HTC announces global update for One M9 to improve camera and battery performance

Back in March, just ahead of Mobile World Congress 2015, HTC unveiled its latest Android flagship, the One M9. But although the company's new range-topper made a pretty decent first impression at MWC, it's far from perfect, as we discovered in our recent review.

One of our main criticisms was that the camera wasn't exactly flagship-class, and that such a high-end device should really have done better in this area. But that's one aspect of the handset that HTC is aiming to improve as it rolls out a new global software update for the One M9.

The update is already available in China and is now making its way to European markets, and alongside camera enhancements, battery life is another area in which HTC hopes to make things a little better for owners of the One M9. The company's release notes for the update reveal a bit more detail:

Camera

  • Greater auto-exposure balance algorithm to improve overall dynamic range, so images appear more detailed and balanced, especially in bright light conditions
  • Additional improvements for pictures taken in low light, so images are clearer, detail is more apparent, and colors appear truer to life

Battery Life & Charging

  • Overall improvements to battery life, which reduce power consumption by YouTube, Facebook, and other popular social apps like Skype and Google Hangouts, so you can watch more videos or have video chats with your loved ones for longer periods of time
  • Improved smart charging, so your phone stays cooler while it’s being charged

Owners of the device can look forward to an upcoming OS update too, as HTC has confirmed - not at all surprisingly - that the One M9 will be upgraded to the new Android 'M' release when it becomes available later this year.

Thanks for the tip, JP!

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