HTC One M7 and HTC One M8 GPE (Google Play Edition) smartphones are receiving the latest Android 5.0.1 Lollipop firmware update, following the report of Samsung’s rollout of Android 5.0.1 update to its Galaxy S5 devices.
As of now, Android Lollipop’s market share is less than 0.1 percent, based on all Android devices that connected to Google Play services. The scenario might change soon, as many smartphone-makers began to roll out the new update aggressively.
The new firmware build is reported as LRX22C, which is based on Android 5.0.1, and that means, HTC will be rolling out Android 5.0.1 updates to every supported handset by skipping the original Android 5.0 version of the firmware. This firmware update packed in a 511MB package and available via OTA. In order to update your smartphones to the latest version of the software, your device need to have at least Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
HTC has also announced that the carrier version (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile) of HTC One M7 and M8 will be getting the same Android 5.0.1 update by February 2015. That means, HTC will start rolling out the new firmware update to these devices in January itself.
There is also a possibility of getting the latest Android Lollipop update to similar HTC phones such as HTC One M8 Dual-SIM, HTC Desire Eye, HTC Butterfly 2, and HTC One E8 Dual-SIM. You may expect the updates to roll out in January to March 2015. HTC will be sending out the update to its HTC Desire 816 and One Mini 2 smartphones in March-April period, while the old devices like HTC Butterfly S, One Mini and One Max will be getting the Lollipop update in May 2015.
There is a 64-bit smartphone in HTC’s catalogue – HTC Desire 820. There is no word related to the Android Lollipop update to this device. Maybe, the company is testing the latest firmware on this device, hence you might receive the update in March to May period – just an expectation.
Earlier in November 4, 2014, HTC announced, “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.” That means, by February first week, almost every high-end HTC phones might get the Lollipop treat if they adhere to their commitment to the users.
HTC One M7 GPE owners can manually download the update by downloading it from Google’s servers – here.