HTC One M8

HTC just dropped us the following on its plans for updating to the still-unnamed L release of Android: Updates will start within 90 days of getting the code from Google for the HTC One M8 and M7, and other phones will follow.

"HTC is excited about the new features in the Android L release and we can't wait to share them with our customers. We are committed to updating our flagship HTC One family as fast as possible as part of our HTC Advantage program. We will begin rolling out updates to the HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) worldwide within 90 days of receiving final software from Google, followed shortly thereafter by other One family members and select devices. HTC Advantage protects your smartphone investment, ensuring you have the best smartphone experience long after purchase."


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HTC: Android L updates start within 90 days of getting code


Honestly, being that Google is announcing the update so far in advance (it's usually announced and released around the same time) and releasing the necessary tools to code for it, 90 days from FINAL code is a ridiculous timeframe. It should be 30 days MAX.

You know that its not an easy job to have to update the code and get everything working. 90 days is a good enough time to wait imo and lucky for me I bought the developer M8 so I won't have to wait for any damn carrier

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Yep, I got a dev edition M7. Quite nice to not have to wait for carriers.

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I much rather wait 90 days for a well tested update than a buggy ass rushed release. Easily.

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Can't ever please everyone, huh.

HTC could say the you'll have it in a week, and someone out there will complain that it shouldn't be longer than 24 hours.

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Google isn't releasing the source code, so I am not sure how you expect HTC to work on something they don't have?!

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With "L" coming to the M7, HTC is stepping forward as a leader in supporting their hardware. I'm still digging the Sense 6 update I just got recently but more updates = more happiness!

it does with no battery problems, apps crashing or lagging? those are some of the things I have experienced since I got 4.3 on m VZW s3.

A leader? They are still in 3rd place in updates after Motorola and Samsung. 4th if you count Nexus.

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Hopefully they do a ton of UI overhauls, because that's what Android L is bringing. I don't want to be stuck with the "same old look" by next generation :P

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I don't think they'll manage to build a new Sense. Sense 6 came out in March and is already really nice looking.

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Well Sense 6 already looks like Android L. We won't get any UI overhaul to Sense until Sense 7.

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I'm grateful for any update so if it take 90 days so what.

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Outstanding effort by HTC to address a major source of dissatisfaction.

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You would have thought that they would have learned from the last time they said crap like this....

Why? I didn't have any issues getting updates on my M7 last year and they were completely transparent the whole time. People's expectations are becoming ridiculous with these updates. They are giving out the information they have and giving people their timetable. Remember all the bitching about manufacturers keepping us all in the dark just a year ago? Now we get one who regularly lets people know where they stand and the complaining still continues.

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yeah but the venom was pretty thick when HTC missed the self imposed deadline before.

I do agree that people are nuts about these update cycles. It is the Nexus/iPhone effect. I would rather wait and have it work well then get 4.4.2, 4.4.3 and 4.4.4 betas come out like they did

Actually HTC didn't miss the deadline. The unlocked and developer editions for it. They update was delivered to the carriers. The carriers missed the update

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I'm guessing they won't make it within 90 days and the entire AC crowd will vilify the carriers (especially Verizon) for it

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That's always the question: did the OEM miss the update deadline, or are the carriers just "sitting" on the update? I have a Samsung Tab 2 10.1 on Sprint. Every other model on the planet has been updated to 4.3, but Sprint doesn't appear to have any interest in pushing out that update, so I'm sitting on 4.1. It's incredibly frustrating, especially when I read that the 4.3 update fixed some fairly major annoyances with the 4.1 software.

Well let's see. HTC didn't miss the deadline. All variants got the update but the carrier models. So it was the carriers.

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Very excited and great news having a HTC One M8. Hope Sense 6.5 or 7 takes design ques from the L release or I may convert my device to GPE. Thank the Google gods for GPE devices.

Not *that* obvious since the usual support time-frame is 18 months.
Props to HTC for their efforts anyways, they deserve to make more money than to do now.

So glad to be a owner of a developer edition M8. HTC got it going on.

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This is why I have a Nexus device bro. HTC wants to do it in 90 days which means Google can and will do it even quicker.

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Not always.... Didn't the moto X beat out nexus devices receiving an update earlier this year?

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I'm least worried about the Android updates for my M7, anyway most of the features will be limited by the manufacturer themselves, unless I'm a Nexus user. What matters to me is the UI updates from HTC, they should be never ending ;)

Looking forward to it. I've been happy with the M7 updates so far, especially Sense 6.

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Why does everybody keep bitching about the updates..will you never be satisfied...HTC are good enough to give us a timescale ..I say good on them ..
It will be here when its properly tested..and ready for release..
Android l looks good looking forward to it ..

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HTC say they will have the update out within a week of release and people would still bitch and complain.

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