HTC Google Play edition Android Lollipop updates delayed, still coming this week
Android 5.0 Lollipop updates started arriving for Nexus phones right around the middle of last week. We saw factory images, OTAs, and everything we needed to start using the latest Android system software on our favorite Nexus models. With that hurdle out of the way, our attention starts turning to Google Play edition models, which while they aren’t privy to quite the same super-fast updates as Nexus devices (even if some other companies did give Google a run for its money this time around), are often right behind with update of their own. HTC looked like it was going to be the first OEM to see its GPe models get Lollipop, teasing on Friday that updates would be out “early next week.” With next week now here, where are they? It turns out we’ve got a little bit longer to wait.
HTC VP Mo Versi, who originally shared that GPe update news last week, took to Twitter again this afternoon to address questions about the seemingly absent updates. He clarifies that an unexpected delay has come up, and that HTC is “working aggressively” to get updates for both the One M7 and One M8 (which itself is nice confirmation to see, having been unsure last week if Versi was referring to one or both models) out this week. Right now the ETA is set for Friday.
That’s a few days later than we were expecting, but all things considered, it’s really not that bad. Hopefully, this release will also encourage the other members of the GPe family to double-time it with their own updates; we know companies like Sony have already been working with Lollipop, so we’re optimistic some of them could follow along shortly.