HTC Corporation has begun sending out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to its Google Play Edition HTC One M8 and HTC One M7 as of Friday, keeping its promise for a speedy rollout after Google launched the new software in October.
The HTC One M8 and HTC One M7 Google Play Editions are now updating to Android 5.0.1 as Google released a patch update for the system Thursday to address a number of issues, including the “factory reset bug” and the “video playback bug.” The HTC flagships are currently the only devices outside of Google’s Nexus line running Android 5.0.1 Lollipop.
HTC has sent out the Android 5.0.1 update over-the-air, meaning the update should reach the smartphones wirelessly; users should be prompted to update their devices automatically once the software hits. But users can also access Settings > About > Software updates on their device to see if an update is available. The system build or exact system version is called LRX22C and will take up about 500MB of memory on either device. Savvy users can also use the software in the links below to install the update manually.
The HTC One M8 and HTC One M7 Google Play Editions are updating from Android 4.4.4 KitKat, meaning the devices will see a major over their systems. Android 5.0 introduced such new features as the Material Design user interface, a revamp of the notifications function, major updates for battery life, security, device sharing, performance and media, among many enhancements.
Standard models of the HTC One M8 and HTC One M7 are expected to update to Android 5.0 in February, while other devices expected to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop include the HTC Desire EYE, HTC One (M8) Dual SIM, HTC One (M7) Dual SIM, HTC One (E8), HTC One (E8) Dual SIM and HTC Butterfly 2, which may update between January and March. The HTC One Mini 2, Desire 816 should update between March and April. The HTC One Max, HTC One Mini, HTC Butterfly S may update between March and May.
Users can check HTC’s update information page to find out whether their device is close to receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop.