It was made official in November that OnePlus would be updating its current-gen flagship handsets to Android Nougat by the end of 2016. OnePlus has kept true to that promise as Carl Pei (CEO of OnePlus) confirmed that the company has managed to release the final stable version of the OS on 31st December, 2016. The Oxygen OS v4.0 firmware based on Nougat 7.0 is now live and rolling out to OnePlus 3 and 3T smartphones around the world via OTA.
Some of the changes that this update will bring to the two devices include the following.
Improved shelf customization
Redesigned notification menu and settings overlay
The ability to reply to messages from the notifications menu
The ability to change icons in the status bar
Support for custom DPI
Quick Launch for third-party applications
Available only to the OnePlus 3 earlier, the Open Beta 1 program is now also available to the OnePlus 3T, as announced by the OEM. If you want, the beta firmware is available for downloading and flashing manually onto your OnePlus 3/3T, but keep in mind that this will make your device a part of OnePlus's beta release cycle and the subsequent OTA updates will keep coming accordingly. If you don't want that then just wait a few days until the official, stable version arrives for your smartphone.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
ASUS has just started to roll out Android Marshmallow updates to the ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE500KL) and this package addresses something that many users had been complaining about since launch. The ZenFone 2 Laser, in addition to all other ZenFones in the series, comes preloaded with plenty of apps that some users may find annoying. If you are not a fan of the preloaded bloatware either, you will be happy to know that this latest update will not only upgrade your phone to Android M, but will also remove most of those applications by default.
Here is a list of all the pre-installed applications which will no longer be a part of your ZenFone 2 Laser, once it has been upgraded to Android 6.0 with Build number 22.214.171.124_M3.6.44.
There will also be a few new apps installed on your ZE500KL once you perform the upgrade, but thankfully, the list is not nearly as long as the list above. Dr. Booster, Google calendar and Google Messenger are the only three new applications that you will find on your phone post upgrade. If the package has already arrived on your smartphone, here are a few things that we recommend for you to keep in mind before you go through with the download and installation.
Backup your data and move all media files to your micro-SD card.
Move all applications to your internal storage because after this update, your ZenFone 2 Laser will lose support for APP2SD.
Stay signed into your Google and ASUS accounts in order to be able to use the Multi-user feature on your smartphone.
Once you are done, let us know if you really like the bloatware free experience or would you have preferred it if the Taiwanese company left a few of the removed apps on board?
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
Some users were complaining about Google Chrome (desktop version) performance issues and high RAM usage. Well, Google is working on an update that make the Chrome browsing experience get a lot better and far less annoying thanks to these two new features that are coming soon!
The first is deferred playback of autoplay media for background tabs. Right now, if you open a tab in the background that has autoplay media, it will start playing in the background when the page finishes loading, and you then have to hunt for the tab and silence whatever is playing. With this feature, Chrome will wait until the tab is in the foreground to start playing autoplay media, thus causing less annoyance and also using fewer resources for background tabs.
The second feature is where Chrome will automatically pause Flash ads and other non-essential Flash content on the page. Soon, Flash ads will have a gray box asking the user explicit permission to play them. Google advises ad partners to switch to using HTML5 ads, as they use fewer resources to run than Flash content.
Reports that the new Snapdragon 810 chipset has been contending with heating problems has not stopped all OEMs from getting on board with the new Octa-core 64-bit silicon.
LG was the first manufacturer to announce it would be using the new system-on-a-chip in the new LG G Flex 2. The company said it was able to work around the chip's heat emissions. While that is arguably a good sign, it could also be seen as an acknowledgment that the Snapdragon 810 runs hotter than some would prefer.
The issue has been the source of reports that Samsung was forgoing use of the new Qualcomm chip, in favor of its own Exynos CPU for the next generation Galaxy flagship "Galaxy S6". However, it looks like Qualcomm is working on a redesign to address the heat emission issue and should have a solution for Samsung by March.
It is not known if that will be in time for Samsung's plans for manufacturing its new line of devices in 2015, but Qualcomm is undaunted since the Snapdragon 810 is obviously an integral part of the chipmaker's strategy.
For its part, LG has stated that heat levels are not solely about the CPU, but how a device is also designed to dissipate that heat. The company noted that the G Flex 2 was designed with the Snapdragon 810 in mind, so heat levels have remained within what LG deems optimal.
Samsung's latest flagships devices, Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge offers quite an amazing camera quality but lacks in terms of functionality as it surprisingly doesn't support RAW capture, which is a must for any photography enthusiast.
The upcoming Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update for the S6 and S6 Edge will bring RAW support and will also allow users to use the full potential of the phones class-leading 16 MP OIS camera, but should also bring about a lot more manual control over the camera.
Actually, RAW photo capture is not an entirely novice feature on the Galaxy S6 and its edged sibling. In fact, is we look back at some info from MWC 2015, in turns out the devices did have the functionality. But after the pair hit mass markets, it mysteriously disappeared. Perhaps Samsung wasn't quite ready to roll out the feature and there is really no reason for it to be absent, seeing how RAW support has been present in Google's own camera2 API ever since Android 5.0 Lollipop came out.
There is still no official information about Samsung's update schedule, but rumors have it that the Android 5.1.1 OTA update will start seeding as early as next month.
Samsung didn't forget the Dual-SIM variant of its latest flagship, the Korean Giant released the official Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Update to the Galaxy S6 DUOS (SM-G9200).
The Update is Available Over-the-air (OTA) only, didn't reach KIEs servers yet. The update package size is around 620MB in size and available in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. However, it's sure to spread to other markets soon.
Just as the changelog in the screenshot notes, aside from new Android build 5.1.1 Lollipop, the new software also brings with it some unnamed security enhancements, improved UI and system stability, and performance improvements.
According to a tweet from the usually reliable leakster @LlabTooFeR. Google seems to have presumably started the rollout of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow for its Android One range of smartphones.
Early reports indicate that Android 6.0.1 does not really bring anything new. The update probably only contains some bug fixes and stability improvements.
According to AndroidBeat, Cherry Mobile G1 smartphone in the Philippines is among the first Android One devices to receive the Android 6.0.1 update.
Android users across the world are probably eagerly waiting for roll out of the Android 6 Marshmallow update for their smartphones. While many OEMs are yet to officially confirm the dates, they have listed the devices which will be getting the latest OS update from Google.
It is currently pre-packaged with few smartphones like Google Nexus 5X, Google Nexus 6P and HTC One A9. The LG G4 users from Poland and South Korea have got upgraded to Android 6.0. Here is the status update of Android 6.0 Marshmallow for smartphones from different brands.
The Marshmallow update is scheduled to be rolled out to Samsung devices like the Galaxy Note 5 in the next month and In January 2016, the update will be shipped for Galaxy S6 Edge+, S6 Edge and S6 handsets. In February 2016, the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge are supposed to receive it. By the end of April 2016 this update will be available for the Galaxy S5.
As Android M has been rolled out for LG G4 users in certain regions, it is expected that this update will be available for other device across the globe. In Poland update will be received by Dec. 16 or 18. It's quite likely that the newly released LG V10 and LG Class phones will also get the update soon.
We can see from the chart released by HTC that the HTC One M9 and M8 will get the update by the end of 2015.
Other handsets that are eligible to receive the upgrade are - One M9+, One E9+, One E9, One ME, One E8, One M8 Eye, Butterfly 3, Desire 826, Desire 820 and Desire 816. Exact timeframe is yet to be released.
The Moto X Pure Edition (2015), Moto X Style, Moto X Play, Moto G (2015), Moto X Pure Edition (2014), Moto X (2014), Moto G (2014), Moto G LTE (2014), Droid Turbo, Moto MAXX (2014), and Moto Turbo (2014) are the device that are officially approved by Motorola to avail the Android 6.0 update. This list will also include the newly released Droid Turbo 2 and Droid MAXX 2.
Sony is yet to release any official timeframe to release the Marshmallow update for its smartphones. However, it has revealed that the smartphones like Android 6.0: Sony Xperia Z5, Z5 Premium, Z5 Compact, Z3+, Z3 Compact, Z2, M5, C5 Ultra, C4 and M4 Aqua will also get the update.
If you are in Europe and you are still using a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, we have good news for you today. It is only a matter of time before you are notified that the much awaited Marshmallow update has finally arrived on your Galaxy Note 4. The SD 805 powered N910F is among the last of the Note 4 variations to receive the major upgrade as Samsung looks to finish off its Marshmallow update schedule.
As expected, the update comes in a large OTA package of roughly 1.3 gigabytes. While all of the N910F models will be upgraded to Android version 6.0.1 post installation, the build number will vary depending on the particular country as well as the carrier. So far, news of the update's arrival has been reported mainly from the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Hungary. We expect similar reports from the other European countries to turn up soon.
The Note 4 will see significant improvements in speed and stability, along with a more up to date S-Pen interface. As was seen with similar updates for other versions, the screen off memo feature from the Note 5 will now be available on the Note 4 also. Expect Android M to arrive on the N910F with all its bells and whistles, like Dozing, customizable app permissions and a redesigned, lighter TouchWiz.
It seems Verizon has been developing Android Marshmallow update in the background. They are rolling out the latest version of Marshmallow for the LG G3 and flagship G4, as well as HTC's One M9 devices. Those where were eagerly waiting for this update can now enjoy the new Android flavor.
The Over the Air notification will connect with your device within a few more days. Then you'll be able to continue with the install. As usual your device needs to have at least 50 percent of full charge, and Wi-Fi connection is always recommended. Apart from that you should also keep a backup of your important data. This is a good way to avoid data loss if anything goes wrong while updating the smartphone.
There is an option to get the update manually.To go ahead with this, open up the Settings app on the LG G3 or G4, then browse through the following:
About Phone → Update Center → System Updates → Check for Update. In case of the HTC One M9, use the following steps: Settings → System Updates → HTC software update → Check Now.
Following Verizon, today T-Mobile is also about to release Marshmallow support to users of the HTC One M9. But, there is no info as of now on whether it's still on track. T-Mobile's LG G4 Marshmallow upgrade was initiated few week back, while the G3 is still in the waiting list.
Google has just released the first Over-the-air (OTA) update to the Android M Developer Preview. Google promised that the M Developer Preview would receive a couple of updates before the software becomes stable enough to be consumed by the general public, you can check the release road-map Here.
What's New ?
The Android M Developer Preview 2 update includes the up to date M release platform code, and near-final APIs for you to validate your app. To provide more testing support, we have refined the Nexus system images and emulator system images with the Android platform updates. In addition to platform updates, the system images also include Google Play services 7.6.
The preview can still only be installed on the LG Nexus 5, Motorola Nexus 6, HTC Nexus 9, and Asus Nexus Player. It comes with the up-to-date M release platform code, as well as near-final APIs.
Google has just started rolling-out Marshmallow 6.0 for its Nexus line-up.HTC VP Product Management, Mo Versi, announced that the HTC One M8 Google Play Edition (GPE) is getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. The original HTC One M8 users are still waiting for their Marshmallow update with Sense 7 UI.
@athreya7777 M8 GPE will include Marshmallow OS update. Our target is this month. Will advise once we are close to release.— Mo Versi (@moversi) October 6, 2015
The M8 GPE should get the OTA package by the end of this month (October), packing all the the tasty features of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Stay tuned with us and we will let you know when this update is Rolling-out, don't forget to follow the Official HTC Updates page.
HTC has officially announced its final list of devices that will receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow update in the period starting from the end of this year (2015) to early next year (2016). The list included One M8 and M9 and lots of other variants.
Unfortunately, the official list didn't include the HTC One M7 (2013), the first One family flagship. The Taiwanese company decided to Cancel the Marshmallow update to the One M7 as the device's support has ended already.
We would like to remind you that the HTC One M7 and One M7 Dual-SIM variants has already got Android 5.0/5.1 updates with all the security and bug fixes.
We already published the list of officially confirmed HTC devices that will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. Among those devices, the HTC One M8 which is the 2014 flagship, the device has already got Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update with Sense 6.0 UI.
HTC will bring the Sense 7.0 UI with the Marshmallow 6.0 update to the One M8. It looks like the One M8 could get the update a bit sooner given as the update for the handset has been certified by Bluetooth SIG. As you can see in the screenshot above, the certification was issued on October,28th.
Keep in mind that we're just speculating an early arrival of the update as the Bluetooth SIG filing doesn't contains any specific date related to the roll out.
HTC has officially announced the list of devices that will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. The list included the company's latest flagship device One M9 and his older brother One M8 too along with some other devices.
The HTC One M8 will get the new HTC Sense 7.0 UI for the first time with this Marshmallow 6.0 update after the Taiwanese company decided not to roll-out 5.1 for the M8. Now, got the first screenshots of the Sense 7.0 UI on the M8 running on top of Marshmallow 6.0 with all the new expected features.
As you can see it looks very close to the latest HTC One A9's user interface which was the first HTC device to launch with android 6.0 Marshmallow pre-installed. You will notice that the Sense 7.0 is getting flatter and more simple, new icons, new notification panel, updated themes app to support Sense 7.0 features, update system apps, updated home screen and widgets, updated settings menu, new lock screen, better battery management, better app permissions control along with lots of performance improvements and bug fixes.
The One M8 and M8 Marshmallow 6.0 update is expected to start rolling-out by the end of this year. Stay tuned and follow HTC official updates page here.
HTC has already announced its official list of devices that will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow few days ago. Now, we can update this list by adding a new device to this list.
HTC has confirmed that HTC Desire EYE will receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Sense 7.0 UI on top. The update is getting closer in Q1,2016 with lots of other devices on the Desire line.
Earlier, HTC had already released the Marshmallow update for all unlocked versions of the One A9 and now the same is being done for the Sprint versions. It seems like HTC is pretty serious about keeping the One A9 updated with the latest and greatest, not that anyone is complaining!
Users will be able to download and apply software package version 1.57.651.1 OTA, which will bring the awaited Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 to the Sprint One A9. This will add new features to the camera and make the battery last longer, and of course, there will be a lot of new emojis! Users will particularly appreciate the inclusion of native Wi-Fi calling that will now be supported by the One A9 without the need to download a third party software. One can expect a host of other micro improvements and addition of new features, much in the same way we saw with the unlocked One A9.
If you own one of Sprint's HTC One A9s and you are wondering why the update has not yet reached your phone, let us assure you that it is coming. All OTA updates are released in stages. What this means is that some devices may get the update before others, but all of them will be updated in a span of few days. If you cannot wait for a day or two, it is possible to download the RUU file (1.86GB) and flash the ROM by connecting your device with your PC. However, you will need HTC Sync manager to complete the process.
HTC already released the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update to the unlocked HTC One M8. The One M7 should get the same update on Early Feb,2015. As for the rest of the One Family, HTC initially promised to update all versions of its 2013 and 2014 flagship smartphone within 90 days of receiving the Android 5.0 code. However, it looks like there will be a slight delay...
Mo Versi, HTC's Vice President of product management delivered the news in a dedicated post. The delay is caused by issues Android 5.0 initially contained, which were subsequently fixed by Google with minor updates. HTC is working hard with Google and its carrier partners to incorporate the latter into its OS build.
HTC already updated several versions of the One M8. They include the factory unlocked model, the Developer Edition, and the Google Play variant. Mo Versi promises "good news to share soon" on the rest of the One family.
The original HTC One (M7) is finally getting the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update in Europe Reports have been flooding in from our readers that the two year old handset is getting the OTA all over the continent. The package itself contains an Android 5.0.2 build, about 805 MB in size and brings important bug fixes, as well as enhancements.
According to the changelog the lockscreen and notification system have been updated for a new material Android 5.0 look. Other additions include multiple pages within the recent apps interface as well as a new search function within the settings menu.
The Google Play edition of the handset has been enoying the new OS version for quite some time now, but HTC did keep their word to bring Lollipop to the One M7 despite the skipped 90 day deadline form last November.
Google is currently rolling-out the official Android 5.1 Lollipop update to the HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition (GPE). The update is Available Over-the-air with size of 244MB.
Android 5.1 Lollipop brings various bug fixes, performance improvements, security updates and HD voice support to the One (M8). Other Android 5.1 goodies include the ability control paired Bluetooth devices from Quick Settings. Users can also join Wi-Fi networks in a similar way.
Original HTC One (M8) users is still on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop with Sense 6.0 UI on board, waiting for the 5.0.2 update with Sense 7 UI.
Many of the HTC One M8 users are waiting on fire for the New Sense 7.0 UI to hit their devices. Today, we have some good news for HTC users worldwide, HTC ROM developer @LlabTooFeR (trusted for HTC news) just tweeted some that Sense 7.0 UI will come with Android 5.1 Lollipop Update to the HTC One M8, One M8s, Desire Eye, Butterfly 2 and some other devices.
Non of the current devices will get Android 5.0.2 + Sense 7.0 (except M9)...Sense 7.0 become available with Android 5.1 only on some models.— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) April 10, 2015
According to the source, the Android 5.0.2 update for HTC won't pack the Sense 7.0 UI like what's on the HTC One M9 currently. This means that current M8 users will have to wait a while for 5.1 Lollipop update to enjoy the New Sense 7.0 UI.
For sure Sense 7.0 will be available as update for M8, M8s, Desire EYE, Butterfly 2 and some other devices...— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) April 10, 2015
As for the HTC One M7, it's not clear yet if it will get updated to Sense 7.0 UI or not. The 2 years old flagship already received the 5.0.1 Lollipop update with Sense 6.0 UI earlier this year. Hopefully, HTC won't forget its loyal "One" users.
Great News for M8 users... HTC UK has just officially confirmed that the company's previous flagship device, HTC One M8, will get the Official Android 5.1 Lollipop Update with Sense 7.0 UI in August,2015 which is only 4 months away.
@JKMcCloskey Hey James, the HTC One M8 will have a Software Update for Android Version 5.1 and Sense 7 in August 2015 :)— HTC UK (@HTC_UK) April 29, 2015
HTC UK made this announcement regarding the unlocked variant of the HTC One (M8) via its official twitter account.
After this update the device will pack the same exact HTC One (M9) User Interface which includes major improvements is that you can change the grip app switcher to stock Lollipop style. App reshuffling, some new widgets, BlinkFeed updates and other changes are also part of the update.
I heard you all on M7 5.1 for Carrier versions. Many of the fixes are already in our current SW, but understand your concerns. Stay tuned.— Mo Versi (@moversi) March 20, 2015
In other hands, HTC product manager "Mo Versi" has also confirmed via his own twitter account that Android 5.1 Lollipop update for the company's first one flagship, HTC One (M7) too. It's not clear if the 3-years old device will get Sense 7.0 UI along with the new Lollipop build or not.
HTC annouced that it will release Sense 7.0 UI for the One M8 with Android M update instead of Lollipop 5.1.1 Update - More Info Here
Many HTC users are still waiting for their Android 5.0 Lollipop update to reach their device. Sadly, today we got some bad news for the One mini 2 owners. Due to performance related issues HTC has officially Canceled the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the HTC One mini 2.
The News came from HTC's official twitter account responding to user query about the One mini 2 update release date. HTC said that it "Lollipop on the One mini 2 will not provide an optimal experience".
This may be caused by limited hardware capabilities or performance issues as the HTC One mini 2 is powered by Snapdragon 400 and a 1GB LPDDR2 RAM.
@EdoardoBerti We determined that Lollipop on the One mini 2 will not provide an optimal experience; it isn't scheduled to receive the update— HTC (@htc) April 27, 2015
Also, YouMobile is launching a New HTC Official Updates Page to track all Android Lollipop update being released for HTC devices worldwide, we Track the updates so you don't have to, Coming soon on HTC.YouMobile.com
Few weeks ago, HTC has confirmed that HTC One mini 2 Android 5.0 Lollipop Update has been canceled due to performance issues. Today, HTC also confirmed via twitter that the Original HTC One mini won't be getting the Lollipop update.
@reekeanu The HTC One Mini will not receive the Lollipop update.— HTC (@htc) May 3, 2015
The original One Mini was launched back in 2013 shortly after the original One M7. Considering the newer One Mini isn't getting the update, it's no surprise that the older one isn't either. However, this is rather unbecoming of a company to launch phones under the flagship brand name and then just leave them out in the cold later when it comes to updates.
HTC One (M7) Dual-SIM is getting its official Android 5.0 Lollipop update, the update is available in India Over-the-air (OTA). Will start rolling-out to other regions in the next few weeks.
After applying the update, which is around 675MB in size, the device runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, with software version 7.117.720.6.
The roll-out comes just over a week after HTC revealed that the One Mini as well as the One Mini 2 won't be getting the update. It's also worth mentioning that the regular version of the M7 started receiving Lollipop back in March this year.
HTC One Max has started receiving its official Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Weighing in at around 760MB, the over-the-air (OTA) update is currently rolling out in select Asian and European countries, including Taiwan, France, Italy, Poland, and Czech Republic.
For those who aren't in the know, according to a previously leaked schedule, the One Max was expected to start receiving the update back in March this year.
Good News for M9 users, Mo Versi, HTC's VP of product management announced via his twitter account that AT&T HTC One M9 Android 5.1 Lollipop update will start rolling-out OTA (Over-the-air) today.
HTC One (M9) AT&T Owners! We have received technical approval on Lollipop OS 5.1 which includes camera improvements. OTA to start on 7/15!!— Mo Versi (@moversi) July 14, 2015
HTC's Android 5.1 update will pack data performance, call drop enhancements, various bug fixes and Battery life improvements.
Even more importantly, the camera of the HTC One M9 has received a number of optimizations with the update. The temperature management of the device has also been tweaked in order handle that Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset better.
HTC has already confirmed that its latest flagship, HTC One M9 and One M9+ will get official Android M update later this year.
Today, HTC's VP of product Mo Versi, has confirmed via its twitter account that the HTC One M8 will get the upcoming official Android M update.
Whatever the new version gets called Marshmallow, Muffin, or M&Ms last year's HTC flagship will be basking in its under-the-hood and over the top improvements at some point, after Google releases the source code to manufacturers in the fall.
HTC Desire EYE official Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update is Rolling-out to Unlocked variants and AT&T variant of the device. The news has been confirmed via users and HTC's VP product manager Mo Versi on twitter too.
Great news for HTC Desire Eye AT&T owners! We've just received technical approval for Lollipop update! OTA to start tomorrow!— Mo Versi (@moversi) June 30, 2015
The New Lollipop 5.0.1 update brings an updated UI with Material Design but still keeping the same Sense UI v6.0 on the device. New Apps, Update Notification Panel, updated lockscreen along with various bug fixes and performance improvements.
HTC Desire EYE Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update with Sense 7.0 UI is expected to be released in the next few months too with .
The HTC One M8 GPE (Google Play Edition) and HTC One M7 GPE (Google Play Edition) Android 5.1 Lollipop updates are currently Rolling-out Over-the-air (OTA), Google has approved the update and HTC GPE users should get a notification on their devices to get the new update which is Sense UI free.
Approval for both M8 & M7 GPE versions have been granted by Google for 5.1 OS. OTA out shortly!— Mo Versi (@moversi) April 8, 2015
The most important part of this update is the Memory leak bug fix that was reported before on 5.0.2 build, the update also includes the usual bug fixes and performance improvements.
However, there is still no official confirmation if One M8 (GPE) or One M7 (GPE) will get Android M update or not but it's up to Google to decided, Stay tuned!
HTC has started Rolling-out official Android 5.1 Lollipop update to its latest flagship devices, HTC One M9 and HTC One M9+ (unlocked variants). Carrier variants should start getting the same update in the upcoming few weeks.
The Update packs Android build 5.1 (Software version 2.8.617.4) keeping the same Sense 7.0 UI version but with few extra tweaks that includes new UI animations, improved sound controls that allow the user to enable Do Not Disturb mode but still allow alarms through and Camera enhancements.
In this update HTC is giving M9 users the ability to tweak the color temperature of their phone's display. The One M9 Lollipop 5.1 update brings multi-user support that allows Guest access to your device or a second user (using his own Google/HTC account), so that he can install his own apps and access his account using the device without affecting the original owner's data/account.
HTC has started rolling-out the official Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the One E8. The One E8 is considered to be the mid-range variant of the One M8. The Update is Available Over-the-air (OTA) to all carriers/unlocked One E8 variants.
The HTC One E8 update packs many performance improvements, new lock screen, new notification panel and updated User Interface but still keeps the Sense UI v6.0 on the Android 5.0.1 lollipop build.
HTC is rolling-out its official Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the HTC Desire 816 device. The Update is Available Over-the-air (OTA) to all carriers/unlocked Desire 816 variants and its size is about 860MB.
The HTC Desire 816 update packs many performance improvements, new lock screen, new notification panel and updated User Interface but still keeps the Sense UI v6.0 on the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop build.
According to HTC's Product and Service Director, the HTC One M9 official Android 5.1 Lollipop update should be live now for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Android 5.1 coming to EMEA HTC One m9 devices tomorrow...enjoygraham wheeler (@wheelergd) August 3, 2015
The update OTA package size will be about 831MB. In addition to all the new features in Android 5.1, the update improves the amount of time taken to charge the battery.
HTC is rolling out the update in stages, so if you don't see the OTA just yet, hold tight. It's coming.
We reported before that HTC will be releasing the Android 5.1 Lollipop Update for the One M8 and One M8s with Sense 7.0 UI and few security and bug fixes. Well, they have changed their plans!
According to Mo verse, HTC VP Product Management, the HTC One M8 will Sense 7.0 UI but with the official Android M update which will be by the end of this year or early 2016 (still not-confirmed). He tweeted this as a reply to a fan requested info regarding the M8 Sense 7 release.
@harshitsharma04 Will be tied to the M release. Thanks.— Mo Versi (@moversi) August 6, 2015
However, the One M8 users will set to get all the Lollipop security improvements and bug fixes but keeping the same Sense 6.0 UI as it is, So if you are waiting for Sense 7 to hit your device you gonna need to hold-on a little bit longer.
Stay tuned and check the Official HTC Updates Page to stay up-to-date!
We have already reported that the Original HTC Desire 816 received its official Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update. Now, it's the turn for the Dual-SIM variant of HTC Desire 816G to get the same Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update.
According to the latest reports we got from our HTC Official Updates Tracker, The Desire 816G is expected to get the Lollipop update is currently under "Testing" and should start Rolling-out during the last Quarter of the year (Q4,2015).
The HTC Desire 816H update will pack many performance improvements, new lock screen, new notification panel and updated User Interface but still keeps the Sense UI v6.0 on the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop build. You can check the official update change-log on the screenshot below (taken from an HTC Desire 816 original variant).
Plans for Updating this variant to Android 5.1 Lollipop or Marshmallow 6.0 is still not clear yet, stay tuned!
Source [HTC Updates]
HTC users are eagerly waiting for their Lollipop 5.1.1 Update, especially the HTC One M9 owners who bought the company's latest expensive flagship.
Now, the Official Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update is rolling-out Over-the-air (OTA) to HTC One M9 users worldwide. The update packs the hugely acclaimed Stagefright exploit patch.
The OTA package is about 900MB in size and brings lots of bug fixes, security enhancements and performance improvements to the flagship which is expected to receive the Marshmallow update by Early 2016.
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HTC brought the One A9 to the world a month ago today and the company's America president, Jason Mackenzie, assured that the phone would get new Android update 15 days after Google's update is pushed to the Nexus devices.
After a few weeks from release, HTC has confirmed that this won't be applicable to only the new numbered versions of Android. They say that they're actually committed to get monthly security patches, just like Google's recent November update, pushed to U.S. unlocked A9s "within 15 business days of Google's first push to Nexus". Although it is a few days more than 15 days, the update to the latest Marshmallow can be considered timely.
A spokesperson from HTC gave the following official statement:
"We expect the software update with Google's November security patches to receive TA (Technical Acceptance) later today and roll out to customers immediately thereafter".
So if you own a U.S. unlocked HTC One A9, soon you'll get an OTA notification. Unfortunately, other versions of the A9 along with carrier-branded and unlocked European models won't enjoy the 15-day update as they are deployed on a different software track.
By the way, as per a tweet from HTC's Mo Versi, tonight the November security update and the updates for camera and battery will be rolled out.
The HTC HD2 unfortunately didn't receive the update to Windows Phone 7 although it had adept hardware configuration at that time. Thanks to the efforts of the developer community, the smartphone is still functional and supported with latest versions of different operating systems like Android Marshmallow, which was recently ported to the device.
It has been under a year since Lollipop was made available to the mighty HD2 with most features working and now the hackers from XDA-Developers have accomplished the same with Android's latest version. Strange thing is that, Marshmallow is currently not supported by quite a few new smartphones.
As per XDA-Developers member macs18max, the Marshmallow port for HD2, based on CyanogenMod 13 doesn't have compatibility with all the features and only the display, Wi-Fi and audio are functional. There's no information on its ability to access a cellular network anytime soon, which makes the build unusable.
The other operating systems which were ported to the HD2 in the past are Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8, Windows RT and Firefox OS, along with Android versions 2.2 Froyo, 2.3 Gingerbread, 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.1 to 4.3 Jelly Bean and 4.4 KitKat.
Yesterday, HTC announced that it received the Android 5.0 Lollipop source code from Google and it is currently working on developing the update. HTC confirmed that it bring lollipop to the HTC One M8 and One M7 in 90 days starting from (Nov,3rd).
So, depending on the date timeline the company announced, If you own an HTC One M8 or One M7 you should expect Lollipop OTA update to hit your phone sometime during February,2015.
First HTC device to get Android 5.0 Lollipop is the Nexus 9 which is now Available on the Play Store.
If you own an HTC One M8 or One M7 Google Play Edition, you'll get your Lollipop treat very soon. Google is already rolling-out Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to its Nexus line-up right now. HTC already got the source code of the Lollipop earlier this month, regular HTC One devices will get the update by Feb,2015 and GPE is during this month.
According to a new Tweet from an HTC's Rep, they ran into a small problem but they are still targeting to a Friday release. So, if you have an HTC One M8 GPE or M7 GPE you should get the update by the Eend of this week.
HTC's Android 5.0 Lollipop update is coming on Early February,2015. In the Update HTC is working on integrating its Sense UI into the Lollipop to bring the HTC Sense 6.5 along. In the latest Leaked screenshots of the Sene 6.5, HTC fully integrated Lollipop's recent apps switcher, a rolodex-style cards interface that gives you a visually appealing interface for jumping between your most recently used apps. The last bit HTC borrowed from AOSP was the ability to search for specific settings inside the Settings app.
Beyond all that, HTC is looking to bring something of their own. It's Easy Mode, which makes the user interface much simpler to use for those who might find the default smartphone experience too daunting for them.
Easy Mode's interface will put the most important apps right in your face, with a button to access all apps sitting below all that. You can add and remove apps at your own discretion so those who opt to use this mode do get a bit of customization. It should be easy enough to switch between the two modes, so those who start off using Easy Mode can graduate to the full home-screen experience to lay things out exactly as they want it.
We already posted some leaked screenshots of HTC's Sense 7 UI earlier last month. Today, Android developer @LlabTooFeR said on Twitter that the Android 5.0 update for the HTC One M8 and M7 won't bring Sense 7.0. Both phones will still have essentially the same Sense 6 as on the KitKat ROM.
The Sense 7.0 update is said to arrive first on the upcoming HTC "Hima" flagship arriving by early next year. The 2014 gen devices are said to get the 7.0 update by the middle of next year, around May,2015. Still No official confirmation from HTC, yet.