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.
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.
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.
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:
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?