later than originally planned but close enough for us to forgive them. The T-Mobile HTC One (M8) Android 5.0 Lollipop update is now rolling OTA. To see if the update is ready for your device, head to Settings > About Phone > Software update. The update has been confirmed on Twitter.

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T-Mobile's HTC One (M8) update page now lists Android 5.0 Lollipop as the current version. © T-Mobile

Sprint HTC One (M8) Android update

After HTC Product Management VP Mo Versi told us the One (M7) was being updated on Sprint. On February 6th, the official Sprint support page has been refreshed and Sprint now lists Android 5.0 as the current version of the HTC One (M8). The update is completing its rollout now.

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The HTC One (M8) has been updated for those on the Sprint. / © Sprint

This latest update brings the HTC One (M8) firmware up to build number 4.20.651.10, and also notes that the Lumen Toolbar has been removed as part of the improvements. 

You may see a notification pop up on your handset sooner or later, depending on your carrier, but you can also check for it manually by going to settings > about phone > software update.

Verizon HTC One (M8) Android update

No ETA, we'll update you when we know more

AT&T HTC One (M8) Android update

Nothing yet, stay tuned. 

Head below for everything else we've got on the Lollipop update.

Previous coverage: HTC previously confirmed that the One M8 would receive the Android 5.0 Lollipop update by January 3rd, alongside the HTC One (M7). Though HTC has missed that deadline, the update should still land within "90 days of the original source code being released," as it originally promised.

We have already seen screenshots of Android Lollipop on the HTC One (M8), showing new animations and effects, and notifications. Other new arrivals to HTC devices will be the button press effects, lock screen notifications, quick access and multitasking view.

Settings have a search option and there’s now an included easy mode like we see on some Samsung device for beginner users. This reduces the user interface to a much more simpler and tile setup with easy access to the basic functions. Check out the video below to see the new user interface in action:

Android Lollipop is already available for the HTC One (M8) and One (M7) Google Play editions. Owners of the HTC flagships are actually being upgraded to Android 5.0.1, currently the only devices outside of the Nexus series to run the latest version of Android (though this surely won't be for very long), which brings with it a few bug fixes and minor tweaks to the original 5.0 release.  

The update is arriving over-the-air, meaning you should check your settings > about phone > software update page to see if it is ready on your device. Android 5.0 Lollipop and Sense 6 UI had previously been leaked for the HTC One (M8) and we've assembled screenshots to show you below:

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Lock screen notifications and the recent apps list in Sense 6. © @LlabTooFeR
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Notifications shade and the Quick Settings on the HTC One (M8) with Lollipop. © @LlabTooFeR

As you can see from the German screenshots leaked by HTC developer @LlabTooFeR, there's a few things of interest here: while the main Sense UI stays the same, there's some Lollipop tweaks to the notifications area, the recent apps list falls in line with the Lollipop standard card stack, the Quick Settings are slightly tweaked and of course we've got Android 5.0's lock screen notifications.

What do you think of Lollipop on the HTC One (M8)? How does Sense 6 look to you?

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  • Murph 2 weeks ago Link

    So this has basically shut my phone down. Horrible text lag, constant update requests. Verizon phone. Any updates on new updates or temp fixes?

  • Mohamed Suleman 3 weeks ago Link

    I am also having issues with the update, why did it take so long if none of the bugs were fixed?
    My phone's home button and recent apps button sometimes disappears and i have to restart to get them back.

  • Nirmal Jr. 1 month ago Link

    I am using lollipop 5.0.1 in my htc m8 .. can i go back to kitkat 4.4.4 . if so how?

    • marcusabe 4 weeks ago Link

      Hello. I've the same doubt. Is there a safe way to go back to kit kat 4.4.4 when everything was smooth?

  • Nirmal Jr. 1 month ago Link

    I am using lollipop 5.0.1 in my htc m8 .. can i go back to kitkat 4.4.4 . if so how?

  • Željan Alduk 1 month ago Link

    NFC support for Mifare Classic is broken !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Zareth DeTullio 1 month ago Link

    Not quite accurate! Nvidia Shield is already on 5.0.1 and I think 5.0.2 may have rolled out today.

  • Paul jones 1 month ago Link

    My M8 refuses to connect to my LG TV via miracast since the update. Anyone know if this is a known issue?

    • DBS 1 month ago Link

      I'm having the exact same issue. My M7 running KitKat connects just fine

  • Stephen Grant 1 month ago Link

    My unlocked M8 is very, very laggy since the update - the device is actually pathetic compared to performance under Kit kit. Very disappointing.

  • Phil 1 month ago Link

    Anyone else unable to use face recognition unlock after the 5.0.1 update?

  • mike 1 month ago Link

    5.0.1 on tmobile m8 seems to be working well. no lag no battery issue so far. i did the ota around 6am CST. now 239 still 64% battery. havent done much on wifi yet.

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  • richard rees 1 month ago Link

    How do I turn that gong noise off very frustrating when I have notifications

  • ப்ரவீன் குமார் 1 month ago Link

    OMG... The new update brings nothing new to htc one m7... Infact they are making more ugly to the phone phathetic...

  • Dogus ATASOY 1 month ago Link

    I'm with you, i'm having strange wi-fi issues. It is not connecting. and it is really very annoying. i'd do a factory reset as an idiot that listens customer services guys. And not solved. Don't do a factory reset. HTC is screwed up with lollipop update... Any solutions?

  • Christopher Casey 1 month ago Link

    No, my phone does the same. Freezes, lags and doesn't seem as smooth as it used to.
    Also know of one other that suffers the same problems.

  • Nik Ramsden 1 month ago Link

    I got the lollipop patch to my UK based EE M8 a few days ago. Really disappointed. The phone freezes after doing anything (comments on FB, hangouts messages etc), the WiFi seems much less stable, my banking app no longer works and the battery zaps down. Just hope there is a follow-up patch quick as what was a really really great phone has turned into a really really poor one. Am I alone?

    • Angie Savory 1 month ago Link

      I also am having problems on my M8. I have to input the Wi-Fi key every day at my shop! And the freezing/ sluggishness is frustrating, my images no longer rotate either :'-(

  • FLFL El Geneina 1 month ago Link

    Why the software does not has a change on the shape of the home screen like Nexus shape the changes was internal the device not outside too

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