HTC promised last year that it would roll out Android 5.0 to its One M8 flagship, and its M7 predecessor, by February 2, 2015, and a report earlier this month indicated that the final build was being compiled and prepared for release by the middle of January.
On January 14th we reported that Android 5.0 Lollipop was being rolled out to HTC One M8 users, but Europe was apparently left out in the cold until now. Jeff Gordon, HTC's Senior Global Online Communications Manager tweeted yesterday that those in Europe should check for updates, as Android 5.0 was finally being made available.
There is a catch, however: the update can only be applied to unlocked and developer HTC One M8 handsets. If you've got an HTC One M8 tied to a carrier, then you're going to have to wait a bit longer until your network releases its own version of the Android 5.0 Lollipop update.
The update now rolling out to the One M8 is 780MB in size, and below are the key improvements it brings:
- Android 5.0 Lollipop update
- Lock screen and Notification: New Lollipop UI style with enhanced privacy features
- Recent apps: Supporting multiple pages
- Addition of search function within settings
As for the HTC One M7, Versi said that the Android 5.0 update is still "going through the certification process", so it may be a while longer before the update is ready for that device. If you're feeling a bit adventurous though, you could always follow our guide to update your M7 to Lollipop ahead of the official release.