Google Inc. released the Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Android M) updates for its Nexus phones two months ago. Now, other phone manufacturers like HTC are set to upgrade their own devices. Here is the latest news about Android M releases for HTC One M7, M8, M9.
Aside from HTC One A9, which has built-in Android M, One M8 is the only device among GPE variants that has Android Marshmallow. According to rumors, HTC's latest flagship, the One M9, will soon to follow.
Mo Versi, HTC's vice president for product management, tweeted last week that owners of the unlocked version of One M8--those that are not tied to any carrier-- can now have the Android 6.0 update after the OTA (over-the-air) notification.
The update is available only after OTA notification, meaning users would not have an opportunity to upgrade their own devices manually.
We detailed the HTC One M8 upgrade in our previous article.
For HTC One M9 users, they will receive Android M update before the end of 2015, as per Neurogadget report says. HTC officials said the upgrade is now in the last stages and will be arriving soon. However, not all HTC One M9 users will get the update; it seems it will only be available to unlocked One M9 owners.
Meanwhile, here is the list of HTC devices set to receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow: One M9+, One E9+, One E9, One ME, One E8, Desire 820, Desire 826, Butterfly 3, and Desire 86. Unfortunately, owners of HTC One M7 will not have the upgrade, as it is an older phone.
When phone manufacturers are upgrading their devices, most of the time, the latest devices receive the new platform, and then it will trickle down to the older ones. Sometimes, the oldest devices might not get the update at all.
In an Android M review from The Verge, it says the new operating system could the best version of Android software. The improved version of Now on Tap has the potential to give Google insight into apps, just like it knows everything about the web - as long as Google can keep it useful enough to entice users to long-press that home button.
Assuming Google can get better Now on Tap (and quell privacy concerns), it might need to think about another rebranding. Google itself got a new logo, maybe Android should get a new name soon.
The latest operating system of Android got 8.5 (out of 10) score from the review.