Last week, Google finally gave Android 5.0 a name – Lollipop – and gave its new software a formal launch at its press event last week. With Android 5.0 Lollipop now official and due to roll out in a few weeks from now, we also learned soon after the Google presser that the HTC One M8 and HTC One M7 would get bumped up to the new OS within 90 days of the initial release date. What does this mean, and what can you, as an HTC device owner, look forward to?
According to the usually-accurate and reliable LlabTooFeR, HTC will be rolling out Android 5.0 to majority of its new smartphone releases, with the Eye Experience software likely baked into these updates. Developer LlabTooFeR has, for the past several years, been a leading source of HTC leaks and rumors, so this is one particular rumor worth taking stock in, even if it’s not yet been confirmed. Also leaked out yesterday by LlabTooFeR was a list of HTC devices in line for an Android 5.0 update within the coming months. He did, however, add, that the list of devices and the respective timelines are subject to change based on HTC’s evaluation.
First off, the 2013 flagship HTC One M7 and the current flagship HTC One M8 will be first to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop. There is, however, a bit of a catch here – according to LlabTooFeR, Google Play Editions of those devices will be receiving the updates in November and December, while standard versions with HTC’s Sense user experience may get the software in January or February 2015. That’s quite a while from now, but bear in mind that Google prioritizes Nexus devices and Google Play Editions when rolling out new versions of its software.
For the first quarter of 2014, several HTC devices are in line to receive Android 5.0, aside from the HTC One M8 and M7. LlabTooFeR’s list shows that the Desire Eye, the OneM8 Dual SIM, the One M7 Dual SIM, the plastic HTC One E8 and HTC One E8 Dual SIM and the Butterfly 2 will all be getting upped to Android 5.0 between January and March 2015.
As for other HTC devices, LlabTooFeR says that the HTC One Mini 2 and Desire 816, midrange devices both, will be upgraded sometime in March or April 2015. The One Max, One Mini, and the Butterfly S, on the other hand, are set to receive Android 5.0 sometime between March and May 2015. Mysteriously missing, however, is the HTC Desire 820, a midrange 64-bit device, as well as other HTC phones powered by MediaTek chips; LlabTooFeR says that these phones are still being evaluated, and chances of an update are up in the air.
Android 5.0 Lollipop is expected to begin rolling out in the first week of November, as it ships with the new Google Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus 6 smartphone. Aside from Google-branded devices, Motorola has also revealed some details about Android 5.0 updates and which devices are set to receive them – included in this list are the Moto X (2014) and (2013), the Moto G (2014) and (2013), the Moto E, and its older Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini co-brands with Verizon.