Updates to the latest and greatest version of Android are quite the big business, but updating older hardware to a major new version has to be done carefully. Despite promising that the HTC One M7 and M8 would receive an update to Android 5.0 within 90 days back in November, HTC has today advised they will miss the deadline.
In a blog post on the HTC US website, HTC Vice President, Product Management. Mo Versi has advised that they won’t make the February 1st deadline, due in part to some issues with Lollipop which has forced Google to issue point updates to Android 5.0 (5.0.1 and 5.0.2). Mo also advised that hTC is commited to ‘taking every precaution to ensure the rollout is right’ which speaks to HTC’s valuing their customer experience over delivering a potentially buggy release.
The good news is that HTC has delivered Lollipop to the Google Play, Unlocked, and Developer Editions of the HTC One M8; Mo also advised that HTC is endeavouring to ‘deliver Lollipop to all devices as near the 90-day mark as possible’, so we hope it won’t be too far from there.
In Australia of course HTC hasn’t actually advised of a release date for the update. The majority of handsets here will have to wait for carriers to complete their testing procedures. According to the latest Software update posts for Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, the Android 5.0 for the HTC One M7 and M8 hasn’t actually been delivered as yet, so there is some time to wait.