Lost in yesterday’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow bag of Nexus glory was a subtle announcement from T-Mobile as to which of its devices will receive the update to Google’s latest tasty treat. Via their software update status page, we can see a list of devices that have all entered the early development stage for the upgrade to Android 6.0.
Outside of the Nexus devices they support, which are about to receive the update, the rest are all still in stage 1, which is “Manufacturer Development.” In other words, T-Mobile is waiting for each individual OEM to get them updates for testing before being able to push it to your phone. It’ll be a while on some of these, unfortunately. (more…)
Now that Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images are available and over-the-air (OTA) updates are rolling out slowly, what do you say we play a little future predicting? Google, as is always the case (except for that one time Motorola was on top of it), pushes updates to its Nexus line-up first, but after that, it’s a race to see who can be next.
Many of the big manufacturers have to get updates ready for their skins (Samsung, LG, HTC, etc.), while others just need time to make sure all is working well enough with their add-ons (Motorola). Of course, there are carrier barriers here that add time to the process, along with companies having to find the resources needed to work on update testing. In the past, we have seen companies lay out schedules for delivery, while others often shock is with how quickly (or slowly) they get these things ready.
So today, we want to know who you think is going to be first to push an official Marshmallow update (Edit: Outside of Nexus devices, folks. Come on.)? In the poll below, we went with the big guys, but did list an “Other” category as a catch-all for those not listed.
In early August, when Stagefright had many Android owners worried about malicious MMS messages, Google, Samsung, and LG announced fast tracked security updates that would roll out monthly for device owners. With the announcement of these updates, Samsung and LG both stated that thanks to help from carriers and partners, device owners would be able to receive the security updates in a timely manner. The only reason stating that is important is because we all know the damper effect carriers have on OTA updates for Android.
Over the weekend, HTC America’s president, Jason Mackenzie, was asked if his company would also be providing monthly security updates for device owners. On Twitter, Mackenzie stated that commitment such as that, “is not realistic.” (more…)
As soon as Google’s morning event wrapped up, an email hit our inbox, claiming HTC is going to unwrap a brand new, Marshmallow-powered One device on October 20 via a “virtual event.” What is meant by virtual event, HTC states, “This is not your traditional smartphone so we aren’t hosting a traditional launch event.” (more…)
According to @evleaks, this is the HTC Aero, a mid-range phone from HTC that will debut at some point in the near future. It has a 1080p display and low-end Snapdragon 617 processor and some RAM and a camera or two. It’s a phone. It’s also a blatant iPhone 6 clone. Yeah, this is that phone we couldn’t stop laughing at when it first appeared back in August next to an iPhone. (more…)
HTC’s upcoming mid-range device, the One A9, has been reportedly photographed, posted online by the good people at No Where Else. As seen below, the device does not appear to be up for any beauty contests, since it features one of the largest bottom bezels we have ever seen on a recent smartphone. This is thanks to the inclusion of a home button/fingerprint reader, as well as HTC’s branding. Woof. (more…)
The retired leakster @evleaks is back at it, detailing specs and release information for HTC’s upcoming One A9 smartphone, aka Hima Aero. The device, according to Evan, will feature a 5″ FHD AMOLED display, Snapdragon 617 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 13MP rear-facing camera, 4 UltraPixel front-facing camera, and metal build. (more…)
For the rest of today (up until 11:59PM PT), HTC is hosting a a bunch of “Hot” deals on a handful of its products. You’ll find the One M9 at 25% off, plus it still comes with a $100 Google Play credit. The Nexus 9 is 40% off, while accessories, including the RE Camera, are 50% off.
Again, the deals run through tonight at 11:59PM Pacific. If you need anything, be quick about it.
HTC Hot Deals Link