All the talk over the last few months has been around the now infamous Android 5.0 (Lollipop). The latest android operating system is big news and everyone wants to get their hands on it. So far, some flagships have seen Lollipop landing while most other devices are still waiting on their official update to arrive. HTC are one of those companies who were quick out of the starting blocks in making their intentions of delivering Lollipop to the HTC One M8 and One M7 known. The developers version of the One M8 did receive the update a couple of weeks back and it is now expected the standard M8 and M7 are sure to get their update imminently.
Well, today the next step in the HTC Lollipop’s existence has begun. It seems HTC have now uploaded and made available the kernel source code for their particular flavour of Lollipop. That is, Lollipop with Sense 6 overlay. For most users (and especially non-HTC owners) this will be of no benefit at all. However, for developers, this is the first step needed in allowing them access to the HTC version of Lollipop so that they can create their custom ROMs and ports for HTC devices.
If you are someone who owns a HTC device and likes custom ROM based around Sense, then this will be good news for you. Of course, you will still have to wait until the developers absorb the kernel code and repackage it within their ROM offering. But at least with the source code being made available, this is now one step closer. In terms of the actual Lollipop update for the HTC One M8 and One M7, it has been reported (continuously) that it should be arriving within the next week. Maybe a little longer for the HTC One M7 (first week or two of February most likely) but either way, the updates are on the way. If you are a One M7 owner, then it was also reported recently that this update will probably be the last for your device. If that is the case and thanks to the release of the kernel source code, you will at least be able to get further updates from the custom Sense ROMs that will now be coming.