HTC promised to update the One M7 and One M8 operating systems within 90 days of release of new versions of Android as part of its HTC Advantage program, to give customers peace of mind about updates for their devices. The company’s blog details the promise.

We’ve just seen final Lollipop code drop into AOSP, so HTC’s started the clock on that promise. In a post to HTC’s Elevate site, Laura Kimball said “HTC has received final Android Lollipop code from Google and the clock starts now! HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) will be updated within 90 days from today. More product updates to be announced soon!”

At this rate, HTC’s developers are going to have a busy holiday! The update should hit early February – if not sooner.

Remember, the 90-day software update promise for HTC Advantage only applies to the USA – Australian customers who got their phones from carriers will need to wait for their carrier to approve the update. If you bought your phone outright at retail, you’ll get the update from HTC, but it’ll probably be a little later than the US release. Still, it’s good to know the update will be available in a timely fashion.

Does HTC’s 90-day update guarantee influence your buying decision – even if it doesn’t apply to Australia? Tell us in the comments!

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Sujay Vilash

What is the difference between US and non-US which might delay the non-US updates within that 90 day time frame? Apart from AU telcos “verifying” the updates by adding their crapware …


Wrong. The only thing Australian (and any) telco does when testing a software update is test it. They don’t have Android developers cutting and coding updates for their own nefarious means. The manufacturers add any applications to the build, not the carriers.

That said – customising an update is as simple as dragging and dropping an APK into the build. Hardly a strenuous task. Educate yourself, else you’ll look like a fool.

Sujay Vilash

Not too sure what planet you are coming from. My point was this. It takes AU telco’s, in particular Telstra, a lot of time to release an update once the manufacturers have released their update to the market. If all they are doing is simply testing and dragging/dropping their APK’s, then why does it take so long. From an end-user point of view, the only difference I see is the crapware. Every custom ROM I have used thus far has always worked without testing on Telstra’s network. Thsi afct makes me believe Telstra deliberately hold back on updates. Why? Who… Read more »


I can’t provide you with a direct link as Disqus will block the post, however if you would like to know what’s involved rather than just making it up as you go along – Google “Vodafone Android software journey”

Hell, you might even learn something!


Telstra have the same kind of thing. The problem is that the clock starts at 5 years lol


This was one of the main reasons I bought the phone. The promise of a fast update process. I’m sure (I hope!) voda won’t take too long to update.


HTC are giving themselves 90 days to come up with the update for the US version. Once that’s done then they’ll do the non-US versions. And once that’s done, then the AU telcos will want to “check” what HTC has done.
“Check”, in this instance, means make sure the telcos own pre-installed bloatware and garbage is installed and works.
For the AU telco updates to show up in anything under 120 days would be very surprising.

Sujay Vilash

120 days might be too generous 🙂


Sup Jeni, long time no speak. You’re wrong. The carriers do strenuous testing of the update and have in several circumstances found that the software was deficient and could have caused harm to customers or caused a poor experience.

Your ignorance is showing, as per usual.

Sujay Vilash

What is with you insulting people? If you can’t say things in a nice way, keep it to yourself.


Geo-restricting OS upgrade promises on globally sold products. That stinks.


Hah, really cool for them to do this. Good to see they’re committed to speedy updates.

Shame telcos here in AU will inevitably delay the process, but at least HTC are making an effort.

Darren Ferguson

I don’t see why they would delay the international version from getting the update. What possible business reason is there for that?


It does suck a bit – I guess it’s great we can easily change up our devices into the “Developer Edition” without too much hassle to receive the update.

I’m keen to see what sense looks like with Android L bits in it! (if it survives)