As promised exactly one week back, it only took HTC’s software engineers an additional few days to acquire Google’s technical approval for One M8 GPe’s Marshmallow update, and so, Android 6.0 now spreads to the aging aluminum unibody hero.
Technically, this is one of the first non-Nexus and non-Android One devices in the world to officially board the M bandwagon, although in reality, a Google Play edition functions pretty much the same as a Nexus from a software standpoint.
The phone’s pre-installed KitKat OS was very close to stock, the subsequent Lollipop makeovers retained the “vanilla” user experience, and Marshmallow enters the equation with advanced Doze power management, Now on Tap, improved privacy and security, and a refreshed UI, all in the clean, silky smooth form Google envisioned them.
As always, you should look to pull the firmware over-the-air strictly on Wi-Fi, even though it’s far from the heftiest ever enhancement package, at around 450MB. Keep the battery above the 50 percent mark, and just as a precaution, back up all your data before downloading and installing.