HTC is getting Android 5.0 Lollipop out to its users. Shortly after the Samsung Galaxy S5 began receiving the update to Android 5.0.1 in Poland HTC responded by pushing the update to Google Play editions of the HTC One M7. For those devices, the update is relatively small measuring in at just 511MB for the OTA update. Standard rules apply to the update – which require Android 4.4.4 KitKat to be actively running on the smartphone, in order for the One M7 to accommodate the newest update to Lollipop.
Simultaneously, HTC began rolling out updates to the HTC One M8 Google Play edition as well. The company also announced that they would be getting the Android 5.0 Lollipop update out to customers who have carrier versions of the HTC One M7 and M8 with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile by February. That though is a “worst case scenario,” if you will since optimistically many believe HTC One M7 and M8 will receive the update throughout January.
HTC is going to be offering the software update to Android 5.0 Lollipop to a number of their other devices as well. To some this wasn’t overly surprising since HTC was a hardware partner on the Nexus 9 tablet, produced with the Google name, so their having an inside track to Lollipop shouldn’t come as a shock. That being said, the Desire Eye, One M8 Dual-Sim, One E8, One E8 Dual-Sim and the Butterfly 2 should all receive the update between January and March – which is impressive and aggressive at the same time. Meanwhile, in the spring – between March and April – the One Mini 2, and Desire 816 will get the update – leaving the One Max, One Mini, and Butterfly S to receive the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop by the end of May. The 64-bit Desire 820 which would appear to be a good fit for the update isn’t mentioned at all throughout the entire process, so it will be interesting to see what HTC does with that.
HTC has remained constant in their official message that they would “be announcing more devices in the near future.” Theoretically that means any HTC Android device could land the update if HTC deems it worth it. The list of devices that are already scheduled to receive an update is impressive though, so HTC users shouldn’t feel too cheated by their smartphone company.