HTC One M7, M8 Users Miss Out On Android 5.0 Lollipop Update

HTC missed the deadline of Feb. 1 to deliver the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to U.S. owners of the HTC One M7 and M8. That means HTC users will have to wait even longer for the Android update.

There is one conflicting report that states some M8 users on T-Mobile may get the Lollipop update on Tuesday, Feb. 2. This was confirmed on Android Headlines when some users of the M8, along with the unlocked edition have received their respective updates. Take note that it was only Indian users who reported to have received the update on Monday morning. However, if you are an HTC One M8 user based in the U.S., and you have T-Mobile service, you may want to keep an eye out on your updates.

The Android Lollipop rollout reportedly hasn’t been going smooth since the company started. Several bugs have to be corrected in its last-minute fixes, which resulted in a delay for the M7 and M8 devices. It also resulted in a longer delay for the Nexus 5. There were also reviews that said the Android Lollipop update bricked Nexus 7 devices after it rolled out after the delay.

Several bugs in the OS have derailed HTC’s promises to deliver the Android update within 90 days of its official release by Google. That’s unfortunate news for HTC One M7 and M8 users, and other flagship phones. Mo Versi, HTC U.S. vice president of product management, had to make an update Friday about the deadline.

“We’ve been working hard in the labs with Google and our carrier partners ever since the code release and are making great progress so far, but if you’ve been following the progress of this rollout, you will know that Google has had to address several issues with this release.

“We’ve been diligently working to fix some of them on our end and incorporating Google’s fixes as quickly as possible, but despite everyone’s best efforts, some carrier versions of the HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) will not meet our 90-day goal, which is February 1st.”

This is not the first time that HTC has encountered a delay, according to ZDNet. The manufacturer had trouble meeting its 90-day deadline when it prepared for the Android 4.4 KitKat OS for its carrier-locked version of its HTC One M7. Now it looks like both M7 and M8 users are missing out on the much talked about Android 5.0 OS.

Other company’s flagship phones have received the Lollipop OS quicker than HTC’s phones. LG has been rolling out the Android 5.0 to G3 owners. Samsung already released the update for the Galaxy S5 for Verizon users in the U.S.

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The Android Lollipop delay only applies to the HTC One M7 and M8 phones that are locked to U.S. mobile carriers and certain carriers in other countries. Versi says that unlocked devices, devices purchased through Google Play, and developer editions of the M7 and M8 smartphones have already been updated to the new OS.

HTC users may look to the new One M9 phone instead. According to a report on the Inquisitr, the HTC One M9 is expected to have an eight-core Snapdragon 810 processor and Dolby 5.1 audio technology. HTC is planning to introduce the One M9 in the next few weeks. One M7 and M8 users may want to upgrade their devices if they want access to the Android 5.0 Lollipop OS.

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