Independent retailer Belsimpel has today launched HTC’s upscaled variant of its flagship smartphone in the Netherlands. The One M9+ is available to purchase from the company’s website for €699 ($775) and is expected to leave the warehouse within 1 day of ordering — so if you order today it should be with you on Friday, July 3.
Everyone wants Android Lollipop on their smartphones, but due to hardware restrictions and red-tape from carriers, it’s difficult to make that a speedy process. However, AT&T and HTC have made headway in getting Android 5.0 on the HTC Desire EYE in the US fairly soon.
Interestingly enough, the update hasn’t gone live just yet. But, it shouldn’t be long before some HTC Desire EYE owners begin seeing the notification to install Android 5.0 Lollipop on their devices, as HTC’s VP of Product Management Mo Versi said it was going out today.
Has anyone gotten the update yet?
The HTC One M9 Plus is now available for pre-order in the United Kingdom through retailer Mobile Fun. The device was originally only available in select Asian markets, along with a handful of options to buy in the US via third-party sellers on Amazon.
There may not be many Desire Eye owners roaming the country, but June 30 will be an exciting day for them. The device’s exclusive carrier, AT&T, will release a software update that bumps it up to Lollipop.
Mo Versi, the HTC employee who announced the update’s impending release, did not specify the exact version of Lollipop coming to the Desire Eye. So it could be Android 5.0 or 5.1, but we will know for which one tomorrow.
Source: Mo Versi (Twitter)
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Looking back, HTC might well regret announcing the One M9 handset on the same day that Samsung unveiled its metal and glass Galaxy S6 and S6 edge devices at MWC. Samsung’s devices stole the show, and HTC is struggling to recover. Despite the HTC One M9 being more refined than its predecessors, moving to a more traditional camera setup and using the latest Qualcomm silicon, the handset is not selling well.
Some new devices from HTC showed up in the FCC database apparently heading to Verizon. According to the filings, both devices are listed as smartphones and they appear to have support for Verizon’s CDMA and LTE bands. The lack of support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi may point to them being budget-oriented devices. Read more