It’s raining Lollipop in Android land these days, as the Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, HTC One M8, and Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2012, 2013) owners have all received 5.0 Lollipop, Google’s latest OS update, for their devices.
HTC has shown some love to its latest devices, but older One M7 users are starting to clamor for their taste of Android’s sweet treat. HTC Product Marketing VP Mo Versi was asked yesterday about when One M7 users could expect Lollipop on T-Mobile’s network. “End of the month is our target. Will advice once closer,” Versi responded on Twitter yesterday evening.
HTC’s transparency about its OS update releases is commendatory, but a number of HTC fans are anxiously awaiting their update because the Taiwanese manufacturer made a 90-day claim regarding Android 5.0 Lollipop that didn’t materialize as promised. While manufacturers like Samsung and LG have been criticized for saying little, if anything at all, these same companies can also be commended for refraining from statements that could only disappoint users, in the long run.
Still, that doesn’t mean that Android manufacturers are where they should be. Samsung surprised everyone earlier this month when it released Android 5.0 Lollipop for Verizon Galaxy S5 users in the United States, and LG’s Lollipop announcement that preceded Samsung’s (though based in Poland) had many G3 users believing they’d get the update first.
HTC looks to release Lollipop for not only T-Mobile, but other US carriers in the coming days. Android 5.0 looks to bring lock screen notifications, a battery-saving mode, fluid animations, 3D views, floating action buttons, a “Flappy Bird” easter egg, and much more. In the case of HTC One users, the update may bring a significant increase in web browsing time (what we’ve heard about Lollipop’s impact on the One M8).