Those with the aging HTC One M8 from US carriers have been patiently awaiting the update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, after seeing it arrive for countless other variants. Today, more details have arrived regarding the HTC One M8 Android 6.0 update in the US on Sprint, T-Mobile and more.
In December HTC delivered on its promise to deliver Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the HTC One M9 before the end of the year, but that was only for a very select few users with the unlocked model. However, earlier this week they announced Android 6.0 Marshmallow is headed to both the HTC One M8 and HTC One M9 this week. Sadly, that was for Canadian carriers.
Initially HTC was aiming for late December or very early in January for both the HTC One M9 and the older M8, but things aren’t arriving as fast as they hoped. However, this week HTC’s own Mo Versi has announced multiple details on Twitter that users need to know about.
As of today the HTC One M9 and One M8 international, unlocked, and Google Play Editions have Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The newer HTC One A9 even has Android 6.0.1 already, and is getting the latest security patch starting today.
That said, what about the HTC One M8 that was released in 2014? We have good news for those owners as well. Mo Versi, a senior VP and product manager at HTC has shared timelines and release dates (or estimates) for multiple versions of the HTC One M8 in the United States. Here’s what we know.
According to Mo, the Sprint HTC One M8 will get approval today, and should start rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow as of tomorrow night. January 23rd. This includes the Harmon Kardon edition as well, which is good news for the select few that purchased that model.
Then, as you can see above HTC is aiming for January 25th to rollout the HTC One M8 Android 6.0 Marshmallow update on T-Mobile. That will hopefully very quickly be followed by the same update on AT&T and Verizon, and for the HTC One M9.
Last month we heard early January for the Verizon HTC One M8 and M9, but that’s yet to arrive and we’re still waiting for more details. That being said, it looks like owners of the HTC One M8 and M9 in the United States with carrier models can expect updates to start arriving as soon as tomorrow night on Sprint, and this weekend on T-Mobile.
Above goes over most of the changes coming in Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and HTC will likely have plenty of their own bug fixes and performance enhancements as well. Especially to HTC Sense. The changelog from HTC specifically mentions improved permission controls for better security, Google Now on Tap, Android Doze for better battery life, latest security patches and much more.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow doesn’t offer too many visual changes, but there are plenty of new additions to Android. From faster performance, better battery life, tighter security, better volume controls and more. It’s a big update that all owners should accept once it arrives. Thoe with the HTC One M8 on Sprint should see it first, potentially tomorrow night. Wait for the over the air notification, or head into settings > about phone > check for updates and manually pull the update and install it.
We’d recommend using a WiFi connection and having nearly 50% or more battery remaining. Also, check out these helpful tips to backup your smartphone before the update in case anything goes wrong and a factory data reset is required.
Stay tuned for more details, as HTC should begin pushing multiple Android 6.0 updates to carry versions of its phones in the United States in the near future.