Android L (we’ve got good evidence that the “L” stands for Lemon Cake) is on its way this Fall, but HTC’s not standing around idle. The Taiwanese company already announced earlier this week that it plans to update its HTC One M8 and HTC One M7 (from last year) within 90 days of receiving the new Android L build from Google.
Now, however, Twitter member @LlabTooFeR has leaked the HTC roadmap to update its devices to Android L – not only with regard the HTC One M7 and One M8, but also other models. The HTC One M7 and One M8 models will likely skip Android 4.4.3 KitKat due to the security bug fixes and enhancements in Android 4.4.4 KitKat – which Google just rolled out days ago.
Both the HTC One M7 and One M8 are expected to see Android 4.4.4 KitKat in the July-August period. Of course, the One M8 already has Sense 6.0, but HTC One M7 devices can expect to update to HTC’s latest skin around that time. The HTC One M8 dual-SIM, One Mini 2, and One E8 (One M8 Ace) are expected to update to Android 4.4.4 KitKat sometime between August and September.
As for Android L (Android 5.0), HTC expects to deliver Google’s upcoming update to 11 smartphones: HTC One M7 single-SIM and dual-SIM models, HTC One M8 single-SIM and dual-SIM models, HTC One Mini, HTC One E8 (Ace), HTC One Max (T6), HTC One Mini (M4), HTC One Butterfly S, and both Desire 816 and 610 models. Android L will come to these 11 smartphones sometime between October and December, and HTC hasn’t provided much more information beyond that.
The leaked HTC roadmap tells us two things. First, it reminds us that HTC is committed to bringing Android L to many of its smartphones, and keeps HTC’s two-year-update promise at hand. The company hasn’t been known for updating its devices in the past (ahem…HTC One S), but the Taiwanese manufacturer’s making some strides to change its rocky update record.
Next, the leaked HTC roadmap for Android L shows that HTC expects to receive the Android L update in October – a dead giveaway for Google’s decision to unveil what we believe to be the Nexus 6 around that time. At Google I/O 2014 this past week, Android Engineering Head Dave Burke went on record as saying that Android Silver won’t cancel out the work Google’s done with its Nexus line. Because of that, we’ve reason to believe the Nexus 6 will be the first device to emerge with Android 5.0 Lemon Cake.
At the same time, remember that HTC Nexus 9 we told you about? The Nexus 9 could emerge this month, and Android 5.0 Lemon Cake could emerge with it. After all, HTC’s timetable says that it will push out the update no later than 90 days after Google gives it. If Google provides the Android 5.0 L update in July (this month), October would be exactly 90 days after the Google update is released – so HTC would still be able to pull this off for HTC customers. If Android 5.0 L is released this month with the new HTC Nexus 9, then the Nexus 6 would come pre-loaded with Android 5.3 – making the Android L Developer Preview image spot-on.
At this point to many, it seems unlikely that Google would reveal Android 5.0 this month when Google just survived its I/O conference. This is true, but keep in mind that Google may decide to release the name of its Android L update in September with a new bugdroid statue in Mountain View. In the meantime, the company could very well roll out an Android 5.0 release, or an Android 4.5 release (under a different name, like KitKat Pie) for that matter. We don’t see Google rolling out an HTC Nexus 9 tablet and the Nexus 6 at the same time, and it was July of last year when Google unveiled the Nexus 7 (2013). With that said, we’ll have to keep our fingers crossed as to when we can expect these devices.
All in all, HTC looks to be ready for the drop of Android L. We are as anxious as they are to get our hands on the final build. Stay tuned to Inferse for more coverage on Android L, the HTC Nexus 9, and the Nexus 6.