In addition to expanding its enhanced 4G LTE service today, Sprint has also started rolling out a rather hefty over-the-air update to all its carrier-branded variants of HTC’s flagship smartphone, the One (M8), currently located in the United States.
Weighing in at 250MB, the upgrade transports the Taiwanese company’s recently-announced Eye Experience camera software, together with a bunch of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.
Hit the break to see the full changelog.
Sprint has today expanded its Spark LTE service to include 17 new locations, which now makes a total of 46 markets across the US where the enhanced coverage is currently available. Spark is an optimized version of the operator’s LTE network, which is designed to deliver peak wireless speeds of between 50-60 Mbps on a number of capable device, including the HTC One (M8), Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z3, and many more.
HTC has already confirmed that they’re planning on getting the Android 5.0 update out to the HTC One M7 and M8 within 90 days of receiving the code from Google. However, they haven’t clarified anything about other devices, but fortunately a leaked roadmap has shed some light on what devices will receive the update, and when that will happen.
The M7 and M8 are still slated for what will probably be a January/February release. The Google Play Editions of those devices are probably going to see an update much earlier, though, with a release date pegged for late November or early December.
In June, HTC promised that once they had access to the, then, Android L code, the HTC One M8 will see the sweet taste of Android 5.0 within 90 days. Well… the Taiwanese company reaffirmed that today in a tweet but also confirmed something else.
Thanks to a new application designed and coded by TeamAndIRC, a loyal member of the XDA Developer forums, Android users can now automatically unlock the bootloader on a bunch of Motorola and HTC branded smartphones from 2013.
Getting started is super easy. All you have to do is visit the download thread over on XDA, pay the service registration fee of $25 (which will be refunded if it does not work), install the Sunshine Bootloader Unlock on your device, and open it up. Then hit the start button and watch your bootloader unlock right in front of your eyes.
Bad news for Verizon HTC One users today: according to HTC’s VP of product management, the HTC One M8 OTA update has been delayed until tomorrow due to an un-revealed issue. However, this is hardly anything to get too worried about, since the update should be released tomorrow without any issues. This update is the same one that was released last week to the M7. A highlight of the update is the new Extreme Power Saving Mode.
It may be a generation old now, but the HTC UK team thinks the HTC One (M7) is still something special, especially after being named the “Best Phone of 2013″ by an unknown source. To celebrate, they have had a 24k gold plated version of the device made and will be giving it away via a Twitter-based contest.
The full rules are available on their Facebook page. Entrants are only allowed one entry, accomplished by retweeting a specific tweet. The winner does have to be a resident of the U.K. If you are interested, you have until the end of the day on June 29th to get your entry in.
source: @HTC_UK, HTC UK on Facebook (rules)
HTC will come through with its promise of 2 years of support to One (M7) owners this week — the device will be updated to Sense 6 this week.
Unlocked and developer editions of the device were updated last week, and the T-Mobile variant followed shortly after. It appears that Verizon is preparing to send out the update this week.
Carrying around an HTC One (M7) with T-Mobile? Go ahead and grab a software update. The carrier is rolling out the Sense 6 update to HTC’s flagship from last year. It brings a flew of features such as an updated BlinkFeed and a tidier launcher. The update started rolling out on Friday, so many of you should have gotten the update already.
Let us know in the comments how you are liking the update.
Source: T-Mobile Support
Good news for HTC One (M7) owners — you might have thought with the release of the M8, HTC forgot about you. But now we’re receiving news that the developer edition and unlocked models of the phone are receiving a pretty large update (667 MB), including Sense 6.
However, because of the device’s hardware limitations, motion gestures and the advanced DuoCamera effects like UFocus, Foregrounder, Seasons and Dimensions Plus are not included in the update. This was expected though, because the M7 only has a single camera on the back, and does not feature a depth sensor like the M8 currently does.
Let us know if you receive an update and how it goes.