Google rolled out the Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Android M) updates for its Nexus devices two months ago. Now, it is slowly trickling to other phone manufacturers like the popular HTC. This is the latest update about the release of Android L and Android M on HTC One M7, M8, and M9.
An official word from U.S HTC announced that the OTA roll out of Android M for HTC One M8 is coming within 24 hours. However, not all HTC One M8 subscribers are getting the latest update. Only subscribers with unlocked phones and not to tied a particular wireless carrier will receive the roll out.
"HTC One (M8) unlocked owners! Great news, all testing has been complete [sic.] and the update for Marshmallow will be sent out within 24 hours. Thx" tweeted Mo Versi, Vice President of Product Management in HTC.
Previously, HTC One M8 Google Play Edition also received an update from Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The device can now have the HTC Sense 7.0 UI layer on top of Android M.
For the HTC One M9, Versi confirmed this week on Twitter that the device will receive Android M update before the end of 2015, as per Neurogadget report says. HTC officials said the update is being readied and will be arriving soon. However, it appears Android M will only be available for the unlocked M9 devices.
HTC is usually good about promising the Android upgrade to their devices within 90 days after the initial update.
There were some missed deadlines last year when the company released Android 5.0 (also known as Android L or Lollipop). Some user might choose to get Android 5.1.1 to enjoy their familiar software, but some might skip that and go straight to Android 6.0.
Meanwhile, here is the list of HTC devices slated to get Android 6.0 Marshmallow: One M9+, One E9+, One E9, One ME, One E8, One E8 EYE, Butterfly 3, Desire 826, Desire 820, and the Desire 816. For M7 users, their device might not get the update, as it is an older phone.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow received high scores in user reviews. The improved version of "Now on Top" feature gives users a better understanding of what their apps are trying to do.
Beyond some of those marquee features, Android M is equipped with few tricks to keep the device running for as long as possible. It has battery saving techniques to extend its battery life. "Doze" is the more technically impressive of the batch since it knows when the device is just sitting around, and it shuts down nearly all background services, according to review from Engadget.