Just like last year, when it over-promised on the heels of Lollipop’s formal debut and ended up under-delivering on the Android 5.0 upgrade front, HTC follows up Google’s 6.0 Marshmallow announcement with a hefty inventory of Ones, Desires and Butterflies soon to get the extreme software makeover.
As you’d expect, the company’s latest two flagship devices shall kick the festivities into gear by the end of 2015. Of course, you shouldn’t hold your breath for global One M9 and M8 promotions from OS build 5.1 to 6.0 this year, but simply a start to the gradual OTA rollout in a handful of European and/or Asian markets. Possibly the US too, though most likely as far as unlocked, carrier-agnostic variants are concerned only.
Next up, the One M9+, E9+, E9, ME, E8, M8 Eye, Butterfly 3, Desire 826, 820, and 816 will leave Lollipops in the dust and embrace sweet, squishy Marshmallows sometime in 2016, according to HTC America President Jason Mackenzie.
Considering the age and more than respectable hardware specifications of most of those models, it’s not surprising in the least to hear they’ll qualify for the update. Still, we couldn’t help but fear the Desire 816, for instance, wouldn’t make the cut, seeing as how it accommodates a measly 8GB data internally.
On the not so bright side, a trio of relatively fresh, relatively powerful HTC phones recently rumored to score Android 6.0 are notably missing from the official list. There’s the 2015 M8s, a near-identical M8 clone with octa-core Snapdragon 615 punch, 2GB RAM, and 16GB ROM.
Second, the 2014 Desire Eye is absent, despite also featuring 2 gigs of memory and 16 of storage space. Third, no love for the one year-old Butterfly 2 in sight, even if the polycarbonate beast touts a Snapdragon 801 chip and 2GB RAM. Hopefully, all three will be included in the final draft.