HTC received a lot of flak lately for incessantly diluting the One brand with confusingly similar M9 derivations, as well as “cloning” iPhone designs to deliver an upper mid-range Android that’s also a tad pricey.
But the one thing you can’t fault the financially struggling Taiwanese tech outfit for is software support. The One A9 is among a handful of devices running 6.0 Marshmallow, and before long, a dozen of Lollipop-powered HTC phones should follow suit on the endurance-improving bandwagon.
You’d think the company’s newest global flagship would be first in line for the crucial makeover, yet recent authorization for a 0P6BXXX with Android 6.0 from the Bluetooth SIG suggests the One M8 could actually steal the M9’s thunder. Or perhaps HTC plans to simultaneously update the two handhelds, essentially acknowledging they’re that closely related.
Either way, Marshmallow optimization for the convolutedly codenamed M8 is definitely in full swing, and we may see sweet over-the-air rollouts begin in a few weeks. Hopefully, Lollipop’s stability issues won’t prove contagious, and the worldwide and especially US carrier expansion will go down faster and smoother.
In case you can no longer remember the HTC One M8, think of it as the M9, minus 1GB RAM, the overheating Snapdragon 810 SoC, 240 mAh battery juice, and with a gimmicky Dual Camera rear arrangement in place of the more straightforward 20MP single shooter. All in all, a mid-end device by today’s standards, with a done-to-death but exquisite design.