It took its sweet time but weeks after they announced it originally, Android Lollipop is coming to the lucky owners of HTC One M7 and M8, but just the Google Play Editions. There were some delays due to a “re-spin” of the final build, although the OEM did not fully explain what that retooling was, but the important thing now is that users will finally get their gadgets Lollipop-ized.
HTC Product VP Mo Versi announced on his Twitter account that they have finally received the technical approval from Google to start rolling out the latest major update for Android to the HTC One M7 and M8 GPE. Originally, the updates were supposed to have arrived two weeks ago, at least for the HTC One M8 GPE. But they needed to either fix or alter or patch up some aspects, and so they failed to receive Google’s approval for the rollout.
But this time around, it’s the real deal. Android Lollipop brings to the devices a design overhaul with its Material Design, notifications on locked screens, and other changes that might make you feel like you have a new smartphone. The Google Apps have also received major refreshes, although some are already seen in their current updates. Under the hood, there are also many changes that end users will not see. Developers will get to play with more than 5,000 new APIs for their apps.
The rollouts start on Friday, December 5, but it will take some time to reach all users of course. But if you’re impatient and would like the update now, you can do the OTA way for both the HTC One M7 and the HTC One M8. For carrier-operated versions of the two models, there is no news yet as to when you will get yours.