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HTC Commits to Android L Release, Will Update Flagship Devices “As Fast As Possible”

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If there was any doubt, know that OEMs are on board with the newest Android L release from Google. Updates like these always come with a caveat, however: devices receive the new version of Android entirely at the respective makers’ discretion. Thankfully, HTC is stepping up to the plate.

HTC committed on the company’s blog to bringing the Android L release to its flagship smartphones – the HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) – as quickly as possible. Other “select HTC devices” will receive the update as well, but HTC was mum on that front.

The company says it will begin the update process within 90 days of receiving final software from Google. That likely won’t be until sometime this fall.

Via: HTC Blog

 

  • creed

    Holy cow! An oem promising to update their phones “as fast as possible.” this is unheard of, no wonder it’s news worthy.

  • tylerc23

    This is good. Now actually do it, and tell Verizon to go screw when they try to delay it.

  • Raikou

    Motorola: Bring it on HTC, bring it on…

  • Arty McBert

    I want the sweet treat update names back. Is there a reason why they went with a letter this time?

    • mudsnowh2o

      Yeah, “Android L” is stupid. How about “Lemon Drop”!

  • Cael

    RIP Droid DNA, One max, and One mini.

    • M3D1T8R

      DNA still going strong in dev rom community.

  • Wesley Proctor

    I knew there was a reason i chose HTC over Samsung :) Samsung is god awful at rolling out updates

    • mudsnowh2o

      Haha, historically HTC has sucked ass with updates and is why I have sworn them off. Rezound owners can attest to this.

  • TboltFo’life

    Will my Thunderbolt receive Android L? That’s a flagship device right?

    • Semantics I’mupforsomeantics

      Yup, as fast as “possible”

    • Hybrid0NE

      Don’t hold your breath buddy. It does say other “Select” HTC devices. I’ve got the EVO LTE and I don’t see it coming my way and the Thunderbolt precedes it by at least a year (I think).

    • bubbleburster

      Isn’t the Thunderbolt only officially up to ICS tho? There’s a J,K before you get to “L” ya know

  • Semantics I’mupforsomeantics

    “as fast as possible” – Key word, “possible”.
    It’s “possible” that it could take as long as the “VZW certification process”, isn’t that right, HTC?

    • CozyTech

      If you want fast update you don’t use VZW. Everybody knows this.

  • M3D1T8R

    So retail non-Nexus flagships should start shipping/updating to L around the start of 2015 maybe. Was thinking about upgrading to a new device later this summer, but with how big L looks might wait yet another year with my trusty DNA – rooted so can probably upgrade to new L roms much sooner.

  • Daistaar

    This is a huge problem that I wish got address. Everyone wants to only update flagships so they can sell you the next flagship next year. This makes devices deprecate faster than they should and does not unify the platform. This is why as per Tim Cook, Android only has 13% of it’s millions of devices on the latest OS, 4.4.

    • Dave

      Doesn’t hurt that Apple makes their OS updates directly available and ties the carrier’s hands essentially. I’ll give them that….

      • evltwn

        But some of their devices should not get the updates…everyone I know that took the ios7 update on their iPhone 4, hated their phone afterwards.

      • Daistaar

        Me too. I wish that was the approach that Google took, especially since the carriers are no longer subsidizing the phones and we’re now paying for them in full.

        • Shamur Stewart

          That was the approach that embodies all Google wanted to avoid, they wanted to be different from Apple, not a shallow copy.

          • Daistaar

            Google didn’t want to be evil. I’m sure they don’t want play the backseat to their own product.

          • Shamur Stewart

            Backseat? Google is content with playing the “backseat”. Sure they want Android unified a lot more, but they aren’t going to trample all over OEMs as that’d change what they made Android to be, an open source operating system.

      • Mike H.

        Also doesn’t hurt that Apple is the only company that makes their stuff. Andrid has 10+ phone manufacturers and even more tablet manufacturers. So the whole argument the Apple guy makes every year is invalid. If Apple had that many manufacturers making essentially endlessly different devices and software skins then they would be in the same boat……and probably have just as much market share.

        • stickyhood

          And Apple only has a small % of the market compared to android

        • Daistaar

          While I agree that there a re a number of OEMs that really shouldn’t matter. The hardware is decently standard outside of different device chasis and skin. Think of this: Microsoft puts out Windows on hundreds of different device maker’s hardware, yet they all get the updates at the same time. An old PC from 2004 can run Windows 7 (like crap) in 2014 and still get updates and patches as Microsoft publishes them to Windows Update.

          What needs to happen is Google needs to flip the updates. They currently have their play services in the store so any device can download it without needing the update. This keeps the OEM in control of the base build. Google needs to switch it so the manufaturer skins get updated through the play store and The Base OS is handled by Google. This way, if the L version came out tomorrow, everyone would get it and the OEMs would have to update the skin through the store instead of the other way around. I hope I decently articulated that as I don’t think I’m conveying the thought all that well.

    • Cael

      Old phones don’t even get all of the features of new iOS stuff though. Nobody is updating old Android phones running ICS with _only_ Google Now and calling it Jelly Bean. Apple’s current iOS percents are really flawed and is fragmentation.

  • Android_09

    Finally got the m8 and I must say it is truly the nicest phone I’ve ever had and Sense is surprisingly nice. The m8 with Viper ROM is a great phone.

    • M3D1T8R

      Yeah I’m waiting to see the Moto X+1 and Sony Z2 (Verizon), but still strongly considering the M8. Played with it again recently and was impressed with the design/feel (more so than the one I played with on release day, something must have been wrong with that unit). Just not sure about the camera.

      • Android_09

        The camera isn’t nearly as bad as some sites *cough cough* say it is. Can you zoom in really far without pixelation? of course not, but after having it for a week I am more than satisfied with the results of the camera and battery life.

        • M3D1T8R

          Thanks for the info. Yeah I have a feeling it would be fine for most things. Great experience with the camera on my old Incredible, pretty good on my DNA as well.

          • Spider210

            I had a DNA and the insurance replaced it with the m8 the camera is ok but not as crisp as the DNA camera but the other benefits make it worth it

          • M3D1T8R

            Nice. I actually got my DNA over a year ago as insurance replacement for my G.Nexus after they sent me five bad replacement G.Nexus’. Gave up insurance to save $ now. Have to upgrade the old fashioned way.. (using one of my dumb phone lines).

      • tylerc23

        It’s an amazing phone. Love it. There isn’t a phone out or coming that I would rather have

    • Maxim∑

      Android revolution is better :)

      • K

        InsertCoin for me :p Love their svn feature

        • PhoenixPath

          Same here. Really need to update my build folders. Been over a week since I checked SVN…

      • Android_09

        I’ve only tried viper. What’s better about AR

        • K

          Some people just don’t like sense roms that include too many mods to the system. In this case, ARHD, like CleanRom for the VZW M8, are mostly just stock builds with beneficial tweaks added in as needed. You won’t see either of these roms bloated with features like venom hub, venom pie, and so on. Some like their roms like this and others don’t.

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      I got the red M8 on Verizon the day it came out, loved the look of it but the battery life and camera were unfortunately significantly worse than the G2 I came from, so I ended up returning it :(

  • Brandon Rosonina

    Did I hear they were releasing L today for developers?

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      Tomorrow.

      • Brandon Rosonina

        Thanks, I was distracted by the protesters. About google making “machines that will kill us all”

  • Shane Redman

    Didn’t they try to do that last time and fail?

    • T4rd

      No..?

  • moelsen8

    there’s so much other news today. why report on this stupid, worthless “commitment” by htc to update as fast as possible to something that’s still months away from being released? i’m sure if you asked every manufacturer they’d all say they’ll get it done as fast as possible. you don’t need the fluff today.

    • Android_09

      Jeez who pissed in your cheerios.

      • moelsen8

        haha i’m still trying to get a handle on my anger over no mention of hangouts/GV. i think it’s funny that every tech site is reporting this story. it’s just htc trying to jump in front of the camera today.

        • broken42

          And take a risk doing it. Think of it this way, if they seriously didn’t believe that they were going to get the updates out within 90 days why would they say this? Every tech blog and tech news site will be hounding them should they not make their self-imposed deadline.

          • moelsen8

            ..they missed the kitkat 90-day one they gave themselves, which they also made a public thing about…..

          • Wesley Proctor

            You probably have an iphone bahahaha

          • moelsen8

            alrighty then. you’re most likely a douchebag.

          • Wesley Proctor

            I’m not the one raging over hangouts/GV

          • moelsen8

            i wouldn’t say i was raging. not sure that makes me a douchebag with an iphone, either. i also don’t think i’m the only GV user that wasn’t happy today.

          • moe

            One week. Cry me a river why don’t you.

            Someone like his drama…

          • moelsen8

            Did they or did they not miss it? I don’t care either way, just pointing out that they missed their own deadline.

          • No; you’re just a drama queen.

            Cute.

            This is a prime example of what we call; Making a big deal out of nothing.

            You’re more than happy to cry, “They missed it!!!” while totally and completely ignoring the “by a week” bit.

            Why? Because adding that tidbit doesn’t stir up the drama as much as you’d like.

            So yeah – cry me a river. They still beat *every* other OEM to the table…and damn near beat a nexus device.

          • moelsen8

            I’m not making a big deal out of anything. At all. Not crying, not trying to stir up any drama, nothing. The person I was responding to said this:
            “And take a risk doing it. Think of it this way, if they seriously didn’t
            believe that they were going to get the updates out within 90 days why
            would they say this? Every tech blog and tech news site will be hounding
            them should they not make their self-imposed deadline.”
            It sounds as if they didn’t know that they already did impose a deadline on themselves.. that they missed. Sure, it was close, and probably due entirely because of the carriers. They still missed it. I pointed that out. To your point, they didn’t beat every other manufacturer. Hello, Moto.

            Stay out of the conversation. You can’t even put your name on your comment. Talk about trying to stir up drama. You’re a piece of sh*t.

          • Bryce

            By One week in the U.S. Every other version met the deadline.

          • moelsen8

            I’m aware of that. They still missed the deadline. I think its a great turnaround; however, I was making this point in response to the person who said that if they give a deadline they can be held accountable.

    • BRIM

      Nice try, Samsung.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Get over yourself Moelsen

  • http://www.littlegreendude.com/ wollac11

    Would be nice if they were updating the Nexus One in the picture aha!

    • broken42

      Someone will, I saw yesterday that there was active development for CM11 on the Droid X. That phone is going on 4 years old and was released the same year as the Nexus One.

      • Dave

        I still have mine in a drawer, unfortunately without LTE and only having 512mb of RAM, it’s just a juiced 3G phone. A free on contract LTE phone from any OEM would absolutely murder it. I still live the old X though….

        • broken42

          Mine is sitting in a drawer as a backup phone should anything happen to my HTC One M8. My old Galaxy Nexus would be my backup phone but it has transitioned into a dev device, yay having to test everything on every platform conceivable for web development.

        • Mike H.

          I sold mine to a friend and to my knowledge my X still lives on. My gnex on the other hand is probably someone’s certified replacement same with my DNA.

          *Verizon should give me top dollar for my phones. They are spotless and the guy didn’t believe me when I traded the DNA in that I used it without a screen protector.

      • http://www.littlegreendude.com/ wollac11

        Yeah I still have mine. It’s is running CM11 4.4.4!