HTC: Android Lollipop for Google Play Edition M7 and M8 targeted for early next week


HTC One M8 Google Play edition

Owners of HTC’s two Google Play Edition phones — last year’s HTC One M7 and this year’s HTC One M8 — might be in for a very nice treat next week. Mo Versi, the company’s vice president of product management, confirmed on Twitter that they’re targeting “early next week” for the Android 5.0 Lollipop roll out for these two devices.

It’s not all that surprising considering Google Play Edition phones are mostly stock Android, though some of them include custom drivers to support the devices’ unique hardware features. The building and testing process, then, takes a lot less work and time than, say, the normal versions of these phones.

Unfortunately the word “target” means there’s a chance the date could slip, though HTC has built up a solid enough track record that we wouldn’t worry about it too much. We’ll be on the lookout for its arrival so stay tuned to Phandroid for the latest!

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Awesome to see the OEMs work to get the update out promptly.
    Still patiently waiting for the OTA on my Nexus 5.

    1. You learned that patience from one plus didn’t you ? Same here using opo right now but can’t wait for ota for nexus 5.

      1. Don’t wait. Sideload it.

        In fact you don’t even have to wait for OTA to start rolling out. It is even less of a wait if you unlock your boot loader when you first get your phone, because that step does wipe your phone. If this is done, then you can flash a factory image published afterwards without ever wiping again by slightly altering the flash-all script (it involves removing -w from one line of text).

        I did this with my Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, and every factory image has since gone on on day one, before a single person received an OTA notification. All my data and settings are still here.

        1. I’ll keep that in mind .thank you for the reply. Btw are you getting a nexus 6 or do you like the nexus 5 ? I have an opo and keep returning to the nexus 5 I like its form factor and its stock os.

          1. I am most likely going to skip the 6. I used to have Note 1, and found it uncomfortable to use as a phone. I like the size of Nexus 5, and hope that the next year’s version is closer to it in terms of size. I have smallish hands and the idea of trying to grip a phone that size and put it to my ear makes me cringe. We own a Nexus 7, so if I need pure android on a larger screen, I already get that.

            The 650 price is a also a bit high to update on a whim for me. It gives me enough of a pause to take another look at the Nexus 5 in my hand. And it still runs like a champ on the newly released Lollipop. Perhaps the Nexus version next year will be compelling enough for me to part with this one, but Nexus 6 doesn’t look like it yet.

            P.S. – The Nexus 5 was so compelling a phone at the price that 3 of my coworkers (in a rather small office, mind you), have each bought one too after looking at mine. They all came from iPhones to their Nexus, and then saw this year’s iPhone 6 release, and shrugged it off.

          2. Now that’s playing with power! Yeah the nexus 5 is a compelling device and a true value and work horse. The 6 looks cool but it’s massive actually considering selling my one plus and getting what I paid keeping my nexus 5 running lollipop and either get a s5 or wait for s6 then root and run cyanogen . the six is too big. Glad you got your friends off iOS. The five is amazing hopefully Google will update the five next year perfect size and handheld. Thanks for the comparison w the note one and the six I’m guessing it’s a lot of phone to hold. Thanks again and have an awesome day :)

    2. Just sideload it, the zips are hosted already and its the exact same file.

      1. Lots of us don’t really want to have to side load it, I don’t want my phone wiped.

        1. Actually, side loading the OTA zip file that Android Central and some other sites have posted do not wipe your device. I was able to do it last night on my Nexus 5. The only problem I had was getting the computer to recognize my device in recovery mode which involved a bit of coding in a file. After that, everything was smooth sailing and I retained all my app data.

          1. Unlocking makes you wipe.

          2. That is true, however, side loading an OTA zip file does NOT require root or boot loader unlocking. It is actually designed that way :)

            I am not rooted or have an unlocked boot loader so I can confirm this.

  2. Uh….I wish Google would target my unlocked N5 THIS week cuz I’m still waiting for that OTA

    1. Just ADB it. AP has the zips hosted and it only take a few minutes to sideload it.

  3. Good news. I wonder if the FM radio will be supported in the M8’s GPE this time?

  4. Really? You haven’t gotten the ota for your n5?

  5. That s good news, hope that HTC steps on delivering Android Lollipop to their devices soon, quicker than predicted.

  6. Yesssss Cant wait ! Ive been waiting for news about this for 2 weeks. lol.

  7. It’s very good news if they release it so soon.

  8. I know its Monday but any word on any 5.0 updates on M8 GPE? TNX

    1. Havent got it yet, ill check again later.

      1. Cool. Me too.

        1. Bummer. Thanks for the update.

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