Another device from HTC is being prepared to receive a software update that brings with it the latest version of Android. This weekend, the Harman Kardon Edition of the HTC One (M8) on Sprint will see Android 5.0 Lollipop arrive. Mo Versi, HTC’s Vice President of Product Management, shared the news on Twitter, saying that the over-the-air (OTA) update would start this weekend.
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Comparing Android to iOS is always a delicate topic. Both sides have hard-core fans who are often unable to appreciate what the opposite number brings to the table. One aspect that is often brought up by iOS fans when debating which OS is best is the alleged ‘bugginess’ of the Android operating system when compared to the ‘reliability’ of Apple’s mobile offering. This point of contention would appear to be invalid though, with the news that the latest version of Android (Lollipop) offers increased stability. By comparison, it seems that iOS 8 has gone in the opposite direction, with it’s users experiencing higher app crash rates.
When the Galaxy S 6 is unveiled at MWC 2015 in a few weeks, the software behind the handset will be very different than any Samsung device before in history. Practically every Samsung device released to date has been filled with pre-installed apps from both the company itself or third-party providers. The company is known for its inclusion of ‘everything but the kitchen sink.’ The Galaxy S 6, though, will change that.
The HTC One (M8) for T-Mobile was originally scheduled to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop in a software update sometime today. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be happening as there is an hour left in the day (on the east coast) and no such update has arrived. On T-Mobile’s support page for the HTC handset, February 10 is listed as the new date for Lollipop to start rolling out. The software update will be labeled as build 4.20.531.4 and the start of the roll out is tomorrow; therefore, it may take a few days for the update to reach all device owners.
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Embattled upstart OnePlus has announced the release date for its OxygenOS Android overlay: February 12th. The announcement came via OnePlus CEO Peter Lau’s Weibo page, where he posted an image of four individuals, one of whom is wearing a cowboy hat, basked in ethereal mystery, apparently poised to usher in this new era of Oxygen.
The HTC One (M7) on Sprint is not the carrier’s only device receiving a software update this week. Tomorrow, the Samsung Galaxy S 5 will also receive a software update moving it away from KitKat and into Lollipop. On its own site, Samsung revealed that February 5 would be the start of the software update’s rollout on the Galaxy S 5.
Here is the changelog provided by Samsung:
- Android OS updated to v5.0 Lollipop
- Enhanced VoWiFi UI
- Lumen toolbar removed
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Tomorrow, February 5, will be a very special day for owners of the HTC One (M7) on Sprint’s network. The carrier has approved an update that will deliver the (almost) latest version of Android to the HTC flagship of 2013. HTC’s VP of Product Management, Mo Versi, announced on Twitter that Android 5.0.1 would begin rolling out to the One (M7) in an over-the-air (OTA) update.
Despite breaking its promise, we are glad to see HTC delivering Lollipop goodness to its devices.
Source: @moversi (Twitter)
Even newer devices that have been on the market for just a few months are without any form of Android 5.0 Lollipop. While we know why the Galaxy Note 4 has been slow to receiving the update, nothing has been said regarding the Galaxy Note Edge. The likely reason would be that it is taking Samsung a lot of time to tailor the software for the curved portion of the display. Fortunately for those tired of waiting, a build of Android 5.0.1 for the Galaxy Note Edge has leaked.
OnePlus has never been able to completely hold in a secret, frequently dropping hints and teases ahead of official releases. Not making any exceptions, OnePlus brings us a quick taste of their newest Android ROM: OxygenOS.
OxygenOS is expected to have an official reveal on February 12th.
Owners of the Galaxy Note 4 are probably wondering where the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is. The device is the newest to be released by Samsung and the software launched right around the same time as the Galaxy Note 4. Apparently, Oculus is to blame. More specifically, the company behind Samsung’s Gear VR is busy adjusting the kernel specifically for the headset. This is because the Gear VR and Galaxy Note 4 are dependent upon one another (for now). The Gear VR was developed by Oculus and the company has to make the adjustments rather than Samsung itself.
At this time, there is no word as to when the update can be expected. The safe bet is likely late February into early March.