HTC announced that the company had received the Android 5.0 code from Google, which would allow the company to keep its promise of rolling out Lollipop to One M8 and One M7 users within 90 days.
HTC One M8 and M7 users now have something to cheer about on the Android OS front. Now, they officially have a timeline of events that should start to give users of HTC’s flagship devices, an idea of when they’ll be able to expect Android 5.0, otherwise known as Lollipop.
The announcement came late Monday night, and was backed up by noting that the company had every intention of following through on their original estimation and promise to users of getting Lollipop to their prominent and most popular devices by the very beginning of 2015.
We've received Android Lollipop code from Google, the clock starts now! HTC One (M8) and (M7) will be updated within 90 days! #HTCAdvantage!
— Mo Versi (@moversi) November 3, 2014
Perhaps the biggest issue facing Google, Android OS and its users across the board is adoption rates; and the fact that so few users actually get updated to the newest code – thus creating major fractures in the user-base. That said, it was recently found that only 30% of Android users as a whole are operating with Android 4.4 – KitKat – even though that version is well over a year old from concept. HTC’s desire to get their devices updated quickly, and rigidly is one that is widely accepted throughout the Android community. Especially since this particular operating system has brought so many new features that people will find to be a dramatic change over previous versions.
The new Material Design UI is something that many Android users have said will be a welcomed change, bringing a more streamlined, and better-feeling experience to the users as a whole. Additionally, having the ability to work from device-to-device, instead of being held down to one device – much like the recent iOS 8 update that was enjoyed for the device-to-device mobility. Also, the newest OS will bring some additional battery saving features that are said to give devices an extra 90 minutes of run-time when the devices start draining down. The new OS is also said to be significantly easier on the battery when operating from start to finish – something many users had previously complained about.
Overall, the addition and quick adoption of Lollipop is something that is widely applauded throughout the mobile, and Android communities – as companies like Samsung, Motorola, HTC, and Sony – in addition to HTC jump into the Lollipop arena.