Google just shared a pretty comprehensive overview of what changes and new features it’s bringing to its mobile platform with the release of Android L later this year. Developers are about to get an early start with the update as the preview release becomes available tomorrow, but what about the rest of us? When can we hope to see updates for our existing Android models bring all this Android L goodness to them? Expect various OEMs to start chiming-in with their respective update plans over the next few months, but today HTC is ready to get us started, filling us in on its intentions for the One M8 and last year’s One M7.
Android L updates will be available for both the One M8 and One M7 within 90 days of Google releasing the source code. Exactly when that code will land is still unknown (and this doesn’t mean the release of the developer preview), but once it does, HTC will have those updates out – and with global availability, no less – in about three months.
Following those releases, HTC says that other One-series models (like the One Mini 2) will get their own updates, though there’s no hard timetable for those (“shortly after” the flagship Ones is the best HTC can do). The manufacturer additionally informs us that Android L updates will be available to “select” other HTC Androids, but isn’t naming which just yet.